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The Horse Whisperer (1998)

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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 »
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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

John Barry's original score for this film was rejected - it would ultimately become his concept album "The Beyondness Of Things". See more »

Goofs

When Tom lassos Pilgrim for the first time, you can briefly see that the bucking horse has two ropes around his neck instead of just the one Tom uses. 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 The Chase Australia: Episode #1.53 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Babies
Written by Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss
Performed by Sleater-Kinney
Courtesy of Kill Rock Stars
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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The Horse Whisperer
10 October 2005 | by janelaSee all my reviews

This is a unique, moving story about a girl whose tragic horse-riding accident and subsequent trauma led her family to Montana in search of the man known as the Horse Whisperer. Little did they know that their lives were about to change forever during these few, memorable days spent on the farm. This is a truly beautiful story, a story for sensitive souls, a story for those who care about animals as much as people. The characters are finely drawn and it is a pleasure to watch them unfold as the film progresses. The dialogues are often memorable and wonderfully devoid of the clichés that most Hollywood productions are sprinkled with.

This is a film for people who understand that the 'little' moments in life are the best; a film where pictures truly speak more than a thousand words.

It is a story of love and courage, the courage to fight for you want, or accept things the way they are; the courage to risk losing everything, the courage to accept that loss. There is a wonderful message in this film for all of us - for all those who care enough to see it, that is.


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