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International Velvet (1978)

Velvet's orphaned niece, Sarah, follows her dream of Olympic glory with her horse Arizona Pie.


Bryan Forbes


Enid Bagnold (novel), Bryan Forbes

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tatum O'Neal ... Sarah Brown
Christopher Plummer ... John Seaton
Anthony Hopkins ... Captain Johnson
Nanette Newman ... Velvet Brown
Peter Barkworth ... Pilot
Dinsdale Landen ... Mr. Curtis
Sarah Bullen Sarah Bullen ... Beth
Jeffrey Byron ... Scott Saunders
Richard Warwick ... Tim
Daniel Abineri ... Wilson
Jason White Jason White ... Roger
Martin Neil Martin Neil ... Mike
Douglas Reith ... Howard
Dennis Blanch Dennis Blanch ... Policeman
Norman Wooland Norman Wooland ... Team Doctor


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 Liz L

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In Every Girl is the Woman She is Destined to Become...And in Every Woman is the Girl She Used to Be.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

CERTIFICATE #: 25159 | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 September 1978 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,009,238, 31 December 1978
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1.85 : 1
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Nanette Newman was only cast after several A-list actresses had passed, including first choice Julie Andrews. See more »


Somehow the Pie has gone from being a chestnut gelding in the original movie to a dark bay stallion in the sequel.

The gelding in the original was given to Elizabeth Taylor after filming had completed. See more »


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Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
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unnecessary but watchable sequel
16 August 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

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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