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Buck (2011)

Buck Brannaman , Cindy Meehl  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (599 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Buck Brannaman
  • Directors: Cindy Meehl
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (599 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005E7SEMU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,220 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

BUCK, a richly textured and visually stunning film, follows Buck Brannaman from his abusive childhood to his phenomenally successful approach to horses. A real-life horse-whisperer , he eschews the violence of his upbringing and teaches people to communicate with their horses through leadership and sensitivity, not punishment. Buck possesses near magical abilities as he dramatically transforms horses - and people - with his understanding, compassion and respect.

A truly American story about an unsung hero and one of the most successful documentaries of the year, BUCK is about an ordinary man who has made an extraordinary life despite tremendous odds.

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153 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie September 3, 2011
Format:DVD
Neither my wife nor I had heard of the movie Buck. We went to see it because it was close to our motel in downtown Grand Junction, CO. It was spellbinding. Both my wife and I truly enjoyed the movie. It was an unexpected treat. Though it may seem to be about horse training it is really about life though Buck's life in particular. It will appeal to a far wider audience. I hope this movie goes in wide distribution because I think this movie would be enjoyed by many more than might see it in the limited distribution theater network. This would be a good parenting movie. I plan on buying the DVDs for my kids who are in their 30s, and maybe a few friends. See this movie.
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113 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The horse is your mirror August 26, 2011
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Format:DVD
I have known Buck for over twenty years and had horses in my life for over 40 years. I work with horses and use them to help humans who have survived trauma, who have physical challenges, or those who simply want to learn to be around a powerful, gentle, sensitive creature. Horses are the mirror for the human condition. If you are unbalanced they will not choose to approach you. If you have good, calm, welcoming energy they will be drawn to that. If you are angry - forget it, they will have nothing to do with you. I am delighted with the accurate portrayal of Buck. Kudos to Cindy Meehl and crew on a documentary well done!
If you are not a horse person, you will gain insight into how people can overcome. That old adage that, 'abusers grow up to become abusers' is simply not true. I have several friends that are in the mental health field and they love the film.

If you are a horse person you may find a new path to getting more done with your horse by doing LESS sooner.... ah, that old gem: prepare for the transition and the transition will take care of itself...
Buck is holding the bar high and hoping we can all aspire to finding softness and harmony; in ourselves, with our horses, and in life.

This film is a treasure, we have been invited into the lives of some very special people. Watch it, look in your "mirror" assess what is reflected there, change where you need to then go share. Pay it forward and the world will be a better place.

FYI - I've seen this twice now with friends and would go again if asked while it's still up on the "big screen" every time I watch it I get something new.

Enjoy & happy trails
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for horse people (only) August 17, 2011
Format:DVD
You walk away with a better understanding of people, and hopefully more respect and understanding for living things than before you saw this film. And that is worth a lot.

So, don't think it's just all cowboys and horses, it isn't really that at all, only on the surface.
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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buck, the Buck Brannaman Documentary July 10, 2011
Buck Brannaman is the "real enchilada", a man for whom it would seem the term, "cowboy" was coined. Enduring beatings from their abusive tyrannical father, Buck and his brother were professional trick ropers by the time Buck was 4 1/2. After their mother's death, authorities finally removed the boys from their dark home life. Through the love of his foster parents, Buck managed to leave his haunted past behind, though not without heavy scarring, on his soul as well as his body.

As one of the interviewees pointed out during the movie, perhaps "tortured souls", such as she calls Buck, have a special sensitivity to the horses they help that the average trainer lacks. Whatever it is, Buck's feel for the horse has enabled him to help thousands of horses with their "people problems", as he is wont to call them. "Buck" follows Brannaman as he takes to the road for nine months of each year, giving 2-day clinics all over the country. There is even footage of his daughter, Riata and her girlfriend, as they accompany him for part of the time, as well as Mary Brannaman, Buck's wife of many years.

Fans of Buck Brannaman will slurp this movie up like a kid eating ice cream on a hot day. But its appeal is far broader than just for those who love horses. Scenery is excellent, the music is catchy, and there are scenes of working cattle, Californios roping with Buck and Riata, and what most fans probably are looking for, Buck doing his thing with horses with issues. More than this, though, is the weaving of Buck's past through the film, along with footage of some of the Western horse world's greats, such as Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt, mentors of Brannaman.

As if all this weren't enough, "Buck" shows how oftentimes clinics are about more than getting a handle on your horse.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A formula for living life September 6, 2011
Format:DVD
I've been going to Buck clinics for about 13 years now, and his wise words, matter of fact attitude and superb understanding of horses have repaired a huge hole in my life. I knew he was making this movie, and was so excited about it. I was not disappointed. The movie captures exactly who Buck is. So many can relate to his violent childhood to some extent, and you know he perceives this in people with similar backgrounds. While he understands where they are coming from, he doesn't let them have excuses for bad behavior, and that gives such a fantastic tool for relating to horses. The movie brings this all out - the terrible fear a small child lived with in the face of a cruel parent, and the whole, mature adult man who had the courage to face his demons and rise above them. Horses go through the same thing - I can see my sensitive little mare gathering courage and stepping out into a scary situation. This movie shows how Buck understands this in a horse. Horses can also be bratty and resistant, and it shows Buck dealing with that behavior in ways a horse can understand -- without hurting them or losing his temper. Somehow, this man received a profound gift of understanding horses, was able to transfer this understanding to people and all other creatures, and have the generosity to use it to help the world. Making this movie and exposing his private life to the public is just another example of this generosity of spirit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must watch
This is the best movie anyone can watch. It will touch your soul. It will teach all of us to slow down and listen.
Published 5 days ago by M. Shelton
5.0 out of 5 stars Buck is the best.
Body, Mind and Soul. BUCK, IFC Films’ exceptional new documentary, will move you in more ways than you can even dream. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jon Wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome piece
This movie has a lot to do more with life then just training horses,Buck is amazing as a horseman and a human being
Published 10 days ago by thunderbucky
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and wonderful!
Inspiring tale by a man who was an abused child. A must for all horse lovers. My friend who has never ridden a horse recommended it and I was thankful as I really enjoyed it.
Published 12 days ago by Marianne M. Milloy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Having seen the movie when it was first released, it was great to see it again and recapture the experience. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Marwood Hallett
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
amazingly brilliant for anyone including horse lovers
this man has such compassion and an aura of peace around him
i loved it
Published 12 days ago by barb bee
3.0 out of 5 stars BUCK
I expected a little more in depth analysis of the actual program used in the gentling and coordination with the prospects. Read more
Published 13 days ago by dines-pones
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film and it's Message
This was so informative for me and my horses. The like of Buck and the message he has to tell works in Life as well as horse training. Read more
Published 14 days ago by K. Gonzalez
3.0 out of 5 stars service was great
i thought it was going to be a movie but it is more like a bio it was ok but i sold it at a charity flea market not long after i watched it
Published 17 days ago by tami
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning achievement
Every parent - every teacher - should see this film. It will effect you profoundly. Debunks so much about what we think about the meaning of discipline.
Published 20 days ago by Douglass W List
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