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The Black Stallion [DVD] 
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From its turbulent beginning in a storm-swept sea to its unforgettable horse race finale, The Black Stallion is a modern-day movie landmark. One of the most highly praised productions of 1979,it is "a wonderful experience...for adults and for kids" (Roger Ebert). When a shipwreck leaves Alec (Kelly Reno)a courageous young boyand The Blacka wild Arabian stallion 'stranded on a desolate island, the two share a frightening adventure of survival that forges a lasting bond of friendship between them. Upon their rescue, Alec and the magnificent horse continue their adventures when they join forces with ex-jockey and horse trainer Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney). Recognizing the winning combination of The Black's remarkable spirit and Alec's unwavering devotion tohis friend, Dailey takes both under his wing and prepares them to go head to head with the world's best thoroughbreds in "the race of the century."
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I was growing up in Bucharest when my parents made my sister and I watch "The Black Stallion" during one dark winter. As a child, I had found the story of a little boy stranded on a desert island to be disturbing, which was compounded by the fact that for at least a third of the movie no words are uttered. The way the boy tames the stallion on the beaches of the island is beautiful. The arabesque music is haunting and the cinematography brilliant (watch out for the scene in which Coppolla captures the legs of the horse and of the boy from beneath the waters).
If for nothing else, the movie is worth watching for the last part in which the scenes of Alec riding the Black on a race course are intertwined with the scenes of a little boy riding a wild stallion through the waves of a forsaken shore.
Perhaps it will also get you into riding, as it did to me.
Alce is traveling on a ship with his father (Hoyt Axton) and the wide-eyed boy tacks in the exotic passengers, the high-stakes poker game his father spends all his time playing, and, most of all, the wild and beautiful black horse in the cargo hold. The boy has been sneaking the horse sugar cubes and when the ship is sunk by a storm, the horse rescues Alex and the two end up on lonely beach. There Alex, with all the time in the world, tames the horse and rides him up and down the shore, his arms flung wild in the joy of racing throw the sand and water.Read more ›
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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I watched this last night with my wife.
We thoroughly enjoyed it.
The photography is superb throughout, the child actor is brilliant, and at the end there's a big... Read more
A truly wonderful film from my childhood.
A beautifully film. Just buy it..
I enjoyed this. I'd recommend if you liked Black Beauty. The DVD arrived quickly and worked fine.Published 11 months ago by Varia Queen of the Amazons