As he dismounts, the bell rings and the horses take off. For a time, the two keep their distance. When Alec regains his balance, the Black is well on his way to catch up with his opponents. Alec does not see the wound until he is in the gate. It is something of a male counterpart to the Elizabeth Taylor classic National Velvet.
Alec himself is swept overboard by a gigantic wave.
The Black eventually wins by two lengths. The race is the most anticipated horse-racing event of the year. As Alec suddenly faces a cobra eye to eye, the Black comes to the rescue and kills the snake, only to run off again. The Black Stallion was such a hit it cost 2.
Alec befriends Black as the sun sets dramatically, spreading color over the ocean, placing the boy and horse in silhouette. Gone are the hammy mannerisms from his old MGM days.
The next 35 minutes or so are completely without talking, as the boy learns to survive on the island and make friends with the beautiful, regal stallion. It turned out to be a good decision as the direction is exceptional and the cinematography exquisite. The Black surprises Henry with his speed.
He paints a striking landscape with vivid colors and contrasts. Alec desperately tries to stay on his horse and trying to stop him. The Black Stallion, taken from the novel by Walter Farley, is a horse story for boys. Alec wakes on the shore of a deserted island and starts to explore.
A young boy is traveling with his father played by Hoyt Axton that you may recognize as the father from Gremlins or from his dozens of television appearances.
Many times I wished it would just move along a little quicker. Also onboard is a wild black Arabian Stallion. Unfortunately neither Mickey Rooney nor the box-office magic of this original movie returned with it.
The most famous scene in the movie is when the boy finally rides the horse at a gallop through the surf. They wind up at a farm owned by ex-jockey Mickey Rooney and the last hour is about the boy training with his horse, now called The Black, to race at Belmont.
With his knife, Alec manages to free the stallion once again and the stallion runs away. The still wild stallion is disturbed by the morning garbage pickup and runs amuck through the small town with the boy chasing after him.
The hungry stallion finds himself unable to resist, but visibly struggles with his distrust for humans. Alec chases after him through every part of town, but loses track of him.
The horse later repays the favor by saving the boy from a cobra. He also manages to keep the story clipping along while keeping it poetic at the same time. To his credit he handles the drama as well as he handles the equestrian side of things.The Black Stallion is a American adventure film based on the classic children's novel The Black Stallion by Walter Farley.
But the film starts infive years after the book was published. It tells the story of Alec Ramsey, who is shipwrecked on a deserted island with a wild Arabian stallion whom he befriends. After being rescued, they are set. Yes, The Black Stallion is my favorite movie.
At first it was the "horsey" thing. I watched it as my kiss goodnight every night when I went to bed. Growing up I wanted an Arabian stallion just like Cass-Ole, I wanted to ride bareback down a deserted beach on a deserted island in the Mediterannean Sea, I wanted my horse to live in my backyard.
Review. This remarkable adaptation of Walter Farley’s classic children’s novel by Carroll Ballard (Fly Away Home)—in which an American boy is rescued after a shipwreck off the coast of North Africa by a seemingly untamable wild horse—is a cinematic tour de force/5(36).
First-time director Carroll Ballard captures the mysterious relationship between humans and animals, treating the stallion with the same intelligence and respect as the rest of his cast; he also draws fine, understated performances from Kelly Reno and Mickey Rooney, and Caleb Deschanel's photography makes this a feast for the eyes.9/ Carroll Ballard Celebrity Profile - Check out the latest Carroll Ballard photo gallery, biography, pics, pictures, interviews, news, forums and blogs at Rotten Tomatoes!
One of the most visually stunning family films ever made, Carroll Ballard's The Black Stallion is a fantastic tale about the liberation of a wild Arabian horse who saves Alec, a shipwrecked boy, and becomes his best friend. The film's first half-hour is daring, with no dialogue and breathtaking underwater photography of the horse and the boy.Download