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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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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 »

Connections

Followed by 7 Clinics with Buck Brannaman (2012) See more »

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PRELUDE AND YODEL
Written by Simon Jeffes
Performed by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
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Horse Sense
24 June 2011 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"I'm helping horses with people problems." Buck Brannaman

If you love horses, Buck will not buck you. If you don't love them, this documentary will make you love Buck Brannaman, the inspiration for the novel The Horse Whisperer and technical adviser to Robert Redford on the film of the same name.

Interestingly enough, you don't see him whisper; he just snaps and waves a couple of red flags to convince the animal he cares about them. His results, even with the feistiest and most deadly horses, are remarkably successful. Buck is a soft song of praise to a wrangler psychologist whose gift with horses defies analysis, so unassuming is he, so gentle that he appears not to be working at all.

His interaction with humans is just as successful with clinics all over the West to show owners and trainers how to tame the liveliest colts. His loving relationship with his wife and daughter, who performs at rodeos with him, is a testimony to his belief that humans are key to the happiness of the animals.

His no nonsense advice is nowhere more effective than when he tells a rancher about the effect of her neuroses on the troubled horse he is attending to. Tough love.

When Buck asks, "Why let an animal live in fear?" it is apparent Buck has a connection with horses that goes beyond breaking them for riding. When he describes how a horse naturally fears a human on his back in the same way one jumped by a lion does, the lesson about empathy is clear.

Buck is a cowboy with a remarkably wry sense of humor and self-effacing pride. His tough love melts into a universal love that straddles the beast and human worlds.

The back story about his abuse by his father adds to his credibility and mitigates the otherwise thin deconstruiction of his persona. While I am frustrated because of the film's unwillingness to probe deeper into his talent and his psyche, what you get is what you get: a man gifted with horses—and humans.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2012 (Australia) See more »

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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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