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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

Writers:

Lee Hall (screenplay), Richard Curtis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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Taglines:

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

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Drama | History | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

$7,512,000, 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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Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Spielberg: [fathers] Albert's father is the initial antagonist who deprives Albert of his best friend by selling Joey into danger. See more »

Goofs

Upon entering the German trench, Albert sees several dead Germans wearing the M1917 leather gas mask, these were the standard German gas masks of the time this battle is set, however there is one German; the one lying upside down on the parados with the lobster armor on, who is wearing the M1917 ARS gas mask. This mask was only worn by the French army from 1917 onward. See more »

Quotes

Michael: The food in Italy is good, yeah?
Gunther: [nods] Yes, very good.
Michael: And the women?
Gunther: Not as good as the food...
Michael: From eating too much of the food?
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Referenced in Arrête ton cinéma! (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Brown Beauty
23 January 2012 | by dharmendrasinghSee all my reviews

Spielberg's film is his vision of Michael Morpurgo's beloved book, which must surely now be essential reading for all kids, if it wasn't before.

Superficially it's about a horse named Joey and a boy called Albert, who become inseparable through a series of unfortunate events – World War I being one of them. A closer look reveals a story of such overwhelming humanity that I was bowled over. Spielberg was the only director for this film because he knows what it means to be a child.

Whether or not it is apparent in the book, there's no doubt this is a war film, one that ranks with Spielberg's 'Saving Private Ryan' and 'Schindler's List'. Emily Watson's character utters a line about the refusal of being proud of killing, which is the line one might use to summarise the film's point. Because Spielberg is Jewish, this line is pregnant with meaning. It's his noble way of saying that, despite the suffering received by his kin, he is willing to forgive their oppressors.

There's a scene where Joey is trapped by barbed-wire in no man's land and is freed by the combined effort of an Englishman and a German, who put aside their differences under the name of human decency. The scene is breathtaking, and it's the sort which no-one does better than Spielberg.

Long-time collaborator John Williams provides a moving score, regardless of its resemblance to the one he composed for 'Saving Private Ryan'. Director of Photography Janusz Kaminski reminds us of the beauty of our rural regions by photographing the Devonshire countryside with reverence.

Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Niels Arestrup and Tom Hiddleston form the principal cast and are wonderful. Nothing could have prepared me for how much I'd be moved. There's no reason why you won't be.

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