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Buck -- BUCK, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life "horse-whisperer", he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment.
Buck -- A documentary on Buck Brannaman, a renown "horse whisperer" who helps cowboys connect with their animals.
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There's no wisdom worth having that isn't hard won
An examination of the life of acclaimed 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Buck Brannaman ... Himself
Gary Myers ... Himself
Bibb Frazier ... Himself
Betty Staley ... Herself
Gwynn Turnbull Weaver ... Herself
Shayne Jackson ... Himself
Annette Venteicher ... Herself

Robert Redford ... Himself
Reata Brannaman ... Herself
Nevada Watt ... Herself
Mary Brannaman ... Herself
Johnny France ... Himself
Betsy Shirley ... Herself
Paige Morris ... Herself
Bill Seaton ... Himself
Ray Hunt ... Himself (archive footage)
Tina Cornish ... Herself
Britt Long ... Herself
Dan Gunter ... Himself
Julie Hueftle ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patti Hall ... Rider

Scarlett Johansson ... Grace MacLean (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sam Neill ... Robert MacLean (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Cindy Meehl 
Produced by
Kate Andrews .... field producer: France, North Carolina; Washington & Wyoming
Julie Goldman .... producer
Alice Henty .... line producer
Lisa Hepner .... field producer: Red Bluff/Chico, California
Wilder W. Knight II .... co-executive producer (as W. Wilder Knight II)
Andrea Meditch .... co-executive producer
Cindy Meehl .... executive producer
Sofia Santana .... associate producer
Original Music by
David Robbins 
Cinematography by
Luke Geissbuhler  (as Luke Geissbühler)
Guy Mossman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Toby Shimin 
Production Management
Nicole L. Karczewski .... production manager: Montana
Stacey Offman .... production manager: Red Bluff/Chico, California
Mark Steele .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Hepner .... field director: Red Bluff/Chico, California
Art Department
Rose Lowry .... illustrator
Sound Department
Jose Araujo .... audio mixer: Red Bluff, California (as José Araujo)
Jim Choi .... audio mixer: Northern California
Andy Day .... audio mixer: Montana (as Andrew Day)
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Don Hooper .... audio mixer: France, North Carolina; Washington & Wyoming
Benjamin Lowry .... audio mixer: Texas (as Ben Lowry)
Jacob Ribicoff .... supervising sound editor
Joe Savastano .... second audio mixer: Montana
Ralph Thiekötter .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Joy E. Reed .... photo enhancement
Camera and Electrical Department
Skip Brand .... camera: France, North Carolina; Washington & Wyoming
Joseph Brown .... jib technician: Texas
Christopher Clements .... camera operator: Montana (as Chris Clements)
Rob Curtin .... assistant camera: Montana
Dick Deats .... grip: Montana
Charles Debold .... camera operator: Montana
Mark Eveslage .... gaffer: Northern California
Derek Gildersleeve .... assistant camera: Texas
Vance Holmes .... jib operator: Texas
Darren King .... grip: Northern California
Emily Knight .... still photographer: Montana
Paul Marbury .... assistant camera: Red Bluff, California
Ezra Olson .... second assistant camera: Montana
Rob Rainey .... camera: France, North Carolina; Washington & Wyoming
Dyanna Taylor .... cinematographer: Red Bluff, California
Animation Department
Anthony Kraus .... photo animator: Noisy Neighbor
Editorial Department
Jimmy Choi .... digitizer
Will Cox .... colorist
Anthony David Fitzgerald .... digitizer (as Anthony Fitzgerald)
Dina Guttmann .... additional assistant editor
Drew Oberholtzer .... digitizer
Chris Pecoraro .... digitizer
Joy E. Reed .... assistant editor
Owen Rucker .... on-line editor
Jennifer Stamps .... second assistant editor
Mathieu Reid .... color timer (uncredited)
Caitlin Tartaro .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
Kathleen Hasay .... assistant music supervisor
Peter Rundquist .... composer: additional original score
Joel Goodman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Nancy Adams .... production accountant
Jonathan Argudo .... transcriber
Anne S. Atkinson .... legal counsel
Matt Baker .... production assistant: Red Bluff/Chico, California
Allison Brownmoore .... title designer (as Allison Moore)
Sisi Cronin .... publicist: uk
Michael Debach .... transcriber
Becky Di Lallo .... production coordinator: Montana
Kathy England .... insurance: Taylor & Taylor
Lesley Gibson .... assistant to director
Libertad Gills .... transcriber
Rebecca Israel .... transcriber
Wilder W. Knight II .... legal counsel (as W. Wilder Knight II)
Jill Landaker Grunes .... production coordinator: Red Bluff/Chico California (as Jill Landaker)
Terry Laslo .... website designer: Wingcat Wed Design
Traci Lawson .... transcriber
Brenda Longstreth .... transcriber
Rogger Lopez .... production accountant
Jerry Mamuzich .... helicopter pilot: Montana
Jordana Marie .... transcriber
Gwen Maynard .... assistant to director
Gwen Maynard .... production associate
Brian McMorrow .... transcriber
Andrea Meditch .... creative consultant
Ariel Poster .... transcriber
Stacy Ring .... transcriber
Stephen B. Rodner .... legal counsel
Carlye Rubin .... transcriber
Tammy Soto .... insurance: Taylor & Taylor
Robert Stein .... legal counsel (as E. Robert Stein)
Michael Trainor .... transcriber
Joshua Zuckerberg .... legal counsel
Louis Zwiebel .... transcriber
Neda Armian .... thanks
Jessica B. Lee .... thanks
Robert Redford .... very special thanks
Mary Tobler .... thanks
Connie Wethington .... thanks

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Rated PG for thematic elements, mild language and an injury
USA:88 min
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37 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Horse Sense, 24 June 2011
Author: jdesando from United States

"I'm helping horses with people problems." Buck Brannaman

If you love horses, Buck will not buck you. If you don't love them, this documentary will make you love Buck Brannaman, the inspiration for the novel The Horse Whisperer and technical adviser to Robert Redford on the film of the same name.

Interestingly enough, you don't see him whisper; he just snaps and waves a couple of red flags to convince the animal he cares about them. His results, even with the feistiest and most deadly horses, are remarkably successful. Buck is a soft song of praise to a wrangler psychologist whose gift with horses defies analysis, so unassuming is he, so gentle that he appears not to be working at all.

His interaction with humans is just as successful with clinics all over the West to show owners and trainers how to tame the liveliest colts. His loving relationship with his wife and daughter, who performs at rodeos with him, is a testimony to his belief that humans are key to the happiness of the animals.

His no nonsense advice is nowhere more effective than when he tells a rancher about the effect of her neuroses on the troubled horse he is attending to. Tough love.

When Buck asks, "Why let an animal live in fear?" it is apparent Buck has a connection with horses that goes beyond breaking them for riding. When he describes how a horse naturally fears a human on his back in the same way one jumped by a lion does, the lesson about empathy is clear.

Buck is a cowboy with a remarkably wry sense of humor and self-effacing pride. His tough love melts into a universal love that straddles the beast and human worlds.

The back story about his abuse by his father adds to his credibility and mitigates the otherwise thin deconstruiction of his persona. While I am frustrated because of the film's unwillingness to probe deeper into his talent and his psyche, what you get is what you get: a man gifted with horses—and humans.

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