Young Alec (Kelly Reno) is left stranded alone on an island after a shipwreck. His only companion is 'The Black', a wild Arabian stallion who helps the boy to survive until they are both rescued. Back in the States, the horse and its inseparable friend are taken under the wing of trainer Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney), who convinces them they can triumph in horseracing's most prestigious meeting.
Adapted from the beloved novel
by Walter Farley, The Black Stallion
is a 1979 family classic that was hailed by no less than hard-to-please critic Pauline Kael as "may be the greatest children's movie ever made". A visual feast from start to finish, the timeless tale plays out on almost mythic terms. A young boy survives a shipwreck and is stranded on a deserted island with a graceful black stallion, with whom the boy develops an almost empathic friendship. After being rescued and returning home, the two make a winning team as jockey and lightning-fast racehorse under the tutelage of a passionate trainer, played by Mickey Rooney in an Oscar-nominated role. From its serenely hypnotic island sequence to the breathtaking race scenes, this delightful film is guaranteed to enthral any viewer, regardless of age. The Black Stallion
is a genuine masterpiece of family entertainment.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com