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The Horse Whisperer (1998)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance, Western | 15 May 1998 (USA)
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The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer to help the girl's equally injured horse.

Director:

Robert Redford

Writers:

Nick Evans (novel) (as Nicholas Evans), Eric Roth (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... Tom Booker
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Annie MacLean
Sam Neill ... Robert MacLean
Dianne Wiest ... Diane Booker
Scarlett Johansson ... Grace MacLean
Chris Cooper ... Frank Booker
Cherry Jones ... Liz Hammond
Ty Hillman Ty Hillman ... Joe Booker
Kate Bosworth ... Judith (as Catherine Bosworth)
Austin Schwarz Austin Schwarz ... Twin #1
Dustin Schwarz Dustin Schwarz ... Twin #2
Jeanette Nolan ... Grandma Ellen Booker
Steve Frye Steve Frye ... Hank
Don Edwards Don Edwards ... Smokey
Jessalyn Gilsig ... Lucy, Annie's Assistant
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Storyline

A teenage girl riding a horse is hit by a truck. To help heal her troubled/injured daughter, and horse, the mother takes them to Montana to recuperate at the ranch of a 'horse whisperer', a horse healer of mystical talents. The mother proceeds to fall in love with him, as well. Written by Dan <fpdj@intergate.bc.ca>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for a disturbing accident scene | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El señor de los caballos See more »

Filming Locations:

Greenwich, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,685,488, 17 May 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,383,563

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$186,883,563
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

'Horse whispering' is somewhat of a misnomer. Native Americans would sometimes tame a horse by jumping on its back and biting its ear to make it stop bucking (the pain would be worse if the rider's teeth were jerked by the horse's head). Some observers misunderstood what was happening and assumed the rider was whispering in the horse's ear to calm it. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene, a phone call is placed from Manhattan to the suburbs. The audible touch-tone sequence is seven digits. Since the NYC metro area has many area codes, ten-digit dialing is mandatory there. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Judith: [waves] Hello!
Grace: [waves] Hello!
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Alternate Versions

The film formats the early scenes at a 1.85: 1 aspect ratio, and the Montana scenes at a wider 2.35: 1 aspect ratio. The Blu-ray release keeps everything at a 2.35: 1 aspect ratio, because if one tried to reproduce both aspect ratios on a Blu-ray, the picture would get smaller during the Montana scenes instead of wider. The screen on an HDTV cannot expand. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Heartland: Coming Home (2007) See more »

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The Loneliest
Written by Beth Hooker and Randy Sharp
Performed by Beth Hooker
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Wonderful
12 June 1999 | by Tam-16See all my reviews

Robert Redford has no trouble with playing an aging cowboy named Tom. He pulls off the quiet, but sturdy cowboy image with perfection. Kristin Scott Thomas portrays Annie Maclean, a woman whose daughter's horse has been injured in an accident. The same accident caused her daughter, Grace, portrayed by Scarlett Johansson, to lose one of her legs. She goes to Tom to get help for the "out of control" horse. Sam Neill plays her husband, and appears to be an afterthought. For animals lovers, this movie has a disturbing beginning. The movie is about relationships, daughter to mother; child to horse; husband to wife; man to horse. The scenery in this movie is breath taking, and Redford took full use of it while directing the movie.


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