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Black Beauty (1971)

G | | Family, Drama | 16 April 1971 (UK)
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 »


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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


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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16 April 1971 (UK) See more »

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Top billed Mark Lester only worked three weeks. See more »


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Not awful, but somewhat misguided
24 September 2016 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

In case you are wondering, I have not (yet) read the famed Anna Sewell novel that this movie is based on, though I know a little about it, that being that it was written with the horse's point of view as well as carrying a message that humans should be kind to horses. However, this movie does not manage to do any of those two things, and I think that's the problem with the movie. Despite being titled "Black Beauty", the movie's primary focus is on the human characters in the movie instead of the horse. In fact, the horse is often an afterthought, and we certainly never get a feeling of what the horse is feeling or thinking. While the movie has these major flaws, the movie isn't awful - it looks nice, the human drama is sometimes interesting, and there are no slow spots. But viewers who think they are going to get a story about a horse will likely be somewhat disappointed. By the way, while the movie got a "G" rating back in 1971, some mild language, violence, and some mature themes would earn the movie a "PG" rating today.

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