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The Black Stallion Returns (1983)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alec Ramsay
... Raj
... Kurr (as Allen Goorwitz)
... Meslar
... Abu Ben Ishak (as Ferdinand Mayne)
... Tabari
... Alec's Mother
Doghmi Larbi ... Tiny Man
Angelo Infanti ... Raj's Father
Luigi Mezzanotte ... Scarface
... Foreign Legion Officer
... Customs Officer (as Robert A. Behling)
Joe Murphy ... Fireman
Chris Larrance ... Neighbor
Loris Bazzocchi ... Berber on Dock
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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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25 March 1983 (USA)  »

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Der schwarze Hengst kehrt zurück  »

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$9,800,000
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Some critics felt the film's portrayal of Arabs was racist. Roger Ebert wrote, "The Arabs are portrayed in this movie as the usual greasy, obnoxious buffoons that have been so popular in the movies ever since the oil crisis; I guess the message is that it's OK to be racist, as long as your targets live far away and don't buy many movie tickets. The Arab villain is played by Allen Goorwitz, a good character actor who is so far off-base here it's pathetic." See more »

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In the scene when Alec finally finds the Black in the desert valley with the other horses and whistles for him, there is a modern woman in a sleeveless flowered top with frizzy blonde hair sitting on a rock behind him in a few shots. See more »

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A bit of a disappointment...
20 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

The moderate financial success of the excellent original 'Black Stallion' movie almost guaranteed a sequel considering the series of novels of available source material.

Unfortunately, the absence of Carroll Ballard's unique vision reduce this effort to a by-the-numbers horse-and-boy adventure story which is likely to be of interest to children only. So, we get a welcome return of 'The Black' and Alec Ramsey, but sadly, the magic is mostly gone.

I have only read the first few pages of the book 'The Black Stallion'. It is obvious that the book is a good children's' story and that Mr Farley's legacy has been to encourage reading in several generations of American children. I suspect that this sequel movie, with its more conventional storytelling approach is closer to Mr Farley's works than the first movie, but this does not make for memorable cinema.

Mr Ballard must have turned this one down, because I can't imagine that he was not offered the director's chair given the reception the first movie received. Maybe he didn't like the 'action movie' script? He seems to be very particular about the movies he makes.

Performances here are generally lacklustre and there is one particularly bad hammy supporting actor turn - if you've seen this, you know who I mean.

One part of me can't help but wish that they hadn't bothered with this. It doesn't spoil the original exactly, but the excellence of the first 'Black Stallion' movie so far outshines this effort that you wonder quite what the point of this was, other than a quick cash-in at the box-office.

One point of excellence - Georges Delerue's theme 'Alec and The Black Stallion' is a wonderful soaring score and could have been a welcome addition to the original movie soundtrack.

Your kids will probably enjoy this. Your mind will probably wander...

Greg


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