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The Silver Stallion (1995)

Caroline Goodall , Russell Crowe , John Tatoulis  |  G |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Caroline Goodall, Russell Crowe, Amiel Daemion, Johnny Raaen, Buddy Tyson
  • Directors: John Tatoulis
  • Writers: John Tatoulis, Elyne Mitchell, Jon Stephens
  • Producers: John Tatoulis, Brian Burgess, Colin South, Judy Malmgren
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001FVDGO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,322 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Silver Stallion" on IMDb

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In the mountainous high country above the Australian bush, wild horses run free: Australians call them wild "brumbies." Author Elyne Mitchell's book, "The Silver Brumby", on which this movie is based, is about a magnificent silver stallion, Thowra. The story opens on a dark and stormy night in the high country. Elyne (Caroline Goodall), spins a tale to comfort her daughter, Indi (Ami Daemion). The beautiful mare, Bell-Bell, gives birth to Thowra, an exceptional cream-colored foal, with a mane and tail that gleam silver in the moonlight. We see Thowra grow up through several seasons. Winter has its hardships; the herds of horses find survival difficult in the snow-packed mountains. But summer may be even more dangerous, for that's when men return to the high country to try to catch the brumbies and cruelly break them of their wildness. For one man (called simply "The Man" in Elyne's story), capturing Thowra, now king of all the brumbies, becomes an obsession. The Man is played by Russell Crowe, whose usual fine acting is enhanced here by impressive horsemanship. The struggle between Thowra and The Man takes on mythic proportions, building to a haunting climax. Gorgeous footage of wild horses running and rearing in the mountains make this the perfect movie for horse-lovers of all ages. We come to care deeply about the fate of these splendid creatures, whose wisdom and passion are rivaled only by their beauty. "--Laura Mirsky"

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking cinematography and beautiful horses. February 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I read the book many years ago in 6th grade and it is still one of my all-time favorites. Unfortunately, it is out of print and very hard to find, even in Australia. This movie follows the main story line of the book, but from a more human viewpoint. It chronicles the writing of the book with scenes of the author, Elyne Mitchell, and her daughter interspersed with the scenes of the story and the horses it chronicles. I would have preferred to have more of the horse story and less of the human one (hence the 4 star rating.) If you liked "The Man from Snowy River", also based on the book by Elyne Mitchell, or just like to watch gorgeous horses running through beautiful scenery, you'll love this one.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More likely to appeal to children than adults. September 8, 2006
By Monika
Format:DVD
Based on the book "The Silver Brumby" by Elyne Mitchell, "The Silver Stallion" opens during a storm, with a mother composing a story to comfort her daughter, Indi. She tells of the birth of Thowra, a palomino brumby in the high country of Australia's outback, named after the wind. As Thowra grows into a magnificent young stallion, he catches the attention of local ranchers, intent on capturing the beautifully-colored horse. One man in particular (played by a young Russell Crowe), becomes obsessed with the hunt. But the more intent he is on catching the stallion, the more maddeningly cunning and elusive Thowra becomes.

The film switches back and forth between the story of Indi and her mother, and the tale of Thowra himself, with Indi's mother narrating. Eventually we find that the two stories are more interconnected than they seem at first. Unfortunately, neither story has a very strong plotline. Crowe's character's pursuit of Thowra can be boiled down to a series of chase scenes, punctuated by rivalry between stallions of neighboring brumby herds, while the action between Indi and her mother consists of the girl continuously pestering her mother to divulge the next chapter, with a seemingly unrelated side-story about an injured wallaby thrown in for good measure.

