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The Horse Whisperer (1998) Poster

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'Horse whispering' is somewhat of a misnomer. Native Americans would sometimes tame a horse by jumping on its back and biting its ear to make it stop bucking (the pain would be worse if the rider's teeth were jerked by the horse's head). Some observers misunderstood what was happening and assumed the rider was whispering in the horse's ear to calm it.
This was the first film directed by Robert Redford in which he appeared on screen. However, he previously served as the narrator of A River Runs Through It (1992).
Natalie Portman withdrew from the starring role in this movie to appear in "The Diary of Anne Frank" on Broadway instead.
Robert Redford acquired the screen rights to Nick Evans' book before the novel was even published.
Listed in the closing credits as 'equine technical advisor' is a man named Buck Brannaman. He's the subject of a 2011 documentary titled Buck (2011) which relates his own troubled past and how he became a 'horse whisperer'. In the Redford movie, there's a picture of Buck and his brother Smokie Brannaman in the montage of old family photos during a scene at the Booker home. It's the one with two young boys with Santa Claus; Buck is the boy on the left.
Was filmed in the same area as another Robert Redford film, A River Runs Through It (1992), up the Boulder Valley, south of a small Montana town called Big Timber.
Kate Bosworth's first film. She was chosen as they required an experienced rider for the role of Judith.
Emma Thompson was originally tipped for the female lead.
Kate Bosworth turned down the role of Grace MacLean.
In the early scenes in New York, the film is presented in a standard 1.85:1 aspect ratio. As the location shifts to Montana, the film widens the viewing area to a 2.35:1 aspect ratio.
This was Jeanette Nolan's final film before her death on June 5, 1998 at the age of 86. She died only three weeks after the film was released.
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John Barry's original score for this film was rejected - it would ultimately become his concept album "The Beyondness Of Things".
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This is one of three films in which Sam Neill appears that is related to Montana. In The Hunt for Red October (1990), his character reveals his dream to see Montana and in Jurassic Park (1993) he is working in an dinosaur excavation in the state at the beginning of the film.
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This is the first of two cinematic collaborations between Robert Redford (Tom Booker) and Scarlett Johansson (Grace MacLean). They would work together again in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).
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In the book, Pilgrim is dark bay, rather than chestnut, and a Morgan horse. Gulliver (Judith's horse) is the chestnut.
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Lucas Black turned down a part in this movie as they wanted him to change his accent.
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Scenes filmed with actress/singer Betty Buckley were ultimately cut from the final film.
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After A River Runs Through It (1992), this is the second film directed by Robert Redford that was set in Montana and where one of the main characters has the surname MacLean. However, this is purely coincidental, as the characters are derived from novels that were written by two different authors almost 20 years apart.
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Sharon Stone wanted the role of Annie MacLean.
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Although Scarlett Johansson got an 'introducing' credit on this movie, it was actually her seventh role in a feature film already.
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When Annie is researching horses and healers in her office, she is drinking from a Seattle's Best Coffee foam coffee cup.
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Annie's car is a Range Rover, license plate MX 8266.
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