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Horse Whisperer [VHS] (1998)

Robert Redford , Kristin Scott Thomas , Robert Redford  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest, Scarlett Johansson
  • Directors: Robert Redford
  • Writers: Eric Roth, Nick Evans, Richard LaGravenese
  • Producers: Joseph P. Reidy, Karen Tenkhoff, Lauren Lloyd, Patrick Markey
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • VHS Release Date: June 1, 1999
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (403 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305126062
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,429 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

For director Robert Redford the trick was directing himself. The Oscar-winning director (Ordinary People, Quiz Show) says that he is one kind of actor (in the moment) and a different kind of director (more controlling). Whatever the problems, Redford has worked it out beautifully in this leisurely paced adaptation of Nicholas Evans's bestseller. When the prized horse of New York magazine editor's (Kristen Scott Thomas) daughter suffers a horrible accident, she tracks down Tom Booker (Redford), a Montana horse healer who is known for working magic. Soon East Coast brashness meets Old West simplicity as the reluctant Annie takes her even more reluctant daughter (Scarlett Johansson) to Marlboro country. Booker's influence goes beyond the horse through healing the heart of daughter and mother. The 2-hour and 44-minute film is a beautiful travelogue of scene and sky (with a giant assist from Oliver Stone's usual cinematographer, Robert Richardson). Never complicated, the movie's rewards may be hidden in its length and Redford's tendency to introduce us to a way of life instead of focusing on a story. The major deviation from the end of Evans's novel is a welcomed change. --Doug Thomas

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Academy Award(R)-winner Robert Redford (Best Director, 1980, ORDINARY PEOPLE) stars with Adademy Award(R)-nominee Kristin Scott Thomas (Best Actress, 1996, THE ENGLISH PATIENT) in this landmark epic adapated from one of the most acclaimed novels of our time! After a devastating riding accident, a young girl and her beloved horse are both left with serious physical and emotional scars. Determined to help, the girl's desperate mother (Thomas) puts her busy, big-city life on hold and travels west to seek out the "Horse Whisperer." When she meets this rugged, down-to-earth rancher (Redford), she discovers his extraordinary gift with animals also touches the lives of the people around him! Featuring Hollywood favorites Sam Neill (JURASSIC PARK) and Oscar(R)-winner Dianne Wiest (Best Supporting Actress, 1994, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY) in a superb cast -- critics and moviegoers alike were captivated by this powerful motion picture event!

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89 of 94 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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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant visual artistry August 20, 2004
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
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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
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 Perfect Transaction!
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Published 1 day ago by Flyingtoes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my Top Ten Greatest Movies ever made !!!
Published 2 days ago by Chryss Mavrides
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 days ago by Rich724
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorites!
Published 9 days ago by Christine Gwaltney
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great by actor, director, producer Robert Redford
First, what's not to like about Robert Redford? Second, I read the book and liked it very much although it was quite different than the motion picture. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Anita L Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I really enjoyed the movie. I would recommend it, but it is a tear jerker, or it was for me anyway.
Published 15 days ago by Martina Korns
3.0 out of 5 stars Touching story, doesn't exactly follow the book.
If you've read the book, the movie is worth a look. It doesn't follow the book verbatim but it was still a very touching story. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Trisha Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Great family movie!
Such a great family movie! This is one of those timeless movies you can watch again and again! Highly recommend!
Published 24 days ago by Christy
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
This is one of my favorite horse movies and I can watch this movie over and over again. Thanks again
Published 29 days ago by Ana Lauing
5.0 out of 5 stars The Horse Whisperer
Outstanding movie with realism and believable characters. Touching emotional plot that kept your attention to the end. We both enjoyed the movie and the book.
Published 1 month ago by Jack M. Cook
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