The Black Stallion
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While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion that is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When the ship tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a deserted island. Alec befriends the horse, so when finally rescued both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once successful trainer. Together they begin training The Black to race against the fastest horses in the world.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ballard's sumptuous images exist only to distract from his rather conventional failings of craftsmanship."
‑ Frank Rich, TIME Magazine
"A magnificently well-crafted movie."
‑ , Time Out
"Breathtakingly beautiful, truly magical movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Beautifully phortographed and surprisingly good."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"One of those rare family films that goes on to earn true Classic status."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"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
"The director, Carroll Ballard, and the cinematographer, Caleb Deschanel, have captured so many lavishly beautiful images that the cumulative effect is one of repetition."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A simple film, sentimental but not mawkish, as enjoyable for adults as it is for children."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Tells the enchanting story of a boy whose life is enriched by his relationship with a magnificent horse."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Deepens into a far more powerful entertainment through matchless cinematography and talented supporting players."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"The film represents a studied, sophisticated approach to instinctual emotions: it's carefully, calculatingly naive, and amazingly it works."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"First-rate adaptation of the well-loved children's classic"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"This is an intelligent, moving and insightful nature drama that far exceeds its 'for kids' tag."
‑ , Film4
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