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The Horse Whisperer [Blu-ray] (1998)

Robert Redford , Kristin Scott Thomas , Robert Redford , Robert Richardson  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest, Chris Cooper
  • Directors: Robert Redford, Robert Richardson
  • Writers: Eric Roth, Richard LaGravenese
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dubbed, Enhanced, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (380 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007JNR518
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,194 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Celebrate the 15th anniversary of The Horse Whisperer, the inspirational film starring Academy Award winner Robert Redford (best director, 1980, Ordinary People), Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (best actress, 1996, The English Patient), Sam Neill and Scarlett Johansson. After a devastating riding accident, a young girl and her beloved horse are left with serious physical and emotional scars. When her mother calls on the "Horse Whisperer" to help, she meets a rugged rancher who not only has an extraordinary gift with animals, but also an ability to enrich the lives of people around him.

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87 of 91 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heals the heart, strengthens the spirit. May 7, 2000
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Horse Whisperer is not a typical Hollywood movie. But then, none of the films Redford has directed, are in any way typical. The first time I really took notice of his work, was after seeing "A River Runs Through It". He had managed to tell a brutal, sad story in a mystical way that held me spell-bound.

Whisperer takes that feeling one step further. It will hold you and then squeeze your heart till the tears come. This is not a sad film however. It is the story of a spiritual journey that a family makes with the aid of a talented guide, Tom Booker, (played by Redford himself). Each of them takes their own paths but make it through some trying times, emerging stronger than when they began.

The story gets going as a result of a terrible accident involving two young girls who are out riding in icy, lightly forested terrain. The lone survivor, Grace, is traumatised by the loss of her friend, her foot and, in another way, her horse Pilgrim. Not that Pilgrim was killed, despite the wishes of the local veterinarian, but it was not the same, sane horse that it had been.

The normal tensions that existed within the family are magnified by the aftermath of the accident. Grace becomes withdrawn, suffering guilt and shame which show themselves in her bitterness toward her parents, Annie and Robert. At the same time she makes a connection between herself and Pilgrim. The horse's fate seems to be a grim portent of her own future; scarred, maddened and kept in a dark and lonely place.

Annie's desperate search for a treatment for Pilgrim is therefore very understandable. She hopes to build a bridge back to the world for her daughter, by healing Pilgrim. Here enters the almost magical legend of the Horse Whisperers.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant visual artistry August 20, 2004
Format:DVD
Many have already addressed the plot of this film, so I will not not go into detail. However, I feel compelled to touch upon the visual storytelling in this film.

Movies are first and foremost imagery. As many legendary filmmakers have said, a good film can be watched with the sound turned off and still communicate every bit of the story and emotion through the images alone. This includes cinematography but goes light years beyond lighting and framing a scene. Each shot must be planned and designed, from sets to props to location scouting, from blocking the actors' movements to using color and shapes, textures, and spatial relationships. All these must communicate the text and subtext simultaneously.

I said all that to say this: Redford and his team blew me away with "The Horse Whisperer." The first act alone is filled with enough information in every corner of the screen to chew on for days. One example among dozens is the use of symmetry, parallel lines, and perpendicularity in the city scenes - even in the arrangement of books in the background, pens on a desk, or the window blinds in a hospital - to convey the superficially ordered control of Anne's life. This is contrasted with the organic sweeping curves of the farm landscapes where Grace's accident occurs. The confined spaces and straight streets of New York are gradually and gracefully replaced with the curves of the highways as Anne drives west until she reaches the Rockies in all their chaotically ingenious immensity.

And apart from all this, I was also deeply effected emotionally by this movie. Yes, it takes its time telling the story. But such stories in our own lives take time to unfold. And real, subtle moments deserve as much time to play out as they need.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Movie June 3, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The Horse Whisperer is sucha beautiful film it takes your breath away. The film's stunning cinematography, it's awesome acting and great storyline make it a 4 star movie and one of the best of 1998.
Scarlett Johnasson is the star of the show, she plays 14 year old Grace, a horse-lover who has just had a terrible accident with her friend. Her mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) helps her daughter and her horse, Pilgrim by taking her to a 'horse whisperer '(Robert Redford) who can heal horses.
This is a very sad, beautiful and lovely movie and don't be put off by it's mammoth length (2 hours, 48 minutes) - to me it felt like 1 hour rather than 3.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unwind in the Montana mountains May 29, 2002
Format:DVD
This is a unique movie from the millions of others out there. The plot starts with Grace(Scarlett Johansson) and her best friend meeting to go horse back riding and with Grace's mom Annie (Kristin Scott Thomas) working hard in her magazine office. When the girls are riding a tramatic and tragic accident happens causing the death of Grace's best friend and severe injuries to both Grace and her horse Pilgrim. Grace's right leg is severely hurt so they must amputate it. With her daughter becoming more distant from the family and Pilgrim becoming more afraid of humans, Annie is desperate to find relief or an answer somewhere. She reads an article about a horse whisperer named Tom Booker (Robert Redford) who heals horses. Anxious to give it a try, Annie, Grace, and Pilgrim travel from their home in New York to a cattle ranch in Montana and begin Pilgrim's healing process while Grace's father stays behind. What no one expected was the love situation that would come about when Tom and Annie met. Combined with a teriffic plot and the beautiful Montana scenery, this is definitely a movie not to be missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horse Lover's Love this Movie
Plenty of good messages here. I love the character development and this movie helped me see my horses in a whole new way. Read more
Published 7 days ago by K. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars What could be better
Redford and horses are a perfect combination. I love Kirstin Scott Thomas too and their almost love affair leaves me wanting more.
Published 13 days ago by W, Louise Lightfoot
4.0 out of 5 stars Timeless
Redford does a great job as a cowboy! The scenery in this movie is just amazing. A must see for all who like cowboy movies.
Published 15 days ago by WyoOutlaw
5.0 out of 5 stars Horses and Robert Redford
Anything with horses and Robert Redford works for me. This one doesn't disappoint. What I wouldn't give to have that gift. Read more
Published 16 days ago by PJAbel
5.0 out of 5 stars The Horse Whisperer
I just loved this movie. Has a lot of character building for the little girl, who has lost her best friend, her confidence in riding, and feels like she has lost her connection... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Marie E. Fontenot
5.0 out of 5 stars Horse Whisperer
Great movie;keeps to the book pretty close although a different ending does change the mood a bit.Over all a good movie.
Published 23 days ago by michael walke
1.0 out of 5 stars did not work
we were only able to watch 42 minutes of this then kept disconnecting - disappointing for the family - kept restarting and stopping at the same point
Published 24 days ago by M. Fox
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie
I loved it. Every minute was moving. There were no dead spots. You never knew what was going to happen next.
Published 1 month ago by William Browne
3.0 out of 5 stars First a Robert Redford movie, Secondly a horse movie
Have to admit I'm not a Robert Redford fan, and this movie didn't do anything to change that. It took a long 2 hours and 50 minutes for me to confirm that this was a story to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John ODonnell
5.0 out of 5 stars good.
I loved the movie, the scenes were great, the country side, the horses, and the actors .. great.
Robert Redford was so natural. like he does this every day.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by judith roy
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