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Black Beauty

  • Action
  • Family
  • 1971
  • James Hill
  • 101 mins
  • PG

Summary

Children's drama based on the classic novel by Anna Sewell, starring Mark Lester. The horse Black Beauty is looked after with care by Joe Evans, but the two are parted when the Evans farm is taken over by a young squire.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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JoeMark Lester (2)
HackenschmidtWalter Slezak
GervaisePeter Lee Lawrence
MarieUrsula Glas
Sam GreenePatrick Mower
Sir WilliamJohn Nettleton
AnneMaria Rohm
EvansEddie Golden
RogerClive Geraghty
MuldoonJohnny Hoey
AnnaMargaret Lacey

Crew

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DirectorJames Hill

Details

Released on
1971-04-16
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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