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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  24 May 2002 (USA)
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As a wild stallion travels across the frontiers of the Old West, he befriends a young human and finds true love with a mare.




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Complete credited cast:
Spirit (voice)
The Colonel (voice)
Little Creek (voice)
Sgt. Adams (voice)
Murphy / Railroad Foreman (voice)
John Rubano ...
Soldier (voice)
Bill (voice)
Joe (voice) (as Matthew Levin)
Pete (voice)
Robert Cait ...
Jake (voice)
Roy (voice)
Meredith Wells ...
Little Indian Girl (voice)
Little Creek's Friend (voice)
Little Creek's Friend (voice)
Donald Fullilove ...
Train Pull Foreman (voice) (as Don Fullilove)


The mustang stallion Spirit grows up to proudly succeed his father as leader of the Cimarron herd in the unspoiled Wild West. When 'civilization' reaches Dakota territory, naive curiosity gets him caught by cowboys and sold to the US Cavalry. Its method of training by breaking a horse fails utterly on him. Just when the colonel intends to shoot Spirit, the equally indomitable captured young Lakota brave, Little Creek, escapes on his back. He also tricks him to a coral with his beloved mare, but shows respect and wins some trust. As the railroad arrives, the Indian village is wrecked and Spirit gets captured for use as a draft-horse. When the stallion realizes this project threatens his whole world, he escapes and unleashes the fury of a force of nature, ultimately teaming up with Little Creek. Written by KGF Vissers

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stallion | escape | mare | cavalry | love | See All (91) »


Some legends can never be tamed. See more »


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Release Date:

24 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$23,213,736 (USA) (24 May 2002)


$128,531 (Japan) (18 April 2003)

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Did You Know?


Tom Hanks and Robert Redford were considered for the narration. See more »


After Spirit has fought the cougar and the herd runs over to meet him, there are trees in the background. There is then a close up of Spirit and Esperanza (his mother) and a shot of the foal. Yet when the camera zooms out to show the whole group, the trees are gone. See more »


[Spirit is about to make a spectacular jump off a canyon]
Little Creek: Oh no...
Spirit: Oh yes!
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References Dances with Wolves (1990) See more »


Brothers Under the Sun
Written by Bryan Adams, Steve Jablonsky, Gretchen Peters
Performed by Bryan Adams
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User Reviews

Full of Heart, a great story.
22 December 2002 | by (Bay Area, California, USA) – See all my reviews

If only ALL animation was this great. This film is classic because it is strong is two simple aspects: Story and Character. The characters in this film are beautifully personified. I felt for all of the characters, and human-animal relationship in the movie works perfectly. The beautiful animation and 3-D computer animation hasn't worked better in any other film. This is a great movie for kids, and for adults who want a classic hero's journey. 8 of 10.

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