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Black Beauty (1994)

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The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.

Director:

Caroline Thompson

Writers:

Anna Sewell (novel), Caroline Thompson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Docs Keepin Time Docs Keepin Time ... Black Beauty (as Docs Keepin Time - American Quarter Horse)
Alan Cumming ... Black Beauty (voice)
Sean Bean ... Farmer Grey
David Thewlis ... Jerry Barker
Jim Carter ... John Manly
Peter Davison ... Squire Gordon
Alun Armstrong ... Reuben Smith
John McEnery ... Mr. York
Eleanor Bron ... Lady Wexmire
Peter Cook ... Lord Wexmire
Adrian Ross Magenty Adrian Ross Magenty ... Lord George
Lyndon Davies Lyndon Davies ... Head Groom
Georgina Armstrong Georgina Armstrong ... Jessica Gordon
Gemma Paternoster Gemma Paternoster ... Molly Gordon
Anthony Walters ... Alfred Gordon
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Storyline

Black Beauty, a beautiful black stallion in 1870s England, recalls his life from his birth through his carefree life as a colt to the many hardships he suffered after achieving maturity. He goes through many owners, both good and bad, until he finally finds happiness and contentment. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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A story for all ages. A friendship for all time. Share the adventure.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Beauty See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,285,820, 31 July 1994

Gross USA:

$4,630,377

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,630,377
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character Black Beauty is a colt/stallion (male). However the newly born foal playing Black Beauty in this film is a filly (female). See more »

Goofs

When Black Beauty is dreaming of Ginger after seeing her in the city, a crew member can be easily seen releasing Black Beauty and then ducking into the cover of the grass. Also as the horse runs off, the lead line attached to his halter flaps up into the air. See more »

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Black Beauty: People aren't only cruel to horses they are also cruel to each other
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Black Beauty... Docs Keepin Time, American Quarter Horse See more »

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Version of Black Beauty (1995) See more »

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Entertaining and fun horse movie shot in marvelous outdoors with very well trained animals
20 October 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Exciting life of a horse named Black Beauty is here expanded to include the adventures of the humans who surround the horse . Set in 19th Century England , about the fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life and seen through its own carefree life . It deals with a horse's trials as it passes from an owner to owner , experiencing from benevolent guardianship to ignorant abuse . The unfortunate black stallion reminds his life through from his birth through his existence as a colt, and the many hardships , passing several owners both good and bad and suffering hardships after achieving maturity .

Handsome take off of the Anna Sewell family novel but sometimes fails to capture qualities that make Sewell's book a classic . The animals in this film were in no way harmed or mistreated , and all scenes in which they appeared were under strict supervision with utmost concern for their handling . Narrated quite energetically by the horse itself with voice of Alan Cummins , as the story is told of the horse's life and through its profound and wizened eyes . The impressive scenery , photography and music enhance the story of ¨Black Beauty¨ and its adventures , sufferings and adversities . The tale is treated in good sense and high sensibility ; environment , horses , landscapes combine to enhance the glories of nature , one of which, after all, is silence . Good cast full of fine British actors as David Thewlis as Jerry Barker , Jim Carter as John Manly , Peter Davison as Squire Gordon , Alun Armstrong as Reuben Smith , John McEnery as Mr. York , Eleanor Bron as Lady Wexmire , the notorious Sean Bean , Peter Cook's last film and James Cosmo acting was cut out of this film . Colorful and glamorous cinematography by Alex Thompson. Sensitive as well as emotive musical score by Danny Elffman who married the screenwriter and filmmaker Caroline Thompson . The music all plays with the soul , it is so delicately composed, performed, and chosen for the movie that it is worth seeing just to enjoy the soundtrack .

Other film based on this classic novel are the following : First silent version , 1921 , titled ¨Black Beauty ; first sound rendition of 1933 by Phil Rosen ; ¨Black Beauty¨ 1946 by Noel Nossek with Mona Freeman and Richard Denning ; ¨Courage of Black Beauty ¨ by Harold Schuster with Johnny Crawford ; ¨Black Beauty¨ 1971 by James Hill with Mark Lester , Walter Slezak, Maria Rohm and Peter Lee Lawrence and various TV movies and TV-series . This equine melodrama for grown-up adolescents and children will appeal to horses lovers ; resulting to be the best filmization of the classic story to date.


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