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King of the Wind (1990)

PG | | Adventure | 25 May 1990 (UK)
In 1727, an Arab colt is born with the signs of the wheat ear and the white spot on his heel: evil and good. And thus begins the life of Sham. He is a gift to the King of France, through a ... See full summary »


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Marguerite Henry (novel), Phil Frey | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Harris ... King George II
Glenda Jackson ... Queen Caroline
Frank Finlay ... Edward Coke
Jenny Agutter ... Hannah Coke
Nigel Hawthorne ... Achmet
Navin Chowdhry ... Agba
Anthony Quayle ... Lord Granville
Peter Vaughan ... Captain
Ian Richardson ... Bey of Tunis
Neil Dickson ... Earl of Godolphin
Barry Foster ... Mr. Williams
Jill Gascoine ... Mrs. Williams
Ralph Bates ... LeDuc
Joan Hickson ... Duchess of Marlborough
Norman Rodway ... Capt. 'Blueskin' Blake


In 1727, an Arab colt is born with the signs of the wheat ear and the white spot on his heel: evil and good. And thus begins the life of Sham. He is a gift to the King of France, through a series of adventures with his faithful stable boy, Agba, he becomes the Godolphin Arabian, the founder of one of the greatest thoroughbred racing lines of all time. Written by Kathy Li

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25 May 1990 (UK) See more »

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Much more than I anticipated
24 September 2013 | by jedibabe-643-282916See all my reviews

I loved this story as a child and was delighted to find it had been made into a movie, though I didn't expect much. I am pleased to report that the movie was actually quite well done and the boy playing Agba, Navin Chowdhry, was excellent, especially in light of his acting is done without voice. The movie is a delight to watch and the horses true to type. As a former Arabian horse breeder I judge the horses in a film such as this as much as I do the human actors. The little horse that plays the adult Sham is a handsome little fellow and exceeded my highest expectations for this film. The costuming was lovely as was the scenery and this film is all together delightful. I've placed it on my shelf of favorite equine films along with The Black Stallion, Black Beauty and National Velvet. If you are a horse lover you mustn't miss this movie. I'd have given it more stars, but I save those for truly great movies of the caliber of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. While this doesn't qualify in my book as "truly great", it is a most excellent and enjoyable film, not to be missed.

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