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The Black Stallion (1979)

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 »

Director:

Carroll Ballard

Writers:

Melissa Mathison (screenplay), Jeanne Rosenberg (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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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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G | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Black Stallion, Inc. | MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | Italian

Release Date:

17 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El corcel negro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$37,799,643, 31 December 1980
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Omni Zoetrope See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the shooting, the untrained Kelly Reno spoiled some takes by looking at the camera. He recalled Carroll Ballard telling him, "'This is the way it is...do it.' If I didn't get it done, we'd just have to do it all over again. Lines weren't a problem. I had a lot of them, but they weren't in whole, long scenes. And I could put it in other words if the meaning was the same - that was all right with Carroll." Reno did most of his own stunts, riding bareback and with a racing saddle, falling from a galloping horse and swimming with it. A stunt double stepped in only for racing scenes, when his character was to ride a thoroughbred running at top speed: "I was too small to hold him back." See more »

Goofs

As the horse runs down Alec's street with Alec chasing him, after the red car pulls over, a contemporary (i.e. black with white background) "Speed Limit 25" sign can be seen. Most speed limit signs then were black background with white lettering and would have read something like "Speed Limit 25 Miles". 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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Beautiful, please see it for yourself...
8 January 2004 | by victoria333See all my reviews

First, please don't base your opinion on the last critic's remarks. You must see this movie and judge for yourself. I have been in love with this movie since I was 7 years old (1979) and I just watched it again for the first time in many years. I STILL love it!

It is one of my top ten movies of all time (Lawrence of Arabia being #1).

There isn't any bad acting. In fact, I think that Kelly Reno did a fine job as Alec...clever, introspective, and curious. Hoy Axton did a great job as his father, as well. Maybe I just connect with them because I had a similar relationship with my dad.

I challenge you to watch this film without nit-picking it to death, especially if you have an artistic soul. I thought it was lovingly directed with a lot of original camera shots (for 1979) and perfectly composed/matched music. Do you know there is an incredible length of time during this film where not one word is spoken? Nor, is it needed. Indeed, words would be sacrilege to the simple beauty of the growing friendship between boy and horse.



It's an exciting, heartwarming, beautiful, and moving tale...I can't wait to show it to my future children so I can share the magic.



*PS - make sure you turn up the bass in the beginning so you can hear the ship's heart - imagine being on that ship and hearing that all the time. It really helps set the tone and brings a conflicting sense of impending doom and comfort.


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