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War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 25 December 2011 (USA)
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Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

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Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

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Separated by war. Tested by battle. Bound by friendship.

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Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of war violence | See all certifications »

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25 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caballo de guerra  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,512,000, 23 December 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$79,884,879, 3 May 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,584,879, 3 May 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The tank created for the movie is now an exhibit in a bona fide tank museum in Dorset, England, among real tanks including those from World War I. See more »

Goofs

Before leaving for France Major Stewart gives the order for battle; there is to be no polish so that a glinting bridle or stirrup would not give away their position. In the scenes set in France all the metal on the horse's bridles is freshly polished. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Jamie Stewart: What are you up to?
Capt. Nicholls: I'm writing a letter.
Maj. Jamie Stewart: With a picture in it?
Capt. Nicholls: It's to the boy who owned Joey. I want to show him how wonderful he's looking.
Maj. Jamie Stewart: Before we take him across the channel to face a million German guns.
Capt. Nicholls: Yes, before that.
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The Scarlet and the Blue
By John Tams and Adrian Sutton
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Very well made. A modern film reminiscent of the classics.
10 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

It is well understood from the first few scenes that the typical cliché of both war films and animal dramas will stain Spielberg's canvas, yet the film pushes forward, earning well-deserved praise. Quite a few scenes are captivating to say the least; as is the scene with the horse, Joey, forging through heavily barb-wired no man's land.

'War Horse' surely reminisces the older WW1 films, and epic war films in general, such as Lawrence of Arabia, that drag on forever, yet do not fail to keep you enthralled with their stunning visuals and top-notch acting. Jeremy Irvine's performance was acceptable for an actor fairly new to the game, as were the performances of the gamut of child actors in the film, but honorable mentions must go to Emily Watson, Niels Arestrup, and Peter Mullan. The production did a wonderful job to give the horse Joey a deeper personified image, as if he were an actor. The same goes for the other horses in the film, who seem to converse amongst each other and reveal a chemistry shared between animal and animal, as well as animal and man. A wonderful job on the whole. Certainly Spielberg's finest work in recent months (yes, I don't think cowboys and aliens should ever mix).

For what its worth, this picture will move you deeply, as it has done to many. 'War Horse' inspires anti-war sentiments, as Joey's endeavors help him sympathize with men on both sides of the trenches, and ultimately reminds us of the beauty of Earths beasts. Each one has its own character that strikes a chord with the audience, and this is undeniable.

Enjoy!


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