Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Director: Caroline Thompson Cast: Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Jim Carter

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The fourth screen adaptation of Anna Sewell's classic novel is, in some ways, the most faithful and accomplished. Screenwriter and director Caroline Thompson recounts the life of Black Beauty, an aging, handsome stallion living in Victorian England. The film is narrated by Alan Cumming as the voice of Black Beauty, who spends a happy childhood on a rambling country estate before being ravaged by illness and surviving a horrible stable fire. However, the worst is yet to come as Black Beauty's new owners subject him to life as a horse for rent and, later, as a taxi puller in working-class London, before he can retire in peace. The original novel was written to draw attention to the cruel treatment of animals in 1877 England, and the issue's continued relevance today adds poignancy and gravity to this affecting tale. The film is episodic, as was the book, and the topic is handled with sensitivity and care.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2005
UPC: 0012569682177
Original Release: 1994
Rating: G
Source: Warner Home Video
Time: 1:28:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Bean Farmer Grey
David Thewlis Jerry Barker
Jim Carter John Manly
Peter Davison Squire Gordon
Alun Armstrong Reuben Smith
John McEnery Mr. York
Eleanor Bron Lady Wexmire
Peter Cook Lord Wexmire
Andrew Knott Joe Green
Alan Cumming Black Beauty
Mary Selway Actor
Adrian Ross-Magenty Lord George
Anthony Walters Alfred Gordon
Rosalind Ayres Mistress Gordon
Bill Stewart Coachman
Angus Barnett Ned Burnham
David Ryall Carriagemaker
Robert Demeger Horse Marker Buyer
Matthew Scurfield Horse Dealer
Conrad Asquith Guv'nor Crenshaw
Dick Brannick Cabbie
Graham Valentine Cabbie
Peter Penry-Jones Wild-looking Young Man
John Quarmby Butler
Bronco McLoughlin Granary Cart Driver
Niall O'Brien Farmer Thoroughgood
Lyndon Davies Head Groom

Technical Credits
Caroline Thompson Director,Screenwriter
Jenny Beavan Costumes/Costume Designer
John Box Production Designer
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Danny Elfman Score Composer
David Feig Cinematographer
Eddie Fowlie Set Decoration/Design
Magdelen Gaffney Makeup
Simon Kaye Musical Direction/Supervision
Peter Macgregor-Scott Producer
Rex Peterson Consultant/advisor
Kevin Phipps Art Director
Dick Pope Cinematographer
Mary Selway Casting
Robert Shapiro Producer
Claire Simpson Editor
Tony Spratling Cinematographer
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
Leslie Tomkins Art Director
Joss Williams Special Effects

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Black Beauty 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Merlin4 More than 1 year ago
The story of a stallion with a unique mark on his forlock, captures my heart and holds it. This is not only a movie, but a live story as he tells a difficult life for horses of that time, a time which he was part of. The love of this story runs through one's veins and into thy heart as if you feel his pain. I am honored to share this review with you for I hope it will warm you heart as it did with me.
HorseCrazyGirl23 More than 1 year ago
Love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was sooo good; it has to be one of my favorite horse movies of all time.I love how detailed all the scenes are, especially the ones with Beauty and Ginger in the pasture together. My favorite scene has to be the one at the end where Joe and Beauty are reunited. I was almost brought to tears at that scene, it was so beautiful. This is an awesome movie for all horse lovers world wide.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a terrific movie that will keep you on youre toes throught the whole thing.perfect for all even managed to keep my 12 year old son entertained ( which is me)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has proven to be my favorie movie of all time, I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most poignant movies I have seen in a long time. Great entertainment for all ages! Fantastic storytelling done in a way that is true to the original book, yet sensitive to the nature of the subject matter. An absolute treasure!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this movie was amazing, and is definently for the kind hearted people how love horses and animals together. loved the movie. i also love the music. but the movie was and still is incredible!!! more than just 5 stars!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the story is based on the novel by anna sewell.1 black thuroughbred,1 gorgouse chesnut mare,and a cute little pony! the story is mostly about how they meet and their friendship, but also about what happens to them on their journey.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie, based on the classic novel written by Anna Sewell in 1977, is a family classic, that is welcomed into hearts of gold. This movie fits the book so well and it has wonderful splender of emotions that are created so precisely that you cannot tell that the book was ever transfered onto the screen! This movie is one of the best movies I have ever seen and definitely deserves a place on everyone's movie rack! You will cry, laugh, and yell for joy as this movie brings out the true splendor of England in the early 1900's, and it shall bring Black Beauty into the freedom of wide open plains. The movie is AWESOME and buyers should buy this movie!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every body has seen or read Black Beauty once. It is a movie about a horse who goes through misstreatment buy his owners. Black Beauty had gone through pulling buggies, being ridden for entertainment, and used for rent. This was a really good movie and I reccomend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have seen that Black Beauty Warner home video and I think it is a cool one. I didnt like the part where Black Beauty fell down when he couldnt pull the heavy load. I think Quarter Horses can be black. This is A great movie!