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 »
This sequel to the 1944 Elizabeth Taylor film National Velvet focuses on Sarah Brown, a young, recently orphaned American girl sent to England to live with her aunt - a now grown Velvet Brown. The troubled Sarah is only interested in one thing; horses, and has clearly inherited her aunt's talent. She and her horse Arizona Pie (son of Velvet's Grand National winning steed The Pie) work their way up through the world of eventing, finally being selected for the British Olympic Squad, growing up and finding love along the way.Written by
It really was folly to attempt to recreate the innocent magic of 'National Velvet' years later, but in 1978 they went ahead and did it.
Velvet has now grown up (and turned into Nanette Newman!) and is looking after her orphaned niece Sarah (a young and talented Tatum O'Neal). Tatum loves the horses too (naturally) but this time her ambitions are higher than her aunt's - she wants to enter the Olympics.
'International Velvet' is ok, and stands up as a film in its own right; but doesn't have the gloss or magic of the first film. This could just be that it was made for another audience entirely, but in a more cynical world, it was destined to bomb.
Character actors in the cast do their best to liven things up (Christopher Plummer, Anthony Hopkins, Peter Barkworth, Dinsdale Landen, Richard Warwick) but this horse race doesn't really run.
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