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The Horse Whisperer (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Western  |  15 May 1998 (USA)
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The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer to help the girl's equally injured horse.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Booker
Frank Booker
Liz Hammond
Ty Hillman ...
Joe Booker
Judith (as Catherine Bosworth)
Austin Schwarz ...
Twin #1
Dustin Schwarz ...
Twin #2
Grandma Ellen Booker
Steve Frye ...
Don Edwards ...
Lucy, Annie's Assistant


A teenage girl riding a horse is hit by a truck. To help heal her troubled/injured daughter, and horse, the mother takes them to Montana to recuperate at the ranch of a 'horse whisperer', a horse healer of mystical talents. The mother proceeds to fall in love with him, as well. Written by Dan <fpdj@intergate.bc.ca>

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Drama | Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a disturbing accident scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El señor de los caballos  »

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,685,488 (USA) (15 May 1998)


£5,448,177 (UK) (9 October 1998)

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Did You Know?


This is the second movie that Robert Redford has directed that was set in Montana and where one of the main characters has the surname 'MacLean'. The first one was A River Runs Through It (1992). However, this is purely coincidental, as the characters are derived from novels that were written by two different authors almost 20 years apart. See more »


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Some of the most beautiful cinematography you will find
12 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is one of Robert Redford's best - the quiet rancher - meets the pushy high powered NYC editor who is determined to help her daughter after a traumatic riding accident.

As others have mentioned the experience not only changes the horse but most of the "supporting" characters.

The cinematography was powerful - while I am not a student of the discipline I could see that the angles chosen for the subject, the landscape scenes of the beautiful Montana ranges and sunsets - one could watch and understand the movie without the dialog.

I believe Ansel Adams - if he were alive - would love some of these scenes.

I vote this as a "must see" for everyone. It not only has a powerful plot but beautiful cinematography...

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