The Black Stallion
The Black Stallion (1979)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 17, 1979
DVD Release Date: September 10, 1997
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Frank Rich
TIME Magazine

Ballard's sumptuous images exist only to distract from his rather conventional failings of craftsmanship.

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Time Out

A magnificently well-crafted movie.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Special effects, explosions, or CGI: none of these come close to a horse in full flight for pure excitement.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The director, Carroll Ballard, and the cinematographer, Caleb Deschanel, have captured so many lavishly beautiful images that the cumulative effect is one of repetition.

Matt Prigge

It does what the middle section of Terrence Malick's 'The Tree of Life' does too: It makes us kids again in the sense that everything we see feels rich, thrilling and most of all new.

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Michael Booth
Denver Post

Deepens into a far more powerful entertainment through matchless cinematography and talented supporting players.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film represents a studied, sophisticated approach to instinctual emotions: it's carefully, calculatingly naive, and amazingly it works.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The first half of the picture, set on the desert island, is magnificent, lightly invoking the eerie stillness and spiritual ambience of Australian efforts like Walkabout and Picnic at Hanging Rock. The second part is far more conventional.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Lucas Martins
With a terrific visual treat, Carroll Ballard's The Black Stallion, is a interesting film, that show a friendship between men and the wild nature. The… More
Jennifer D
I watched this as a kid, but I honestly do not remember the second half of it. Strange.
Sergio Garcia
I saw this movie yesterday. What a bunch of good memories. I loved the art put on it by Francis Ford Coppola. It's a beautiful movie in every aspect,… More
Leigh Ryan
Great film.
erika bruhns
The black stallion is about a boy and horse that gets stuck on a far away island. When the boy realizes that there will not be any one to help them for a while.… More
Cameron Johnson
"Black stallion and that little boy's smile!" Hey, that's "The African American Horse" to you, whitey! Man, I'm all for… More

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