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Black Beauty [Widescreen] (1971)

Mark Lester , Walter Slezak , James Hill  |  G |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mark Lester, Walter Slezak, Peter Lee Lawrence, Ursula Glas, Patrick Mower
  • Directors: James Hill
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002JP5CM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,215 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Beauty [Widescreen]" on IMDb

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Based on the timeless novel by Anna Sewell, BLACK BEAUTY follows the lives of a young boy and his horse as they are sadly separated and triumphantly reunited. Along the journey Black Beauty is badly mistreated as he is passed from owner to owner.

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Black Beauty you know and love December 28, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
There have been several versions of Black Beauty produced for the cinema and for television. One of the weakest versions is the 1971 British production, which focuses much more on its parade of human characters than it does the horse. In the book and several of the movie versions, we get to know Beauty. We feel what he feels, and we understand what he is thinking as he passes from owner to owner. Beauty goes from a loving, happy family and life on an English farm with a little boy (Mark Lester) who loves him, to the cruel hands of the local land baron (Patrick Mower). Then he's stolen by Gypsy stereotypes, shipped across the continent, sold to a circus, and gifted to a gentleman who in turn gives the horse to his daughter. The daughter presents Beauty to her lover, who's a soldier headed for India. When the young man is killed in battle, Beauty is shipped back to England, where he goes to work in a coal mine. Instead of the people in the story being the thread woven through the horse's life, in this version it is just the opposite. While a horse called Ginger is mentioned in passing, the colorful equine characters in Beauty's orbit - most notably, Merrylegs - are all excised.

Adding insult to injury, the filmmakers made precious little attempt to match the various horses who portrayed Beauty throughout the years. Different shades, different builds, and even completely different breeds were used interchangeably. To a horse-lover, this is on par with a director casting Jack Nicholson, Jackie Chan, and Jacqueline Bisset in the same role and expecting the audience not to notice. The only constant was the extremely shoddy-looking fake star painted on the horse's forehead.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pictured Version is Incorrect Version September 17, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
I added this movie to my watchlist and was so excited to watch it, but it's not the correct version shown. It's the old and boring version. The version I wanted to see is directed by Caroline Thompson and was released in 1994. Alan Cumming provides the voice of Black Beauty, Sean Bean plays Farmer Grey and Jim Carter from Downton Abbey plays John Manly.

Growing up, one of my favorite movies was Black Beauty. Even now, the music (composed by Danny Elfman) is still one of my favorite movie scores. The soundtrack is impossible to find for some reason, but if you can find it I highly recommend it.

Anyway, the 1994 version is so much better, and the music done by Danny Elfman is, in my opinion, some of his best work. It's a heart-warming story, I highly recommend the Caroline Thompson version over this version.

PS- Amazon, please stop getting people's hopes up with this movie poster! It's the wrong one :-(
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
As a young girl, I was truly struck by this film; the music, the texture of the lighting, and the tall, dark, and handsome leading man leant it an uncannily romantic feel. However, when I tried shared the movie with the little girls I babysit for, the sophisticated narrative and general lack of explosions bored them to distraction. This particular telling of BLACK BEAUTY no longer serves its function as a children's story, but is nonetheless compelling for adults.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This version is not for young children! May 14, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
After hearing so much about Black Beauty, and studying horses with my 5yr old we got this movie at the library. I was sad that I had not previewed it before letting her view it. I was surprised to see the fighting with the men stabbed in the chest. After talking with some friends I have found out there are other versions of Black Beauty that are wonderful and good for children to see.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best! November 14, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is, quite simply, the best film version of Anna Sewell's classic novel about the adventures and misadventures of a beautiful horse when he gets seperated from his original owner. Mark Lester(of OLIVER! fame) stars as the young boy who searches desperately for his beloved horse. A gentel, international retelling of the timeless story, and fairly faithful to its source, this version can hold its own against the later, much praised 1994 filmization.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the book's fans September 15, 2003
A Kid's Review
Format:VHS Tape
It is a fair movie with nice horses, but some of the scenes get kind of weird and it isn't at ALL like the book. The photography is good and the story is heartwarming but it gets very dull and strange. BTW, It was a great movie I thought!!!!!!!!!!!!!, June 30, 2002--is a verry long review somebody should take it off its as bad as the miovie.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This video is terrible!!! January 27, 2004
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This version of Black Beauty is nothing like the book. It is terribly boring, the situations are unbelievable, and none of the characters are sympathetic. For most of the movie, I just kept hoping it would end. Try a different version.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This stinks... :( July 5, 2014
Format:DVD
This stinks... :(

I hate this version of black beauty..... Just stick with and like the new one better - from 1994. The new one is more about the horse, and i think there is TO much talk in this 1971 one! Allthough, it is just not as good as the 1994 version
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!
Published 6 days ago by Kathleen Artinian
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
ok
Published 21 days ago by dog sonic
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy
Enjoyed seeing a childhood favorite.
Published 27 days ago by Betty
1.0 out of 5 stars ... the book very well this movie was a big disappointment.
Since I know the book very well this movie was a big disappointment.
Published 1 month ago by Lee Ellen Hansen
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
not appropriate for kids
Published 2 months ago by Karin M Bystol
5.0 out of 5 stars shows really good
My five year old daughter love this movie. This movie shows really good in hd mode.this was a good rating movie for children
Published 2 months ago by nana
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie
My daughter really loved it
We sat as a family and watched it
It is a classic and I was happy to see it on Amazon Prime
The movie was in great color and we had no... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marlo Schimpf
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Family Movie
Pretty good family movie that was clean and kept us entertained. My kids really enjoyed the movie. Of course, they love animals.
Published 3 months ago by Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie. Very moving. Kept my 3 year olds attention.
I really loved this film, as did my 3 year old son. The movie is a saga actually with lots of action and the story goes on and on.
Published 3 months ago by Krista A Blakely
3.0 out of 5 stars not the one we thought it was
The story line was a little deep for the younger children but was followed by 9-10 year olds. A life story about a horses life duplicating our own story line from birth to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dennis L. Ramge
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