Black Beauty

  • U
  • Caroline Thompson (1994)
  • UK / US
  • 84 min
Black Beauty
Film Review
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3 out of 5

This glossy reworking of Anna Sewell's much-filmed classic marked the directorial debut of Caroline Thompson, a writer whose successes include Edward Scissorhands and The Addams Family. She's no stranger to animals, either, having co-scripted Homeward Bound, Disney's remake of The Incredible Journey, and that experience is utilised to good effect here - the horses look superb and Beauty even sounds convincing thanks to Alan Cumming's clever voiceover. The largely British cast does its bit, too, with Sean Bean and David Thewlis revealing previously unsuspected soft centres. But the acting honours go to Peter Cook and Eleanor Bron as Lord and Lady Wexmire.

Plot Summary

Family drama based on the novel by Anna Sewell, starring Sean Bean and David Thewlis. After being retired to pasture in the English countryside, the horse Black Beauty looks back on an eventful life with many owners, some kind but others cruel.

Cast and crew


Farmer Grey
Sean Bean
Jerry Barker
David Thewlis
John Manly
Jim Carter
Squire Gordon
Peter Davison
Reuben Smith
Alun Armstrong
Mr York
John McEnery
Lady Wexmire
Eleanor Bron
Lord Wexmire
Peter Cook
Joe Green
Andrew Knott
Black Beauty
Alan Cumming


Caroline Thompson

Other Information

Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate U