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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Buck Brannaman ... Himself
Gary Myers Gary Myers ... Himself
Bibb Frazier Bibb Frazier ... Himself
Betty Staley Betty Staley ... Herself
Gwynn Turnbull Weaver ... Herself
Shayne Jackson Shayne Jackson ... Himself
Annette Venteicher Annette Venteicher ... Herself
Robert Redford ... Himself
Reata Brannaman Reata Brannaman ... Herself
Nevada Watt Nevada Watt ... Herself
Mary Brannaman Mary Brannaman ... Herself
Johnny France Johnny France ... Himself
Betsy Shirley Betsy Shirley ... Herself
Paige Morris Paige Morris ... Herself
Bill Seaton Bill Seaton ... Himself
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2012 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Buck - Der wahre Pferdeflüsterer See more »

Filming Locations:

Montana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,548, 17 June 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,023,123, 25 September 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Written by Simon Jeffes
Performed by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
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Buckling for Buck
10 September 2015 | by shokonatorSee all my reviews

If you are looking for a movie to get pumped for and to watch with a bunch of your friends, do not watch this movie. "Buck" serves as the perfect film for a moviegoer who wishes to enjoy a moving yet informative film that will make you rethink everything you know.

Buck Brannaman is has drastically changed the lives of many horses. Touring across the United States for nine months out of the year, Buck provides four day clinics in which he helps fellow horse lovers how to interact with horses in a structural yet caring way. He helps individuals see healthier ways to train their horses, rather than use dangerous techniques or have a dangerous attitude. In the past generations, people would torture horses in order to make them tame. They would use torture, ropes, whips, and many other scary devices to try to conquer the animal's soul by force. These practices were inhumane and a stain on our relationship with animals. Thank goodness that these are not common practices today, however, most of us are still not able to conquer the challenge of training a horse in a perfectly tame and respectful manner. Buck Brannaman understands horses and truly wants others to be able to understand their horses as well. In his clinics, he compares horse emotions to that of human emotions in a way that people can understand.

Buck Brannaman says at one point in the movie that your "horse is a mirror to your soul." You may wonder where that idea may come into play in a documentary about some horse whisperer, but this idea of introspection and finding your inner self comes into play every once in awhile. Some other interesting discussions that arise throughout the film include the ideas of speciesism and the close comparison between child rearing and horse rearing.

I started watching this movie, hoping that I wouldn't fall asleep from the knowledge that I couldn't grasp with my mind's butterfly net. But thankfully, "Buck" ended up becoming one of the the most interesting and captivating documentaries I have ever seen. This movie is the bomb and be careful when you watch it because your mind will explode.


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