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War Horse (2011)

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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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Steven Spielberg

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Lee Hall (screenplay), Richard Curtis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 72 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irvine ... Albert Narracott
Peter Mullan ... Ted Narracott
Emily Watson ... Rose Narracott
Niels Arestrup ... Grandfather
David Thewlis ... Lyons
Tom Hiddleston ... Capt. Nicholls
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Maj. Jamie Stewart
Celine Buckens ... Emilie
Toby Kebbell ... Geordie Soldier
Patrick Kennedy ... Lt. Charlie Waverly
Leonard Carow ... Michael
David Kross ... Gunther
Matt Milne ... Andrew Easton
Robert Emms ... David Lyons
Eddie Marsan ... Sgt. Fry
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Storyline

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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | India

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caballo de guerra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,515,402, 25 December 2011

Gross USA:

$79,884,879

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,584,879
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Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Jeremy Irvine, who played Albert Narracott, contracted trench foot when filming the war scenes of the movie. See more »

Goofs

The Household Cavalry was engaged at Zandvoorde, but in a defensive role. No dramatic charge took place. Also the 10th German Infantry Division was located in Lorraine at the time, not near Ypres. See more »

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Spielberg Still Stands - "War Horse" Among the Best of the Year
8 January 2012 | by TroyeEvansSee all my reviews

I must admit that Spielberg has playing some of his old tricks again in "War Horse", but after all these years they still work like a charm and a wonderful motion picture is the outcome. This will be another Spielberg classic to remember in years to come.

Back in old days of "Saving Private Ryan", it was Tom Hanks saving Private Ryan. This time it is a horse. "War Horse" tells the story of a destined encounter, and a later breathtaking journey across beautifully displayed landscapes. It is a story about the bravery of a young man who embarks on an odyssey to look for his lost horse.

This is indeed a war movie, and is definitely one of the greatest and most memorable ones I have seen about War World I (since most films go for WWII). But it is not only about the raging war of course. You'd expect more than that from one of the all-time favorite directors. And I can ensure you "War Horse" does not disappoint. It may not be as touching and tears-generating as the good old "ET" and "Saving Private Ryan", but it is certainly an excellent addition to Spielberg's career.

Aside from the story, the cinematography is incredible, and it has to be one of the best of the year. The score is also surprisingly good. I was pretty worried that this would somehow get "snubbed" by the Academy with all the strong frontrunners going on right now but I am quite affirmative now that this has the potential and chances to grab a number of nods.

Go watch "War Horse" if you've always enjoyed Spielberg's movies. It is indeed his style you will find in this film. It is an adventure for everyone to look forward to and one that is rewarding in the end.


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