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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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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

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1.78 : 1
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PRELUDE AND YODEL
Written by Simon Jeffes
Performed by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
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Buck will Change your Perception of Yourself
10 September 2015 | by jkaugustSee all my reviews

Most people are unfamiliar with the unique bond one can have with a horse. However, Buck Brannaman is very unlike most people.

The foundation of the film lies within Buck's violently disturbing back story. We find out, early on, that he was abused by his father throughout his childhood. As the documentary progresses, we learn more and more about Buck's incredible journey of self rebuilding. He has gone through extreme hardship to become the outstanding man that he is today.

Buck's history and inherent sensitivity allow him to relate to horses in ways the majority of us cannot. As, experienced horseman know, horses are remarkably sensitive and perceptive creatures. So much so, that they can sense a person's emotional state and recognize their personality. With this, Buck shows us how he builds an unbreakable relationship with his horses based on trust and mutual respect. At one point Buck is questioned about a particularly naughty colt.

He responds with, "That horse is a mirror. All of your horses are a mirror to your soul. And sometimes you might not like what you see in the mirror. Sometimes you will."

Buck is a cowboy that understands the true depth of these animals. No horse is inherently evil. Just as Buck knows, if one is only given punishment they will lose all trust in others. A person has failed a horse when that horse loses faith in human kindness. Buck, however helps us to succeed in gaining this trust. Not surprisingly, he advises us to start with self reflection.

The film makes one contemplate one's own character and emotions. Horses can teach us more about ourselves than any other organism on this earth. The message of this documentary is clear and backed with extreme validity. Buck teaches us to take a look inside ourselves before judging the world around us.


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