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An examination of the life of acclaimed 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people.

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Cindy Meehl
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buck Brannaman ... Self
Gary Myers Gary Myers ... Self
Bibb Frazier Bibb Frazier ... Self
Betty Staley Betty Staley ... Self
Gwynn Turnbull Weaver ... Self
Shayne Jackson Shayne Jackson ... Self
Annette Venteicher Annette Venteicher ... Self
Robert Redford ... Self
Reata Brannaman Reata Brannaman ... Self
Nevada Watt Nevada Watt ... Self
Mary Brannaman Mary Brannaman ... Self
Johnny France Johnny France ... Self
Betsy Shirley Betsy Shirley ... Self
Paige Morris Paige Morris ... Self
Bill Seaton Bill Seaton ... Self
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An examination of the life of acclaimed 'horse whisperer' Buck Brannaman, who recovered from years of child abuse to become a well-known expert in the interactions between horses and people.

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There's no wisdom worth having that isn't hard won

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Rated PG for thematic elements, mild language and an injury | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In The Horse Whisperer (1998)'s closing credits, Buck Brannaman is listed as "Equine Technical Advisor". In the movie, there's a picture of Buck and his brother Smokie Brannaman in the montage of old family photos during a scene at the Booker home. It's the one with two young boys with Santa Claus; Buck is the boy on the left. See more »

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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Margin Call (2011) See more »

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NICKEL MOUNTAIN
Written by Mark Orton
Performed by Mark Orton and Megan Orton
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An "Under The Radar" Documentary
10 September 2015 | by kyleleimeisterSee all my reviews

Honestly, I was not expecting Buck to be a movie which I would thoroughly enjoy, but I was presently surprised by this documentary. I believe this movie is well composed and in some cases a step above a lot of other documentaries. Throughout the film there are emotional transitions that seem rough, but are placed well to give the movie a good cadence. To add to the cadence of the film personal stories from people who have had their horse tamed by Buck Brannaman are added and give insight to how Buck is so inspirational to them. Humor is sprinkled throughout the film, by Buck, to emphasize how such a scared soul can heal and overcome the hardships he endured in his younger years. He does this with his hard work and dedication to better himself and save an animal he understands so well.

As Buck Brannnaman puts it, he doesn't help people with horse problems, but instead horses with people problems, and throughout the movie this statement becomes more and more believable. Classic movie clips are given to show how horses used to be treated by humans and the physical and emotional pain we put them through. In one extreme case presented in the movie we see the more stern side of Buck when he confronts a woman who has let her horse become dangerous and in turn now endangers the horse, and as Buck puts it "the human has failed the horse". A relationship between a horse and its owner is that of up-most respect and this is what Buck instills in people he teaches so the horse no longer feels it has a people problem.

Overall this was a successful documentary that didn't have the big Hollywood feel to it. Cindy Meehl's first shot at directing is one that punches above the waistline and should be watched by anyone who has been searching for an off-the-beaten track film.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

16 February 2012 (Australia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Montana, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$67,548, 19 June 2011

Gross USA:

$4,038,912

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,448,728
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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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