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Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)

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A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training, yet, throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd.


Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook


John Fusco (screenplay by), Michael Lucker (co-writer)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Matt Damon ... Spirit (voice)
James Cromwell ... The Colonel (voice)
Daniel Studi ... Little Creek (voice)
Chopper Bernet ... Sgt. Adams (voice)
Jeff LeBeau ... Murphy / Railroad Foreman (voice)
John Rubano John Rubano ... Soldier (voice)
Richard McGonagle ... Bill (voice)
Matt Levin ... Joe (voice) (as Matthew Levin)
Adam Paul ... Pete (voice)
Robert Cait ... Jake (voice)
Charles Napier ... Roy (voice)
Meredith Wells Meredith Wells ... Little Indian Girl (voice)
Zahn McClarnon ... Little Creek's Friend (voice)
Michael Horse ... Little Creek's Friend (voice)
Donald Fullilove ... Train Pull Foreman (voice) (as Don Fullilove)


A wild stallion is captured by humans and slowly loses the will to resist training, yet, throughout his struggles for freedom, the stallion refuses to let go of the hope of one day returning home to his herd.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Motion Picture Experience For Everyone See more »


G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Dreamworks [United States]





Release Date:

24 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spirit See more »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,213,736, 27 May 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS | Dolby


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Little Creek is letting Spirit go free from the horse pen, the scale of Little Creek to Spirit is completely off as he slaps the horses hind quarters. Little Creek actually towers over Spirit for a brief moment. See more »


When a young Spirit and the other colts are playing in the water, before being approached by the herd of bison, Spirit is shown drinking water by lapping at it with his tongue, as would a dog. Horses do not drink in this fashion, rather they submerge their mouths and suck at the water. See more »


Spirit: And so I grew from colt to stallion, as wild and as reckless as thunder over the land. Racing with the eagle, soaring with the wind. Flying? There were times I believed I could.
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Crazy Credits

No opening credits (for music composer, producers, screenplay and directors, etc.) are shown, which is story are about western horses is beginning well after the title of the film, "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron", although for the 2010s it conscious not quietly for commonplace and major films to not have opening credits. It was stuck of considered involving in 2002. See more »


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Not for the hard bitten cynics
2 January 2003 | by nealkleinSee all my reviews

Why do people who already have a preconceived notion of what is an acceptable amount of tenderness in a film write reviews for films like "Spirit"? I have one message to anyone with a blindly scathing opinion of this film: if you just don't like children's films, or if you have the rigidness of mind that makes it impossible for you to go back to a time of greater innocence, DO NOT REVIEW THIS FILM! Please.

That said, I can continue that "Spirit" is extraordinary. The animation is technically impressive, from the opening shot to the locomotive scene at the end. The storytelling is straightforward and pure, yet has many totally original moments that combine with the more formulaic, tried and true story elements. Objectively speaking, you can see that a great deal of time and money went into making the movie something that would stand a little taller than its competitors.

Sadly, "Spirit" suffers from its subject matter in a way unfair to the film itself. The film will likely appeal more to the sensitive (read: women, girls and young boys) than a general audience. The story is about a horse, and that means it is NOT likely to have lots of guns, swordplay, singing animals, characters saying, "It's all my fault", or distinct good vs. evil. My word, what happens when someone is courageous enough to make a movie that so deviates from tried and true storytelling devices? The answer: they don't make as much money as the recyclers at the Mouse.

"Spirit" was outshone and outmarketed by "Lilo and Stitch" and did not have nearly as long a run as a result. Guess who lost out because of that? You did, very likely. I saw this in the theater and on home DVD. "Spirit" loses an enormous amount of its power going to the small screen. The opening panoramic, long shot behind the eagle is reduced to a clever camera trick. And the experience of being engulfed in the thunder and masterfully recreated power of the galloping herd of mustangs is reduced to a moment of natural drama and little else. If you missed this movie during the summer of 2002, it is little wonder why you might overlook (or worse, pan) this magnificent milestone in animation.

See "Spirit" with an open mind. Enjoy its fresh take on the Bambi/Kimba/animal adventure tale. If you can, watch it with *children* so you can get a glimpse at the magic that they can easily see in this superior film. When it's over, take a moment and imagine what imagination and heart went into creating this film.

And if you still cannot decide favorably on it at all, watch "Scary Movie" or something that appeals better to your sense of intelligence and taste.

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