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The Black Stallion Returns (1983)

A teenager loses his horse in Morocco and gets him back after various daredevil adventures.

Director:

Robert Dalva

Writers:

Walter Farley (novel), Richard Kletter (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Reno ... Alec Ramsay
Vincent Spano ... Raj
Allen Garfield ... Kurr (as Allen Goorwitz)
Woody Strode ... Meslar
Ferdy Mayne ... Abu Ben Ishak (as Ferdinand Mayne)
Jodi Thelen ... Tabari
Teri Garr ... Alec's Mother
Larbi Doghmi Larbi Doghmi ... Tiny Man (as Doghmi Larbi)
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Raj's Father
Luigi Mezzanotte Luigi Mezzanotte ... Scarface
Franco Citti ... Foreign Legion Officer
Robert Behling ... Customs Officer (as Robert A. Behling)
Joe Murphy Joe Murphy ... Fireman
Chris Larrance Chris Larrance ... Neighbor
Loris Bazzocchi Loris Bazzocchi ... Berber on Dock
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Storyline

The Black is stolen from Alec by his former Arabian owners. Alec sets off on an adventure to Arabia to reclaim his beloved horse. Based on the books by Walter Farley. Written by Lisa

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Genres:

Adventure | Family

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Release Date:

25 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der schwarze Hengst kehrt zurück See more »

Filming Locations:

Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$9,800,000
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Production Co:

Zoetrope Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The three main Arab characters were played by white actors. Ferdinand Mayne and Allen Garfield were Jewish, while Vincent Spano is an Italian-American. See more »

Goofs

Lip movement doesn't match dialog at one point where Raj tells Alec about the race. See more »

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Referenced in Rob: Family Secrets (2012) See more »

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Lushly filmed, breathtaking adventure tale
14 November 2009 | by FalconeerSee all my reviews

The original was a favorite for me as a child. I think that is why i waited 20 years to see this, a sequel that I was sure would disappoint. I was wrong to wait so long to see a film that, in many ways, surpasses the original.

This amazing epic finds Alec Ramsey, the boy from the first film, traveling to the brutal and glorious Sahara desert , in search of his beautiful Arabian Stallion, who has been taken away by his original owners. Along the way Alec finds a good friend in Prince Raj, who takes the boy with him on an unforgettable quest that will lead them to the stallion, and also to a race like no other. With much attention given to small details, as well as set design and costumes, we learn the fascinating history of this very special horse. Every five years there is a great horse race in the Sahara desert, with different tribes racing their finest horses to win honour and respect from the others. A man from the Uruk tribe goes to dishonorable means to sabotage the race, while the Berber tribe, led by Prince Raj is more honorable in their methods. This film culminates in what has to be the most glorious and exciting race ever filmed, with young Alec and his best friend racing against each other, the boy for possession of his horse, and the Prince, for the honour of his people.

The film score, the cinematography, those gorgeous desert scenes all add up to an absolute classic adventure film. Perhaps this was not a commercial success because this sequel focuses more on the boy's plight, with the horse only making an appearance later into the film. Or more likely, perhaps the whole production was just too "foreign" for Western audiences back in 1983. Whatever the reason, fans of old fashioned adventure tales should give this a look. The actor who plays the teen Alec Ramsey obviously had an uncommon love for horses, and it shows in his genuine performance. Vincent Spano is great and totally believable, both in looks and performance as Raj, and the rest of the cast is fine as well. Filmed in Morrocco, and partially in Algeria lends this special film an epic look. Of course with something like this it is important to see it in it's original wide screen ratio. One of my favorite films now, it was worth that 20 year wait...


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