The Black Stallion

The Black Stallion

Synopsis of Movie

Based on Walter Farley’s 1941 novel, The Black Stallion chronicled the tender bond that develops between a shipwrecked boy and a wild black horse. As in the 1970's Black Beauty, the bond between horse and child was the focus, with each learning lessons from the other.

The journey begins aboard an ocean steamer, where American boy Alec Ramsey is traveling with his father. The boy befriends an untamed stallion called simply, “the Black,” feeding him sugar cubes on the sly. When the ship is sunk one stormy night, Alec and the Black end up on a deserted island, lost to the world.

The two form a unique friendship, learning to trust and communicate with each other worldlessly. When the boy is finally rescued, he insists that his companion come with him. Back in civilization, Alec and the Black struggle to fit in, winding up in the care of ex-jockey Henry Dailey. Dailey trains the stallion as a racer, leading to a thrilling climactic competition.

Charming audiences with its visual inventiveness and classic narrative, The Black Stallion was a triumph, a truly unique family film. The lengthy production paid off in the end, featuring luscious cinematography from Caleb Deschanel and a moving, low-key performance from screen legend Mickey Rooney as Dailey. A sequel followed in 1983, continuing Alec and the Black's adventures.

Movie Release History

1979 - The Black Stallion
1983 - The Black Stallion Returns

Movie Sub Categories

live-action
drama

Movie Studio

United Artists

Cast

Alec Ramsey Kelly Reno
Henry Dailey Mickey Rooney
Alec's Mother Teri Garr
Snoe Clarence Muse
Alec's Father Hoyt Axton
Neville Michael Higgins
Jake Ed McNamara
Arab Doghmi Larbi
Jockey No. 1 John Burton
Jockey No. 2 John Buchanan
Becky Kristen Vigard
Archeologist John Karlson
Priest Leopoldo Trieste
African Chieftain Frank Cousins
Zaurog Don Hudson

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