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The Black Stallion (1979)

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks ... See full summary »

Director:

Carroll Ballard

Writers:

Melissa Mathison (screenplay), Jeanne Rosenberg (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kelly Reno ... Alec Ramsey
Mickey Rooney ... Henry Dailey
Teri Garr ... Alec's Mother
Clarence Muse ... Snoe
Hoyt Axton ... Alec's Father
Michael Higgins ... Neville
Ed McNamara Ed McNamara ... Jake
Larbi Doghmi Larbi Doghmi ... Arab (as Dogmi Larbi)
John Burton John Burton ... Jockey #1
John Buchanan John Buchanan ... Jockey #2
Kristen Vigard Kristen Vigard ... Becky
Fausto Tozzi ... Rescue Captain
John Karlsen ... Archeologist (as John Karlson)
Leopoldo Trieste ... Priest
Frank Cousins Frank Cousins ... African Chieftain
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Storyline

While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a desert island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued, both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once-successful trainer. Together they begin training the stallion to race against the fastest horses in the world. Written by Anonymous

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Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Black Stallion, Inc. | MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | Italian

Release Date:

17 October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Stallion See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$37,799,643

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,799,643
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Omni Zoetrope See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Concert composer William Russo was initially given the assignment of scoring the film, but when he and Carroll Ballard couldn't agree on what the music should be like, producer Francis Ford Coppola stepped in and hired his father, Carmine Coppola. See more »

Goofs

Just before the start of the final race, the camera gives a view from the cage to the main sector for visitors (at the right upper corner), which seems absolutely empty, even though the stadium is overcrowded in the previous and the following scenes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alec Ramsey: Dad... you know what I saw? It's the most fantastic thing... come look!
Mr. Ramsey: [to the other poker players] My son.
Mr. Ramsey: Hey! Look, son, I'll tell you, I'm really busy, but... I'll tell you what I do need. I need some good luck.
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Alternate Versions

The 1998 VHS release plasters the 1976 United Artists logo with the 1994 United Artists logo. See more »

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A masterpiece
4 June 2007 | by jerkyshawSee all my reviews

It is hard for many people to accept that a little family film about a boy's relationship to a horse could be one of the greatest films ever made. But you must remember that not so long after The Black Stallion was released another film was made that was about a boy's relationship with a creature from another planet. That film is widely considered a masterpiece and its director has gone to become the most successful director in film history. I think it is worth noting that both films were written by the same person. Melissa Mathison, who wrote both E.T. and The Black Stallion, has penned two great films about a boys love friendship with a non human creature. And after several viewings of both I'm beginning to think that Stallion may be the better of the two. I doubt that I have ever seen a more atmospheric and emotional movie that holds up so well after repeat viewings. And I must say the sparse dialog is probably my favorite thing about it. Little is said but much is felt and isn't the feeling what is most important? This film has a beautiful look to it, which may have something to do with the director, Carol Ballard's, experience as a cinematographer. The wonderful images and rich detail draw you into the film and say more than words ever could. Great performances by everyone in the cast also boost this movie to the next level. Is The Black Stallion better than E.T.? I cannot say but it certainly feels that way. If you want to see a movie that is pure feeling than you should see this one.


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