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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

Sharon Stone wanted the role of Annie MacLean. See more »

Goofs

When Grace is watching the show jumping, the commentator says "Pilgrim moves with absolute confidence at the command of Ms. McLean." This makes it clear that it is Grace and Pilgrim jumping. However, the Pilgrim on the TV is a bay with a white blaze. The Pilgrim throughout the film is chestnut with a small white star. 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 »

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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.22 (2011) See more »

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Texas Two Steps
Written by Bob Wills
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A Bit Melodramatic, But Beautiful To See
6 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here's a beautifully filmed "horse opera" about a New York teenage girl (Scarlett Johannsson, who is now a well-known actress but wasn't when this was made) and her horse, both of whom are badly injured in a mishap and are healed by a Montana horse expert, played by Robert Redford.

Redford also directed this film and being such an outdoors-man, you know this is going to show nature in a beautiful way....and it does. The Montana scenery is just awesome.

After a dramatic opening scene in which we see the horse and daughter hurt, the mother (Kristin Scott-Thonas) takes the girl and the horse out West to see if the horse can be salvaged. Unfortunately, the mother - who is married - falls for the horseman "Tom Booker" (Redford) and an adulterous relationship almost comes to fruition. That romance is the soap opera part of the film but it's nice to see everyone, including Redford's character, healed of emotional as well as physical wounds.

Some of the teen's bad attitudes are not fun to watch, but otherwise the people in here are very nice. Ranchers Redford and Chris Cooper and Cooper's sons are all nice people, especially of one Cooper's little kids. This film is a bit too much of a melodrama at times which makes it a long in spots, but it's a long movie to begin with (169 minutes). It's so beautifully filmed, however, that for that alone the movie is worth seeing.


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