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The Horse Whisperer: An Illustrated Companion to the Major Motion Picture Paperback – May 11, 1998

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Just as Robert Redford is not a typical movie star, Gretel Ehrlich is not some run-of-the-mill hack hired to bat out a "making-of" book for a movie. Ehrlich is a prizewinning writer with grants from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation, and she knows her way around the wide-open spaces of The Horse Whisperer, Nicholas Evans's adventure-romance about a maimed girl, her wounded horse, her horrible New York fast-track mother, and the mystical horseman who helps everybody heal and attain higher consciousness. By deciding to direct and star in the film from the book, Redford helped make it the most successful unpublished novel in history: it earned $8.15 million while still being written. He did not stint in hiring a writer to do this movie tie-in book. Ehrlich, who spent 17 years working on sheep and cattle ranches, poured into this assignment some of the authentic western flavor of her nonfiction books The Solace of Open Spaces and A Match to the Heart: One Woman's Story of Being Struck by Lightning. Here, Ehrlich puts Redford's horseman character in his proper context. All this and 141 color photographs, too! --Tim Appelo

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The grandeur of the American West. The breathtaking beauty of one of the earth's magnificent creatures. The emotional intensity of a man, woman, and child caught up in a spellbinding human drama. The Horse Whisperer has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions with its nearly magical blending of landscape, horses, and people. Now this photo-filled companion lets you experience the magic of the incredible movie-making event that is The Horse Whisperer.

Inside you'll find exclusive information about Robert Redford's discovery of the novel and his determination to make it into a film...a breathtaking photographic history of the American West...the challenges of training the film's courageous horses...plus personal insight from the film's major stars, fascinating information on costume, production design, and over 100 lush photographs make this extraordinary book a keepsake volume to treasure-and a riveting behind-the-scenes look at the movie, the phenomenon, the legend.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (May 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440508401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440508403
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,590,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Was a little disappointed. Typos in book and reprint of most photos are poor quality. Many of Redford have had so much touch-up done, he is barely recognizable. I thought there should have been more about shooting the film and interesting problems they encountered. Fortunately they don't charge too much for it, so it's ok. Seems like it was put togerther quickly and that shows. But interesting nonetheless.
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Mr. Redford has adapted the plot of the novel into an entertaining and meaningful film. The essentials of the story -- serious tragedy, tenuous hope, realistic recovery, and responsible love -- play against a beautiful landscape, a delicate soundtrack, and an overall philosophy of simple heroism and intelligence. When you join an audience in a packed movie theatre for over 2 1/2 hours and hear absolute silence from everyone (including the children), you tend to get the impression that this is an involving, engaging, and splendid film. When the audience leaves the theatre commenting such things as "excellent" or "incredible" or "wonderful", you have to agree.
After having an opportunity to see the film, this companion book serves as an excellent memento. It expounds on the ideas and philosophies of the film. Further, its pages are crowded with high quality photos of the production, the movie, and the dramatic natural landscape. Gretel Erlich has written a charming and spritely text, easy to read from about age 14 upwards. This is not a book that describes the mechanics of making this film but one that presents the ideas behind the plot, both of the book and the screenplay, and the interrelationships between horse and human. As a learning experience, it describes the history of ranching and the evolution of the horse. Probably the only lack is that the author hasn't referred us to sources for additional reading. And there is the occasional obscure word more appropriate to academic publications than popular, particularly if one is aiming towards a young audience.
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By A Customer on October 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
The book speaks for itself. there again "Robert Redford" conquers one more thing. He's awesome !
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I haven't read the book "The Horse Whisperer",but I'm sure it's a wonderfully romantic book. I would like to read the book, but can a person rent it at a local Library? I saw the movie and thought that was an excellent show. I've heard that the novel is even better because it goes into more detail about each character and that the mom has an affair with expert horseman, and has an off spring from that relationship. After all is said and done she goes back to her husband. I also heard that the ending was very sad. I suppose in real life that's probably how it really is. As soon as I can I'm going to read "that book to find out for sure" Robert Redford is such an awesome actor with still a wonderful smile to melt ones heart, if your a girl of course! I think the show "The Horse Whisperer" was great. Mr Redford is such a creative person with a different view. Keep up the excellent entertainment Mr. Robert Redford!I'll be looking out for your next movie!
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By A Customer on September 2, 1998
Format: Paperback
The book is well written, easy reading, and most of all enjoyable as a novel about four relationships that go through trials, pain, love, and emotional challenges that we as normal people have possibly experienced in our own lives. I guess this is what touched me the most about the book of which I read after seeing the wonderful movie first. The reading only made the story better, for one, the book itself caries your imagination further into the emotional depths of the characters of Annie, her daughter, Robert, Tom Booker, and the horse. Much Deeper. Once you begin to read this novel you will not want to put it down. The best book I have read in many years. Go for it, the book will bring out your own feelings, emotions, and caring for whatever or whoever your love lies with.
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Format: Paperback
On first perusal, I was very impressed with the clear format, great photos and most of the content.
However, a point, Sam Neil is a New Zealand actor, like Jane Campion, not Australian. The authors may not have been aware there is more than one inhabited nation south of the equator.
If that is the one, if glaring, inaccuracy in the entire work, then, the authors have done a superb job.
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I have not read a story like that in years. I have to say it will probably be one of my all time favorites. I know that my friends and I are going to see the movie the day it comes out- May 15th. Who better to play the lead than Robert Redford himself. I really loved it.
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