The Rocking Horse Winner

The Rocking Horse Winner

Anthony Pelissier (1949)

PG Certificate


Our Score
A largely unsung, but truly terrific British feature based on a story from DH Lawrence about a young boy with the gift of picking racetrack winners. The imaginative story leaves plenty of space for director Anthony Pelissier's aptitude for surprise and emotional complexity. He elicits measured, insightful performances from the likes of John Mills and Valerie Hobson, and wrings the last ounce of pathos from an intriguing, thought-provoking tale. A film that has always been a favourite among critics and deserves wider recognition from the public at large.


A boy develops a knack for predicting racing results while riding his toy horse, but his talents are abused by his greedy mother, ultimately leading to tragedy. Drama, starring John Mills, Valerie Hobson and John Howard Davies.

Cast & Crew

Actor John Mills
Actor Valerie Hobson
Actor John Howard Davies
Actor Ronald Squire
Director Anthony Pelissier

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD