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 By deciding to direct and star in the film from the book, Redford helped make it the most successful unpublished novel in history: it earned $8.15 million while still being written.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
From the Inside Flap
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.