As other reviewers have pointed out, this is not "The Man From Snowy River." The horses are anthropomorphized a bit too much for my tastes, and the acting tends toward cheesiness at times, though not so much as to be unbelievable. The soundtrack - often taking on a chanting quality that grows more intense as each chase scene progresses - is rather melodramatic, occasionally even disturbing by its overbearing nature.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic, but the horses should be on the DVD cover January 4, 2005
Format:DVD
As an Outback author (Caroline Goodall) churns out the pages of her tale about a wild Brumby, her horse-crazy daughter Indi (Ami Daemion) eagerly reads each chapter as it comes off the typewriter. With her mother's voice intoning in the little girl's mind, the dramatic story unfolds: One dark and stormy night, a magnificent golden colt with a silver mane and tail is born and leads a life of great adventure. The narrative switches back and forth between the horse's story, and the people's. Very well done.

Staci Layne Wilson
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorwa Lives On! July 2, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Two words: See it! It's the best movie yet! I've watched it a total of 11 times, and it NEVER get's boring. With the breath taking scence, and horses this is a MUST movie. You look through the eyes of a horse. ( Which I must say is very wonderful touch to this movie ) It's ending leaves you in question and a smile or a tear or two. But it also leaves you wanting to see it again and AGAIN!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL!!!! December 30, 2005
By Whisper
Format:DVD
The silver stallion, Thowra, is breath takingly beautiful, but i don't get why they call him silver when he is a palomino. The countryside is GORGOUS! The acting is ok, but the movie is not really about that, but the horses. All of the scenes are really good except the end scene, and the song that plays with the credits is breath-taking! I loved this movie and it is great for any horse lover or pre-teen! RECOMENDED!!!
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars GOOD - BUT NOT MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER September 2, 2005
Format:DVD
Based on previous reviews, you would have thought this was another MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER: it's not, not by a long shot. I watched SNOWY after wading through this one, and was amazed at how much better it was. It's not that the horses aren't amazing - they are. But the story is weak, the cinematography is undistinguished, and this desperately needs a wide screen. I have to agree with another reviewer that this is a B movie.

On the other hand, Caroline Goodall turns in a wonderful performance as a writer creating a story about a silver stallion that has become a legend in the outback of Australia. She narrates parts of the story almost as if she were telling it around a campfire at night, so that it has a certain eerie quality. Ami Daemion is enjoyable as her daughter, reading her mother's story as she completes it in chunks, and becoming more and more obsessed with the horse. Russell Crowe plays a rancher bent on catching the silver stallion, and in his usual, likeable way is entertaining in this early performance of his career. Unfortunately, he gets little more to do than show off his riding abilities, because the real stars of the movie are the horses.

This film has some excellent horse work, except for the fight sequences between the ruling stallions, which are little more than dances. Nevertheless, as animal actors, they're wonderful. If I had it to do over, I would have given this film three stars instead of two, because it is a sweet story to snuggle up with the family on a weekend afternoon. I think pre-teen girls and any horse-lover will especially love it.

Waitsel Smith
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent family story of horses in Austrailia
Published 5 days ago by Wilma K. Mussen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I liked this movie.
Published 9 days ago by Paula J. Valadez
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
bored me
Published 1 month ago by tami
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest horse movie
I just loved the movie and I had to have this in DVD. This was just a great movie and thanks for the great service
Published 6 months ago by Lorie Jenks
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating
I love this movie.. I recommend it to anyone who loves horses. It's great.
It came on time and was in very good condition as it said it was. I am very happy with it.
Published 7 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Great review
This came along in the mail at the same time as the others. Well wrapped and showed up exactly as described before purchase. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Robin Fowler
3.0 out of 5 stars okay movie
I bought this from a review saying if you saw the man from snowy river, then you will like this too. I did like the movie but it was nothing like the man from snowy river.
Published 14 months ago by tjmahan
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite childhood movie
This movie is perfect for all ages. Definitely a movie for horse lovers. Russell Crowe's acting is superb and Caroline Goodall really makes it come to life with her narration... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nour Elroba
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story; needed better cinematography and music
This is a compelling story of a young girl and her mother, and the mother's story about a wild horse called Thowra that lives in the mountains of Australia. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Viva
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!! :)
This has been and always will be one of my favorite movies ! i wish it came in blu ray, but i its still a great buy!! :)
Published 20 months ago by nelly123
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