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The Black Stallion ()


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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... See more »

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  • Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations.
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Alec Ramsey
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Henry Dailey
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Alec's Mother
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Snoe
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Alec's Father
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Neville
Ed McNamara ...
Jake
Larbi Doghmi ...
Arab (as Dogmi Larbi)
John Burton ...
Jockey #1
John Buchanan ...
Jockey #2
Kristen Vigard ...
Becky
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Rescue Captain
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Archeologist (as John Karlson)
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Priest
Frank Cousins ...
African Chieftain
Donald Hodson ...
Taurog (as Don Hudson)
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Drake Captain
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Veterinarian
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The Black Stallion
Junior ...
Additional Horse
Star ...
Additional Horse
Fae-Jur ...
Additional Horse
Olympic ...
Additional Horse
Rex ...
Additional Horse
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Danny (uncredited)

Directed by

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Carroll Ballard

Written by

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Melissa Mathison ... (screenplay) &
Jeanne Rosenberg ... (screenplay) and
William D. Wittliff ... (screenplay)
 
Walter Farley ... (novel)
 
Walter Murch ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Francis Ford Coppola ... executive producer
Fred Roos ... producer
Tom Sternberg ... producer

Music by

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Carmine Coppola

Cinematography by

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Caleb Deschanel ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Robert Dalva

Editorial Department

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C.J. Appel ... assistant film editor
Todd Boekelheide ... associate editor
Teresa Book ... assistant film editor
Arthur Coburn ... assistant film editor
Duwayne Dunham ... assistant film editor
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam ... additional editor (as Vivien Gilliam)
Nancy Jencks ... assistant film editor
Barbara Marks ... additional editor
Susan Martin ... additional editor
Diana Pellegrini ... associate editor
Joe Ravetz ... additional editor (as Joe Ravitz)
Claire Schoenfeld ... assistant film editor
Richard Garibaldi ... home video mastering colorist (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Aurelio Crugnola
Earl G. Preston ... (as Earl Preston)

Production Management

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Ted Holliday ... production manager
Ned Kopp ... production manager: additional photography, Oregon
Alessandro von Norman ... production manager (as Alessandro von Normann)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Doug Claybourne ... assistant director
David Earl ... second assistant director: Canada
Jim Kaufman ... second assistant director: Canada
Robert McCart ... second assistant director: Canada (as Bob McCart)

Art Department

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Maria-Teresa Barbasso ... assistant art director
Robert Blackgoat ... storyboard artist
Kevin Hughes ... assistant property master

Sound Department

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John Benson ... assistant sound editor
Todd Boekelheide ... sound editor
Richard Burrow ... sound editor
Rick Kline ... re-recording mixer
Ann Kroeber ... assistant sound editor
Barbara McBane ... assistant sound editor
Bob Minkler ... re-recording mixer
Luciano Muratori ... boom operator: Italy
Primiano Muratori ... sound engineer in Italy
John Nutt ... dialogue editor
Diana Pellegrini ... sound editor
Susan Slanhoff ... assistant sound editor
Alan Splet ... supervising sound editor
Stephen Stept ... sound editor
Bill Varney ... re-recording mixer
Nina Wax ... assistant sound editor
Julie Zale ... assistant sound editor
Ann Kroeber ... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Steve Maslow ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Duncan McEwan ... sound recordist (uncredited)
John Roesch ... foley artist (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers ... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Elliot Tyson ... foley mixer (uncredited)

Stunts

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Carlo Guici ... stunt trainer: Italian Unit
Sergio Mioni ... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. ... stunt coordinator (as Glenn 'J.R.' Randall)
Jesse Wayne ... stunt double: Mickey Rooney
Roark Wearing ... stunt double: Kelly Reno
Victoria Taft ... stunt double: horse jockey (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eraldo Barbona ... grip
Stephen H. Burum ... photographer: second unit
Robert Dalva ... additional photographer
Alan Gornick ... underwater cinematographer (as Allan Gornick Jr.)
Sergio Strizzi ... still photographer

Casting Department

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Stuart Aikins ... casting: Canada
Peter Lavender ... extras casting
Vic Ramos ... casting: USA
Clare Walker ... casting: Canada
Carolyn Applegate ... casting (uncredited)

Location Management

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Bill Corcoran ... location manager: Canada
Rory Enke ... location scout

Music Department

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Daniel Allan Carlin ... music editor (as Dan Carlin Jr.) / music supervisor (as Dan Carlin Jr.)
Jeff Carson ... music editor
Shirley Walker ... composer: additional music
Dan Wallin ... score mixer
Bob Badami ... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Harry Bluestone ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson ... musician: tuba (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Blanche McDermaid ... script supervisor
Lisa Wilder ... script supervisor second unit

Other crew

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Richard Beggs ... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios, San Francisco, California
Jerry Brown ... wrangler
Tim Farley ... production assistant
Deborah Fine ... assistant to producer
Karen Frerichs ... tutor
Jack Fritz ... executive assistant
Dan Gleich ... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios, San Francisco, California (as Daniel Gleich)
Beryl Harvey ... production co-ordinator
Colin Michael Kitchens ... production assistant
Shelly McKinney ... wrangler
Bruce Moriarty ... wrangler
Sherry Nisewaner ... assistant to producer
Valerie O'Conor ... consultant: horse sounds (as Valerie Koutnik) / production assistant (as Valerie Koutnik)
David Parker ... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios, San Francisco, California
Rex Peterson ... wrangler
Glenn H. Randall Sr. ... wrangler (as Glenn Randall Sr.)
Bruce Randall ... wrangler
Corky Randall ... horse trainer
Liz Randol ... staff (as Liza Randol)
Bud Reno ... wrangler
Michael Silvers ... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios, San Francisco, California
Frank Simeone ... additional crew
Jenny Stein ... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios, San Francisco, California (as Jennifer Stein)
Michael E. Uslan ... production attorney
Wayne Wagner ... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios, San Francisco, California
Gene Walker ... wrangler
Joseph Zappala ... staff: Omni Zoetrope Studios, San Francisco, California
Bruce Moriarty ... trainer (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • L'étalon noir (France)
  • Der schwarze Hengst (Germany)
  • El cavall negre (Spain, Catalan title)
  • El corcel negro (Spain)
  • De zwarte hengst (Netherlands)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Budget $2,700,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Once completed, the film was shelved for two years by United Artists. Carroll Ballard recalled the studio "suits" complaining, "What is this, some kind of an art film for kids?" It took the full clout of Francis Ford Coppola to see that the film finally reached theatres. See more »
Goofs Throughout the movie, the Black Stallion is an Arabian, but during the match race scene, the horse that Alec is riding is a dark bay Thoroughbred. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Oscar Special 1980 (1980). 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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