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War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, War | 25 December 2011 (USA)
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Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Albert Narracott
... Ted Narracott
... Rose Narracott
... Grandfather
... Lyons
... Capt. Nicholls
... Maj. Jamie Stewart
... Emilie
... Geordie Soldier
... Lt. Charlie Waverly
... Michael
... Gunther
... Andrew Easton
... David Lyons
... Sgt. Fry
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On the outbreak of the First World War, Albert's beloved horse 'Joey' is sold to the Cavalry by his Father. After being sent to France, in a bid to survive, Joey has an unexpected journey across war torn Europe. Albert enlists in the British Army, and is wounded during the Battle of the Somme. Whilst recovering in Hospital, he learns of a Horse, found in no mans land.

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Separated by war. Tested by battle. Bound by friendship.

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Drama | History | War

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of war violence | See all certifications »

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25 December 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caballo de guerra  »

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Budget:

$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,512,000, 23 December 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$79,884,879, 3 May 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,584,879, 3 May 2012
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2.35 : 1
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This was Steven Spielberg's first film to be edited digitally. He has famously held onto editing traditionally; his editor, Michael Kahn, has edited nearly all of Spielberg's films on a Moviola. See more »

Goofs

When the cavalry charge through the grass towards the Germans you can see they are running in trails previously made. When they burst into the open you can see how the grass has been flattened by a previous charge. See more »

Quotes

Base Camp Officer: [capturing Maj. Stewart and his soldiers] What? You think a garrison on open grounds would go UNDEFENDED? Look at yourself! Who do you think you are?
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References The Searchers (1956) See more »

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Roses of Picardy
Written by Frederick Edward Weatherly (as Frederick E. Weatherly) and Haydn Wood
Performed by John McCormack
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Very well made. A modern film reminiscent of the classics.
10 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

It is well understood from the first few scenes that the typical cliché of both war films and animal dramas will stain Spielberg's canvas, yet the film pushes forward, earning well-deserved praise. Quite a few scenes are captivating to say the least; as is the scene with the horse, Joey, forging through heavily barb-wired no man's land.

'War Horse' surely reminisces the older WW1 films, and epic war films in general, such as Lawrence of Arabia, that drag on forever, yet do not fail to keep you enthralled with their stunning visuals and top-notch acting. Jeremy Irvine's performance was acceptable for an actor fairly new to the game, as were the performances of the gamut of child actors in the film, but honorable mentions must go to Emily Watson, Niels Arestrup, and Peter Mullan. The production did a wonderful job to give the horse Joey a deeper personified image, as if he were an actor. The same goes for the other horses in the film, who seem to converse amongst each other and reveal a chemistry shared between animal and animal, as well as animal and man. A wonderful job on the whole. Certainly Spielberg's finest work in recent months (yes, I don't think cowboys and aliens should ever mix).

For what its worth, this picture will move you deeply, as it has done to many. 'War Horse' inspires anti-war sentiments, as Joey's endeavors help him sympathize with men on both sides of the trenches, and ultimately reminds us of the beauty of Earths beasts. Each one has its own character that strikes a chord with the audience, and this is undeniable.

Enjoy!


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