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Lightning, The White Stallion (1986)

Mickey Rooney , Susan George , William A. Levey  |  PG |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mickey Rooney, Susan George, Isabel García Lorca, Billy Wesley, Martin Charles Warner
  • Directors: William A. Levey
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001AW12Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lightning, The White Stallion" on IMDb

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Capturing the edge-of-your-seat suspense of any real horserace, Lightning, the White Stallion will make your pulse gallop and your heart soar! When a stolen white stallion escapes his captors, young Stephanie Ward (Isabel Lorca) gives him a new home and a new name: Lightning. As she grooms the horse for show-jumping competition, the pair forms an unbreakable bond. But when Stephanie finds herself in need of an expensive operation, and Lightning's original owner (Rooney) tracks him down, Stephanie sets all of her hopes on first prize at the Nationalsand on the horse who's become her best friend!

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the worst horse movie ever made! July 28, 2004
By Monika
Format:VHS Tape
Hoo boy, where to start? I hadn't seen this movie since I was a kid, and I remembered liking it, so when I saw the bad reviews here, I was a bit surprised. Then I decided to dig it out after all these years and watch it again. It's every bit as bad as the others here have said!

The plot is ridiculous. A groom runs off with an expensive stallion belonging to a heavily indebted millionaire (Mickey Rooney), then crashes while driving drunk. A school-bus driver stops, unloads all the kids, has them haul the inebriated man into the bus, and drops him off at the hospital on the way to school, leaving one of the students, Stephanie Ward (Susan George) behind to look after him! The thief proceeds to provide Stephanie, a complete stranger, with his and the horse's real names, gives her 15% ownership, and allows her to compete with the stolen stallion (originally Cloverdale III, renamed "Lightning" by Steph). Steph alternates between professing love for the horse and talking about how she can sell him for a lot of money if he becomes a champion, because she needs the funds for an eye operation, else she'll be blind within a year.

Even severe suspension of disbelief won't get you through this movie. Despite the stolen animal supposedly being worth a fortune, the police are never involved. Instead, two teenagers (Steph and her boyfriend) hunt down the criminals themselves. Stephanie somehow wins the national horse show, defeating an adult 5-time national champion, with only two previous shows as the sum total of her lifetime showing experience. The hospital sends her medical reports (diagnosis: "an eye disease") to her riding instructor before Stephanie herself receives any word. It just goes on and on...

The acting is abominable.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Horrible! May 15, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Wow, this movie was so bad I really don't even know where to start! I got the white stallion because the cover stated,"Classic family entertainment in the tradition of The Black Stallion." That is far from the truth! This movie is about as far from the Black Stallion as you can get! In previous reviews, people stated that the movie was so bad it was funny. That is true, my favorite is the fact that a sixtyish Mickey Rooney is in love with a twenty year old woman! It's hysterical! The plot is a joke, and really not worth mentioning, and the acting is terrible! The main character, goes to the doctor, and he tells her she has, "an eye disease." that's it, that is the prognosis, and she may go blind from it! All in all, the movie is not worth watching, the horse really doesn't have a major role in this movie. He doesn't have a stong bond with the girl, and the only reason she likes him is because he is worth a lot of money, and she can sell him to cure her, "eye disease". Don't even bother with this one people, go watch something worth it. I would suggest The Black Stallion, The Horse Whisperer, Phar Lap, and National Velvet. Now those are wonderful horse movies!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unexpected Comedic Hit October 18, 2004
This is possibly the worst movie ever made in the best possible way. The plot is ludicrus, the acting atrocious and it looks like it was edited by a blind person. Due to all of this, the producers have managed to create a comedic gem.
Mickey Rooney must have been in dire straights to agree to be in this movie. The plot doesn't make sense whatsoever. I mean, this girl goes from competing at a local horse show, to the State Championship to the National Horse Show in the span of a month or so all while going blind. Also, I'm still not sure why her boyfriend liked her. Plus she is one of the worst riding actors I have seen onscreen and yet she's praised to the sky as being some sort of prodigy. Weird.
The best part of this movie is truly the editing. People are switching places from angle to angle, clothing changes colour and they have obvious horse and people switches. Not to mention that there are about 12 different "Lightnings" in this movie and all are noticably different. It's like they didn't even try.
This movie is worth watching if you're in for a laugh. Do not go into it expecting another Black Stallion. Go into it expecting a movie that looks like it ran out of money before they hit the editing room.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So bad, it's good! January 5, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This film isn't supposed to be a comedy, but anyone who is familiar with horses or the world of horse shows will find it hilarious. The title character is played by several horses that don't even look alike (it's especially fun to watch his tail change length from scene to scene). I also enjoyed the show ring scenes where the ring announcer gives a running commentary on the rider's performance and life history. The setting is someplace like Iowa or Nebraska and the lead actress has a french accent. I must have missed the part where this was explained, but it certainly adds something to the overall hokiness of the film. Poor Mickey Rooney. I'll bet he has nightmares about this one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic comedy!! January 19, 2003
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My daughter and I nearly choked with laughter watching it last night. The dialogue cannot be described and as others have mentioned the changes in the horses are well worth the rental fee. Watching a horse with 2 white rear stockings take off and land with just one front white stocking is amusing to say the least. One horse enters with a star, develops a blaze and then leaves with nothing. It's fabulous! I wish MST3000 would run this despite the lack of aliens. Poor Mickey Rooney - what was he thinking? Didn't he read the script before he signed on?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent movie.
Published 1 month ago by Peter E. Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
I just recently bought this movie, but I use to watch it all the time when I was a kid since my parents had a recording of it. I enjoyed it then and I still enjoy it now. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Kristina's World of Books
5.0 out of 5 stars I had this on VHS
But I had to have it on DVD so i could watch it again. I loved the movie and it worked great. Thanks for the great service
Published 8 months ago by Lorie Jenks
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh boy...
This is one of those movies that I was obsessed with as a kid, but after re-watching as an adult I realize what a disaster it is. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Melody Hollis
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair movie
Not bad, I kept it, Its not one of Mickey's better horse movices as he is not in it much but overall it was put together well and comes across well. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jeff H
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favorite movies.
I first saw this movie on the internet and then I knew I just had to buy it. Now, this is not a good movie in the way of filming, casting and script. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Leslie Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is a great horse movie for just about any age. Mickey Rooney is great in it as is the horse, Lightning. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kandy Kay Scaramuzzo
5.0 out of 5 stars whole new movie when watched as an adult...hillarious
Plot isnt great but still a sweet(sort of) movie....however you must watch it for the hillarious horse shows. Horse takes off with four white legs and lands with no white... Read more
Published on July 16, 2012 by MPK
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This movie was a gift for my horse crazy nieces 10th birthday. Movie came just in time and in prefect condition!
Published on November 12, 2008 by Annette Balza
5.0 out of 5 stars Ok, so I was 6 when I saw it...
So the cinematography isn't great, there's no logic to the ending, the main character's equitation leaves much to be desired, but MAN I loved this movie as a kid! Read more
Published on June 24, 2007 by A. Naeve
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