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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.


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


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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Did You Know?


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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Composed by Joel Goodman
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A Lesson About Horses AND People
10 September 2015 | by jukwokSee all my reviews

From the start of the documentary, Buck's calm, quiet, and humble demeanor captures our attention. His low voice encourages you to edge your seat forward, just so you can hear what he's saying-almost as if he's whispering a secret into your ear. Buck maintains eye contact with horses more than he does with people, simply because he understands them better. He cares for them, nurtures them, and loves them with all his heart, so much so that he sacrifices family time for a life of solitude so that he can hold clinics across the country.

Buck is truly an inspiring person. No matter how violent a colt may be when entering his clinic, Buck is always able to build a rapport with it without the use of words. He comforts and pets the horse, almost as if to say, "You're okay. Don't be afraid to let your walls down." Buck is able to show the horses that he is there to love them and that no one is there to hurt them. He even patiently ushers a violent, uncooperative 3 year old horse into the truck. Buck wants people to be able to relate to the horse before asking the horse to do something for them. He wants to help build strong and understanding relationships between horses and people.

Buck's clinics not only show how people should treat horses, but also reveal how this is about a person's life and the people in it. Buck shows others how there is always an alternative path-whether it be the way a person treats a horse or the choices a person makes in his/her life. Buck grew up with an abusive father, but refused to grow up like him. Although this seems like a gruesome childhood, Buck never needed the sympathy of others-not even when his foster father handed him a pair of beautiful working gloves the very first day he arrived. Buck shows that like people, horses are vulnerable and are capable of shutting down. He says that usually, it is the human who fails the horse through neglect and mistreatment. Towards the end of the movie, Buck regards the unfortunate event between the violent horse and its crestfallen owner, "A horse is a mirror-a mirror into your soul." This quote is truly breathtaking because it shows that not only are the participants learning about the horse, but the horse is also teaching the participants aspects about themselves that they may not realize until someone breaks the truth to them.

He opens the public's eyes to how a person and a horse can become so incredibly connected that they become one mind and one body. By simply leaning back and forth atop a horse, Buck is proof that people can gain the full cooperation of a horse without a single touch! Buck's voice and actions will seize your attention the way they did with mine.

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Release Date:

16 February 2012 (Australia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Montana, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,548, 19 June 2011

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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