5.5/10
940
16 user 9 critic

Black Beauty (1971)

When farmer Evan's mare has a fine son, he promises the black stallion to his son Joe. The youngster enjoy growing up as playmates. Alas, once the good squire is buried, his mean heir, who ... See full summary »

Director:

James Hill

Writers:

Anna Sewell (novel), Wolf Mankowitz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Lester ... Joe
Walter Slezak ... Hackenschmidt
Peter Lee Lawrence ... Gervaise
Uschi Glas ... Marie (as Ursula Glas)
Patrick Mower ... Sam Greene
John Nettleton ... Sir William
Maria Rohm ... Anne
Eddie Golden Eddie Golden ... Evans
Clive Geraghty Clive Geraghty ... Roger
John Hoey John Hoey ... Muldoon (as Johnny Hoey)
Patrick Gardiner Patrick Gardiner ... O'Flaherty
Brian McGrath Brian McGrath ... Mark Beauchamp
Ronan Smith Ronan Smith ... Farm Boy
John Franklyn John Franklyn ... Coalman
Margaret Lacey Margaret Lacey ... Anna Sewell
Learn more

More Like This 

Black Beauty (1994)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.

Director: Caroline Thompson
Stars: Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Docs Keepin Time
Black Beauty (1946)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Widower Squire Weldon (Charles Evans). trying to raise his motherless daughter, Anne (Mona Freeman) presents her with a colt, Black Beauty (Highland Dale), in the hope that by disciplining ... See full summary »

Director: Max Nosseck
Stars: Mona Freeman, Richard Denning, Evelyn Ankers
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

This parable looks at public reaction when the hair of an American war orphan mysteriously turns green.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Barbara Hale
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Black Beauty is a pure black, thoroughbred horse in late nineteenth century rural England, who is adopted into the household of James Gordon, a local doctor and widower, and befriended by ... See full summary »

Stars: William Lucas, Charlotte Mitchell, Roderick Shaw
Adventure | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks ... See full summary »

Director: Carroll Ballard
Stars: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A teenager loses his horse in Morocco and gets him back after various daredevil adventures.

Director: Robert Dalva
Stars: Kelly Reno, Vincent Spano, Allen Garfield
Black Beauty (2015)
Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

"Black Beauty," a film centering on a 15 year-old girl who volunteers at a city pound, and convinces her Grandfather in the country to adopt a horse that was rescued from an abusive owner. ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Zirilli
Stars: Luke Perry, Bruce Davison, Sarah Ann Schultz
Fly Away Home (1996)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A father and daughter decide to attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.

Director: Carroll Ballard
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany
Adventure | Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young girl befriends a wild black stallion.

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Biana Tamimi, Richard Romanus, Patrick Elyas
Black Beauty (TV Movie 1987)
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

This heartwarming adaptation of the novel tells the story of the courageous stallion Black Beauty, a well-bred horse in 19th century England. Black Beauty is happy as a country carriage ... See full summary »

Director: David Cherkasskiy
Stars: Bob Baines, Colin Borgonon, Patrick Dickson
Certificate: Passed Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A jaded former jockey helps a young girl prepare a wild but gifted horse for England's Grand National Sweepstakes.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, Donald Crisp
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A group of dated appliances embark on a journey to the city to find their master after being abandoned in a cabin in the woods.

Director: Jerry Rees
Stars: Jon Lovitz, Timothy Stack, Timothy E. Day
Edit

Storyline

When farmer Evan's mare has a fine son, he promises the black stallion to his son Joe. The youngster enjoy growing up as playmates. Alas, once the good squire is buried, his mean heir, who abuses animals, turns the screws on till pa Evans is forced to leave and abandon even Black Beauty. He soon loses everything in a cards game, so the stallion ends up in the Hackenschmidt circus. Joe is desperate to get him back. Written by KGF Vissers

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Immortal Classic - Filmed in Ireland and Spain See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family | Western

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Lionel Bart worked on the soundtrack, working again with Mark Lester as both were involved with Oliver. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Goodies: Black and White Beauty (1976) See more »

User Reviews

a Mark Lester vehicle...
29 October 2003 | by frankiehudsonSee all my reviews

This is an excellent little horsey film with Mark Lester, the angel-faced victim of Bill Sykes (Oliver!), now playing the farm boy on what looks like Exmoor or somewhere similar (perhaps Scotland). His nemesis this time is the terrible, sadistic Sam Greene (Patrick Mower) whose mission is to wreak havoc on everyone on his newly-inherited estate following the death of his altruistic father.

Really, it's a bit of a naturalist film, with the actual birth of Black Beauty himself shown and lots of delightful shots of rural, country life in England amidst classical English landscape. There really is some fine cinematography with sweeping panoramic landscapes, etc. The Pro-Hunting enthusiasts in England would now love this film and there are tons of shots of bands of red tunic huntsmen all over the place, with packs of dogs and stuff in hot pursuit.

However, the editing is clumsy and contrived and the director seems to want to create some sort of pseudo-art film, with lots of slow motion shots of hunting accompanied by a cheesy, amateurish soundtrack.


7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | Spain | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Beauty - Auf der Suche nach dem Glück See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed