As THE BLACK STALLION begins, a young boy named Alec Ramsey (Kelly Reno) is on a ship with his father. Everything seems mysterious to him: the exotic passengers, the high-stakes poker game his father is playing, the wild and beautiful black horse he comforts with sugar cubes. Then the ship is destroyed in a storm, and only Alec and the horse survive. Alec patiently and persistently tames the horse; eventually they're rescued and return to Alec's home. When the horse runs to a farm, Alec meets Henry (Mickey Rooney), a former trainer. They enter the horse in a race against two champions -- can he and Alec triumph
While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion that is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When it tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a deserted island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once successful trainer. Together they begin training the horse to race against the fastest ones in the world.
I am always looking for the chance to watch Criterions with my kids, and The Black Stallion totally blew me away, and is by far my new favorite family film in the collection. You just would not expect that a kids book adaptation would be this well crafted, and for awhile I wondering if this wild journey of an Arabian stallion and a little boy was based on a true story.
Alec Ramsay boards a ship called the Drake in Bombay, India, after spending the summer with his uncle. The Drake is bound for England, from where Alec will travel to his home in New York City. While stopping at an Arabian port, the Drake takes on a very large black stallion that is wild and dangerous. Alec is intrigued by the horse, visiting his on-deck stable and leaving him sugar cubes each night.
Alec has a real-life horse to attach to the story: a furious stallion locked in the hold and guarded by a slimy Arab, who threatens Alec when he slips lumps of sugar to the horse through the tiny window of his shipping compartment. Then later, when the ship blows up and sinks, the slimy Arab mugs Alec and steals his life vest. Speaking of unsubtle racism.
With a surprisingly limited amount of dialogue, the movie focuses on Alec Ramsey (Kelly Reno), a quiet young preteen who hangs back in the shadows while his gambling father (Hoyt Anton) plays cards during an ocean crossing. Left to his own designs for much of the time, the boy discovers a black Arabian stallion is also on board. Screaming and kicking wildly, the spirited horse is non-stop trouble for his handlers who struggle to calm the animal during the journey.
Close-ups of the young actor, carefully crafted scenes and exquisite beachfront property make The Black Stallion a visual banquet. Unfolding from a gentle, childlike perspective, the script is also free of objectionable content, other than some tense moments during the sinking of the ship. And watching this magnificent stallion run unfettered along the beach with his agile rider is a scene guaranteed to capture the imagination of young and old horse lovers alike.
The second part of the film is a pretty straightforward horseracing story. Alec meets former jockey Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney), who allows the boy to board the horse on his farm. They decide to race \"the Black,\" and with the combination of Henry's skill as a trainer and Alec's fortitude, they are able to prove the stallion's exceptional ability in a national horse race. The first part of the film tells the story of Alec's mastery of nature and his achievement of complete autonomy. The second part is the story of Alec's initiation through physical and psychological ordeals into masculine competition. The horse is the vehicle through which Alec enacts these two male fantasies.
The film's racism and sexism cannot be explained by its setting in the past (it's not just old-fashioned) or its adaptation from a book written forty years ago. Walter Farley's novel differs from the book in important ways. All of the racial and ethnic stereotyping in the film, from the poker game to the black man, Snoe, is the screenwriter's creation. At best this racial and ethnic stereotyping indicates lazy filmmaking, a failure of the imagination. At worst, it teaches children to fear and mistrust everyone except white Americans. In the book, Alec is a high school student whose parents are both alive, Henry Dailey has a wife and a job, and both Alec and Henry have responsibilities to their families during the training of \"the Black.\" For boys, the changes in the film version probably make the story a more potent fantasy. For girls, the story becomes even more inaccessible.
I have only read the first book and I think the book and the movie is exactly the same I just watched the whole movie today and I've actually have the black stallion in my sole do you want to know why because I've watched the movie before on netflix and it is not on netflix anymore it is now on youtube and why I watched it again is because the last time I watched it I could see the black stallion everywhere I went and THIS IS NOT A JOKE.and I'm starting to get as fast as the black stallion and I've gone through what the black Stallion has gone through Like I said THIS IS NOT A JOKE!!!!!
WANTED: Reliable man for stable on race-horse farm. Must have professional experience handling and riding young horses. Must be of good character. Must provide references. Good wages with furnished apartment and fringe benefits. Write Hopeful Farm, Box 37, Millville, N.Y. The advertisement had not been very successful. Alec had hired several men for the job but none had been reliable. Good help was hard to get and even more difficult to keep. Hopeful Farm was an incorporated business with his parents and Henry Dailey, the trainer, as the principal stockholders. Officially, his own position was that of stable rider, since one could not own and ride a race horse. However, while his parents lived on the farm and his father was responsible for the hiring of local help for maintenance work, Alec was in charge of finding the professional horseman to break and school the two-year-olds. He couldn't handle the colts himself, for he and Henry Dailey had begun a long summer of racing their great champion, the Black Stallion, in New York City. But occasionally Alec got a few days off and returned home, helping his father supervise the tremendous amount of work involved in running the farm. Frustrated and impatient, Alec went to the window that overlooked the separate paddocks where the two-year-olds were grazing and playing on the best grass that could be grown. Black Sand was among them and clearly enjoying his freedom. If he could not get the man he needed, Alec decided, it would be far better to turn out the young stock until he and Henry had time to handle it. Alec watched the horses. Some of them were unsteady on theirlegs, trying to find their balance, but they were all of a dazzling and powerful beauty. Their long, thick manes and fine coats--black, bay, chestnut and gray--had the gleam of wild silk in the early morning sun. Their deep shoulders and chests and muscular, arched necks breathed forth inexhaustible strength, endurance and spirit. They would be horses to reckon with on the race track, he knew. The future of Hopeful Farm rested on their young backs. Beyond, in an adjacent field, grazed the heavy but loving mares with suckling foals at their sides. They, too, would help determine the future of Hopeful Farm.
Off they go! They gallop all over the place, with loads of jumps in between because the Black is now a steeplechaser too, and they catch up to Tabari, who villain-splains that she hates the Black because he killed her father. Then she fires a gun (so much for making it look like an accident) and the two stallions rise up to fight each other and Alec falls off and hits his head.
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