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The Dark Horse (2008)

| Drama, Family, Sport | 2008 (USA)
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The Dark Horse is a story of struggle and redemption. Dana, a ballet teacher, reluctantly returns to her childhood home to discover it is about to be sold. To save the farm, and the family,... See full summary »


Cornelia Duryée (as Cornelia Duryée Moore)


Cornelia Duryée (as Cornelia Duryée Moore)





Credited cast:
Carol Roscoe Carol Roscoe ... Dana
Kathryn Mesney-Hetler Kathryn Mesney-Hetler ... Gwen
Sean G. Griffin Sean G. Griffin ... Fiach
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kate Bayley Kate Bayley ... Kate
Corina Boettger ... Catrina
Haynes Brooke ... Finn
Scott C. Brown ... The Sheriff
Julian Curelop Julian Curelop ... Spectator
Mark Dias Mark Dias ... Martin
Tiffany Tessa Doorn Tiffany Tessa Doorn ... Extra (as Tiffany Doorn)
Peter Anthony Jacobs Peter Anthony Jacobs ... Land Bank manager
Tallis Moore ... Rees McSpadden
Eleanor Moseley Eleanor Moseley ... Cathy McSpadden
Pam Nolte Pam Nolte ... Elizabeth
Nathan Rice Nathan Rice ... Medic


The Dark Horse is a story of struggle and redemption. Dana, a ballet teacher, reluctantly returns to her childhood home to discover it is about to be sold. To save the farm, and the family, she must tame her mother's dangerous black horse, and ride him to victory in the year's biggest dressage competition. Written by MGJ

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The Dark Horse is a movie for everyone who ever had a dream and lost it, only to rediscover it in a surprising place.


Drama | Family | Sport



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2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A fekete ló farmja See more »

Filming Locations:

Orcas Island, Washington, USA

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The breed of horse that Dana rides is a Friesian stallion that originated in the Netherlands. The breed was popular among medieval knights. See more »

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A thoughtful story with gorgeous scenery but, if you are a horse fan, there's limited viewing time for the beautiful creatures, sorry
27 February 2014 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Dana (Carol Roscoe) was an aspiring ballet dancer who got seriously hurt, ending her dream of appearing on stage. Now, she teaches ballet to an assortment of beginning students in Seattle and lives in a lower rent apartment above a drugstore. There is no man in her life, either. One day, her adult brother calls and summons her home to their childhood farm on Orcas Island, a ferry ride from the Wet City. She goes. Awaiting her are a bevy of problems. Her father is developing Alzheimers, although he has many moments of clarity. Then, her stubborn mother has "credit-carded" the purchase of a beautiful but wild horse she means to tame enough to sell for bigger bucks. So far, the equine is jumpy. Worst of all, the farm is in foreclosure, due to dwindling profits from the orchard and an assortment of other misfortunes. Can Dana help save the family farm? Will she get on a horse, as she swore never to do again, to help tame the animal to showcase for the much-needed money? First, although this film has few stars, it is quite well done. The family dynamics is interesting, to say the least, when it includes a child with autism, a grandpa with Alzheimers, and a sister-in-law who has been involved with both brothers, at various times. One could almost say there are two many problems for one film. On the plus side, the scenery on Orcas Island is terrific, a more rustic but still wildly beautiful than the one shown in the film Lucky Seven, which was also set on Orcas. Also, the flick's horses are truly lovely, too, but there is not an abundance of screen time devoted to them. Horse fans, therefore, may be somewhat disappointed. Nevertheless, those seeking something quieter and more thoughtful than the usual Tinseltown fare will be rewarded when bringing this one home.

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