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Running Free (1999)

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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.

Director:

Sergei Bodrov (as Sergey Bodrov)

Writers:

Jean-Jacques Annaud (story), Jeanne Rosenberg (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chase Moore ... Young Richard
Maria Geelbooi Maria Geelbooi ... Nyka
Arie Verveen ... Adult Richard
Jan Decleir ... Boss Man
Graham Clarke 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 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
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Storyline

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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horse | free | stableboy | desert | mining | See All (13) »


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | France | South Africa

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

2 June 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hoofbeats See more »

Filming Locations:

Namib Desert, Namibia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,451, 4 June 2000

Gross USA:

$101,431
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A horse and his boy...
15 July 2001 | by rps-2See all my reviews

A rather nice boy and his horse picture. Or is it a horse and his boy? There are some great animal shots. (It must have been hell getting the horses to "act.") The film is shot in Namibia, the setting for the story, and there are some superb scenes. My only problem with the film was the rather absurd off camera narration by the horse. And even if they had to use this tired device, they could have chosen a better voice than the wimpy one they did. But all in all, it made for a pleasant enough evening and I imagine for a horse lover (which I am not) it would be sublime.


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