The Black Stallion

Release Date: October 17th, 1979

DVD Release Date: December 3rd, 2002

G |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

Alec (Kelly Reno) encounters a magnificent black Arabian horse while traveling aboard a steamship around the coast of North Africa with his father (Hoyt Axton). When a disaster destroys the ship, Alec frees the horse and escapes with it to a nearby island, where they form a close bond. When Alec is rescued, he insists the horse be rescued too, and both return to America. There, Alec and former jockey Henry (Mickey Rooney) work to train the horse, which Alec names "The Black," for a race.

Cast: Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse, Hoyt Axton, Michael Higgins, Ed McNamara, Doghmi Larbi

Director: Carroll Ballard

Genres: Children , Adventure

Production Co: Omni Zoetrope

Distributors: MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.

Keywords: Rise, Friendship, Gripping, Father, Love, Endearing, Mother, Heartwarming, 1940s, Survival

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The first hour of this movie belongs among the great filmgoing experiences. It is described as an epic, and earns the description. show more

  • 100
    Boston Globe

    Generations from now, when people talk about horse movies, they won't be talking about "National Velvet" or "My Friend Flicka," they'll be talking about the majestic beauty of Carroll Ballard's The Black Stallion. [07 Feb 1980]

  • 100
    TV Guide Magazine

    This touching and beautifully photographed, if slightly overlong, tale of a boy and his horse follows the escapades of young Alec Ramsey (Reno), who is traveling across the ocean with his father. show more

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Awards

Nominated Film Editing
Winner Special Achievement Award (Sound Editing)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture