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The Black Stallion

HD   G Closed Captioning

Carroll Ballard

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About the Movie

Alec Ramsey (Kelly Reno) and his father are on a ship that also contains a beautiful black stallion which is owned by a frightening Arab, Larbi. There is a fire onboard ship, and the boy and horse are soon in the water. Both wind up on a deserted island, where Alec and the stallion gradually establish contact and rapport. During the rescue the horse escapes. Back in the USA, Alec finds the horse at a farm owned by Mickey Rooney. Mickey trains the horse; Alec becomes a jockey. And there is a big race to be won.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Carroll Ballard's feature debut is rich in adventure, suspense and mythical elements and marks the prize-winning short-subjects director as a major talent. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The film represents a studied, sophisticated approach to instinctual emotions: it's carefully, calculatingly naive, and amazingly it works. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Deepens into a far more powerful entertainment through matchless cinematography and talented supporting players. – Michael Booth, Denver Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A magnificently well-crafted movie. – Time Out, Dec 11, 2007

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Customer Reviews


When this movie came out my mom took me to see it in the theater. It was such a great movie. To now see it through older eyes i still wish i was that little kid. There are a lot of cute movies about animals and the bonds with children, there is no better then the black stallion! Movies of yesteryear have a warmth to them. Today's movies seem to always have someone talking. You can seriously get lost in this movie.

The Black Stallion

To "read the book" : the Arabian horse who portrayed the black stallion was NOT a mare! He was indeed a stallion named Cassole'. I don't know where you got that information, but yes, he was a brown and not black, but no matter. I read the whole series if books by Walter Farley as a child, and Francis Ford Coppola portrayed it beautifully, powerfully, and true to the book. The cinematography is spectacular and the music is wonderful. I bought this movie as soon as my daughter was old enough to appreciate it. The island portion of the movie(including scene during final credits) is simply breathtaking.

The Black Stallion

A simply beautiful movie. It really captures the horse from the horse lovers point of view. It's not to be looked at as a realistic film, but something to get lost in. I read all of Farley's books as a child and I feel the movie did it justice. My breath still catches in my throat at the emotional intelligence of the filming. FYI- the stud was an Arab named Cass Ole, he WAS a stud, he WAS a true black save for a star and white fetlocks which were dyed. He also had extensions sewed into his mane and forelock. I met this horse in 1988 or so at a equine expo in Tacoma. He was just the same as he looked in the movie.