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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate children's horse movie with stunning photography, 6 Nov. 2007
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This review is from: The Black Stallion [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
This film has simply beautiful photography, the images of clouds and seascapes on the isolated island, of the horses on the racetrack look like they came straight from an art-house movie, but, this is both a children's film and produced by one of Hollywood's great producers.

The story is boys own stuff of a boy who forms a bond with a big black stallion when after a shipwreck they connect on an isolated island, he then takes this valuable piece of bloodstock home with him to the US and races it against the best in the world. These basic facts are totally unbelievable in the real world but this is a children's fantasy where dreams can come true.I loved the photography and the lack of dialogue; there are simply minutes at a time when no-one speaks - although I am not sure how much those parts appeal to children. And like many good children's stories its essentially quite sad as despite all the horse bonding it doesn't hide the fact that this is a story of a fatherless lonely child who has experienced a terrifying time alone on a desert island. So in the end the strength of the film is apart from the stunning images, that unlike some other animal movies the sentimentality is never overwhelming or cheesy. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon with the family -
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