The tale of the extraordinary life and times of Lucky, a horse that was born in captivity but achieves his dream of running free with the help of a stableboy.


Sergei Bodrov


Jean-Jacques Annaud (story), Jeanne Rosenberg (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Chase Moore ... Young Richard
Maria Geelbooi Maria Geelbooi ... Nyka
Arie Verveen ... Adult Richard
Jan Decleir ... Boss Man
Graham Clarke ... Mine Supervisor
Patrick Lyster ... Officer
Morné Visser ... Groom
Dan Robbertse Dan Robbertse ... Colonel (as Daniel J. Robbertse)
Nicholas Trueb Nicholas Trueb ... Hans, Boss' Son
Robin Smith ... Blacksmith
Iluce Kgao Iluce Kgao ... Nyka's Friend
Lukas Haas ... Narrator (voice)
Fat Albert Fat Albert ... Caesar (the horse)
Kateefa Kateefa ... Grey Mare / Lucky's Dam


In 1914, a German supply ship is en route to Africa with a cargo of work horses when one of the mares gives birth to a foal. The colt is soon separated from his mother when the ship docks in a mining community, and he has a hard time getting along, but an orphaned boy who works at a stable takes a liking to the little horse and looks after him. When war breaks out, the stable is abandoned and the pony escapes into a nearby desert, where an Oryx antelope and a native girl become his companions and teach him how to survive on his own. Written by Mark Deming

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Still today one of the best movies I have ever seen ( American A+ Movie) My Ratings 10/10
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I thought this was an amazing and a most touching movie I beg to differ with the critics who did not appreciate the fine narration by Lucas Hass as he is not only a fine actor but also a great story teller

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Release Date:

2 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hoofbeats See more »

Filming Locations:

Namib Desert, Namibia See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,451, 4 June 2000

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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