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Running Free -- The tale of the extraordinary life and times of Lucky, a horse that was born in captivity but achieves his dream of running free with the help of a stableboy.


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Writers (WGA):
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  (in credits order)

Chase Moore ... Young Richard
Maria Geelbooi ... Nyka

Arie Verveen ... Adult Richard

Jan Decleir ... Boss Man
Graham Clarke ... Mine Supervisor

Patrick Lyster ... Officer

Morné Visser ... Groom
Dan Robbertse ... Colonel (as Daniel J. Robbertse)
Nicholas Trueb ... Hans, Boss' Son
Robin Smith ... Blacksmith
Iluce Kgao ... Nyka's Friend

Lukas Haas ... Narrator (voice)
Fat Albert ... Caesar (the horse)
Kateefa ... Grey Mare / Lucky's Dam

Directed by
Sergei Bodrov  (as Sergey Bodrov)
Writing credits
Jean-Jacques Annaud (story) and
Jeanne Rosenberg (story)

Jeanne Rosenberg (screenplay)

Produced by
Jean-Jacques Annaud .... producer
Dschingis Bowakow .... line producer: Germany
Lloyd Phillips .... executive producer
Alisa Tager .... executive producer
Original Music by
Nicola Piovani 
Cinematography by
Dan Laustsen 
Film Editing by
Ray Lovejoy 
Casting by
Janet Meintjies 
Production Design by
Wolf Kroeger 
Art Direction by
Zack Grobler 
Jonathan Hely-Hutchinson 
Set Decoration by
Emilia Roux  (as Emilia Roux Weavind)
Costume Design by
Jo Katsaras 
Makeup Department
Pia Cornelius .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Angela Phillips .... production manager: second unit
Michael Saxton .... post-production supervisor
Patricia Wheeler .... production coordinator
Birgit Wittemann .... production manager: Germany
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ellen M. Hillers .... second second assistant director
Philip A. Patterson .... first assistant director
Andre Weavind .... second assistant director
Art Department
Herbert Adler .... lead construction (as Herbie Adler)
Dirk Buchmann .... property master
Vivienne Gray .... draughtsperson
Gregor Mager .... property master: Germany
Peter Menne .... art director: Germany
Tracy Perkins .... painter
Laurel Pickering .... lead scenic artist
Clive Pollick .... construction coordinator
Gordon Russell .... construction
Elaine Seidel .... painter
Liz van den Berg .... scenic foreman
Vosloo Van Der Merwe .... carpenter
Tim Pannen .... assistant art director: Germany (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rodney Glenn .... supervising sound editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Conrad Kuhne .... production sound mixer
Ruth Sullivan .... foley artist
Andy Thompson .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David J. Brown .... special effects foreman
Brian Cox .... pyrotechnician
Rick Cresswell .... special effects supervisor
Gerhard van der Heever .... special effects foreman
Visual Effects by
Matthew Glen .... vfx editor
Kent Houston .... visual effects supervisor
Tim Ollive .... digital artist
Andrea Adams .... CG animator: Peerless (uncredited)
Martin Body .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
John Paul Docherty .... digital effects supervisor (uncredited)
Ditch Doy .... CG supervisor: Peerless (uncredited)
Susi Roper .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
David Smith .... optical cameraman: Peerless Camera (uncredited)
Kurt E. Soderling .... visual effects camera operator (uncredited)
John Swinnerton .... compositor (uncredited)
Marc Twinam-Cauchi .... CG artist: Peerless Camera (uncredited)
Pat Wong .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Edwin Green .... stunts
Grant Hulley .... stunts
Russel Loomes .... stunts
Cordell McQueen .... stunts
Francois Rademeyer .... stunts
Danie Van Rensberg .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Anthony Bannister .... still photographer
Lars Cox .... focus puller: second unit
Carlos De Carvalho .... focus puller
Mauriece Jacks Jr. .... video assist operator
Nasmie Majiet .... grip
Peter McCaffrey .... camera operator
Alexander Palm .... assistant camera: Germany
Kurt E. Soderling .... aerial director of photography
Kurt E. Soderling .... director of photography: second unit
Roger Vernon .... wildlife director of photography
Adi Visser .... first assistant camera: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carolyn Marston .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Nerissa Black .... post-production facilities coordinator
Ian Differ .... assistant editor: avid
Emma Gaffney .... second assistant editor
Jo Harland .... assistant editor
Giulia Maura .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Graham Sutton .... music editor
Fabio Venturi .... music recording engineer
Other crew
Wiebina Berrington .... second unit: script supervisor
Zelie Bullen .... assistant animal trainer (as Zelie Thompson)
James W. Gavin .... aerial unit coordinator
James W. Gavin .... aerial unit director
Heath Harris .... animal trainer
Lara Holmes .... assistant to producer (as Lara Reyes)
Julie Huntsinger .... assistant: Lloyd Phillips
Roly Jansen .... safety advisor
Tish Johnson .... assistant accountant: Namibia
Lance Julian .... marine consultant
George Lakes .... production accountant
Bobby Lovgren .... animal trainer
Alvin William 'Dutch' Lunak .... assistant animal trainer (as Dutch Lunak)
Elizabeth McMullan .... animal trainer
Richard Morrison .... title designer
Paul 'Sled' Reynolds .... head animal trainer (as Sled Reynolds)
Dezi Rorich .... unit publicity
Alec Schulmann .... production assistant
Jim Stockley .... animal trainer: lions
Janine van Assen .... accommodation coordinator
Beetle Van Graan .... unit assistant
Catherine Charlton .... adr dialogue (uncredited)
James W. Gavin .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Joanne Goldstone .... location accountant (uncredited)
Alida Rubens .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Dean Wares .... title typography (uncredited)

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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A horse and his boy..., 15 July 2001
Author: rps-2 from Bracebridge Ont

A rather nice boy and his horse picture. Or is it a horse and his boy? There are some great animal shots. (It must have been hell getting the horses to "act.") The film is shot in Namibia, the setting for the story, and there are some superb scenes. My only problem with the film was the rather absurd off camera narration by the horse. And even if they had to use this tired device, they could have chosen a better voice than the wimpy one they did. But all in all, it made for a pleasant enough evening and I imagine for a horse lover (which I am not) it would be sublime.

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