Black Beauty

Black Beauty

James Hill (1971)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This adaptation of Anna Sewell's classic children's story doesn't really hit the mark, despite starring the winsome Mark Lester. Director James Hill obviously knows how to work with animals, having made both Born Free and The Belstone Fox, and screenwriter Wolf Mankowitz also had a hand in many notable British films from the late 1950s onwards. But their combined talents couldn't save this muddled and undistinguished Euro-pudding, produced at German and Spanish studios with a pan-European cast, but made in English. Read the book instead or check out Caroline Thompson's enjoyable 1994 adaptation starring Sean Bean.


A bold horse becomes separated from its caring young master by cruel circumstance, and ends up suffering at the hands of its new owners while the boy tries to find him. Children's adventure, based on the novel by Anna Sewell, starring Mark Lester, Walter Slezak, Patrick Mower and John Nettleton.

Cast & Crew

Joe Mark Lester
Hackenschmidt Walter Slezak
Sam Greene Patrick Mower
Sir William John Nettleton
Gervaise Peter Lee Lawrence
Anne Maria Rohm
Evans Eddie Golden
Roger Clive Geraghty
Muldoon Johnny Hoey
Director James Hill
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Children's Drama