A boy encounters a horse and bonds with him, later training him to race.

Director:

Carroll Ballard

Writers:

Melissa Mathison (screenplay), Jeanne Rosenberg (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Reno ... Alec Ramsey
Mickey Rooney ... Henry Dailey
Teri Garr ... Alec's Mother
Clarence Muse ... Snoe
Hoyt Axton ... Alec's Father
Michael Higgins ... Neville
Ed McNamara Ed McNamara ... Jake
Larbi Doghmi Larbi Doghmi ... Arab (as Dogmi Larbi)
John Burton John Burton ... Jockey #1
John Buchanan John Buchanan ... Jockey #2
Kristen Vigard Kristen Vigard ... Becky
Fausto Tozzi ... Rescue Captain
John Karlsen ... Archeologist (as John Karlson)
Leopoldo Trieste ... Priest
Frank Cousins Frank Cousins ... African Chieftain
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Storyline

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 both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a desert island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued, both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once-successful trainer. Together they begin training the stallion to race against the fastest horses in the world. Written by Anonymous

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The movie, at a cost of $4.5 million, took two years to complete, with shooting also done at various locations in the U.S. Kelly Reno, whose only trips outside Colorado had been to North Dakota and California, was chaperoned by his parents while visiting the widespread locations. Despite their presence, he became homesick and later noted that, "In Rome, I'd have paid $10,000 for a McDonald's hamburger. You never know how much you want that if after a week all you get is spaghetti. And I had me a little wine, but after a week, I started drinking cokes again." See more »

Goofs

Whan Alec puts the seaweed out for The Black, Alec is first seen near the water, then further away, then closer to the cliff. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alec Ramsey: Dad... you know what I saw? It's the most fantastic thing... come look!
Mr. Ramsey: [to the other poker players] My son.
Mr. Ramsey: Hey! Look, son, I'll tell you, I'm really busy, but... I'll tell you what I do need. I need some good luck.
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Alternate Versions

The 1998 VHS release plasters the 1976 United Artists logo with the 1994 United Artists logo. See more »

Connections

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Amazing movie
29 April 2002 | by goldenhawk40See all my reviews

I was so afraid to see this movie. The Black Stallion books defined my life until I was about 14 years old, if not longer (they have always continued in my memory). I read every single book that Mr. Farley wrote, most of them many times over, and I knew every character intimately - how they looked, how they talked, everything about them. And The Black - I know exactly how The Black looked and acted. So - when this movie was announced, 23 years ago, I refused to see it. I could not risk having all of my childhood memories shattered in the course of a 2 hour movie. But recently, in a discussion of favorite movies, a friend mentioned this movie as her favorite. Immediately, I was interested. So, nervously, I rented the movie, and settled in to watch it. My heart started pounding as the opening credits rolled - I was almost breathless waiting for it to start. All I can say is, now that I have seen it, I hate myself for waiting so long. Every detail of the book is captured perfectly, as if Mr. Copolla, Ms. Mathason, et al managed to film all of the images in my head and pour them onto the screen. The cinematography is astonishing, the score is beyond compare as to how well it fits with what is happening on screen. These are the technical details of the film - what is impossible to describe is just how closely this work captures the original book. There is no whiz-bang gadgetry, or special effects, although some young ones may find the shipwreck sequence to be frightening. It is a beautiful story, told masterfully.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | Italian

Release Date:

17 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Stallion See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$37,799,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,799,643
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Omni Zoetrope See more »
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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