The Rocking Horse Winner
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D.H. Lawrence's tragic fable The Rocking Horse Winner is faithfully transferred to the screen in this 1950 gem. John Howard Davies, the young star of Oliver Twist (and the future chief film editor at the BBC) plays sensitive lad Paul Grahame, whose selfish, grasping mother (Valerie Hobson) warps his values. When his mom once more whines over her lack of wealth, the boy retreats to his new Christmas present, a hobby horse. Having been taught to ride like a real jockey by kindly handyman Bassett (John Mills), Paul furiously bobs up and down on his horse, hoping to drive his mother's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"Odd, disturbing version of the Lawrence short story doesn't compromise its source."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"DVD is a treatise on the famed D.H. Lawrence short story."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Pelissier's bold expressionistic cinematography during the [rocking horse] sequences taps into the nightmare logic of a child's dreams, spinning into delirium."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, ToxicUniverse.com
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