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Black Beauty (1971)

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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 »
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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
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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

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The all-new motion picture about the most beloved story of our time! See more »

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Drama | Family | Western

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G | See all certifications »

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

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Version of Black Beauty (1946) See more »

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Nowhere near the Sewell novel
9 June 2014 | by duncanlsuSee all my reviews

I'm slightly shocked at a few reviews who imply that this film remains in any way faithful to Anna Sewell's excellent book. It absolutely does NOT. Nothing remains of the book but a few character names and the fact that Beauty is black with a white blaze on his forehead. It's misleading to even associate Sewell's name with this movie. It's quite obvious that several reviewers have either forgotten everything they ever knew about the book, or (more likely) never read it at all. If you are looking for a movie version of the book to watch, look elsewhere.

So, it's just a film about the life of a horse, and as such, it is so-so. The beginning of the movie does have some beautiful shots, set as it is in the British countryside somewhere. But it pretty much goes downhill after that, becoming a series of vignettes about Black Beauty's various owners, with little in the way of real depth, and even less focus on the horse himself.

It's reasonably entertaining for a rainy day. Older children would likely enjoy it most. I am personally unlikely to watch it again, and will be checking out the other versions in the hopes of finding something resembling a reasonably faithful adaptation.


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Language:

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Release Date:

16 April 1971 (UK) See more »

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