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Release Date: December 25th, 2011

DVD Release Date: April 3rd, 2012

PG-13|2 hr 26 min

Plot Summary
Albert (Jeremy Irvine) and his beloved horse, Joey, live on a farm in the British countryside. At the outbreak of World War I, Albert and Joey are forcibly parted when Albert's father sells the horse to the British cavalry. Against the backdrop of the Great War, Joey begins an odyssey full of danger, joy and sorrow, and he transforms everyone he meets along the way. Meanwhile Albert, unable to forget his equine friend, searches the battlefields of France to find Joey and bring him home.

Cast: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Jeremy Irvine, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genres: War, Historical drama

Production Co: Kennedy/Marshall, Amblin Entertainment

Distributors: DreamWorks SKG

Keywords: Heartwarming, Father, France, Growing up, Quest, England

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The result is a film that may stay in the mind's eye longer than it lingers in the heart. show more

  • Spielberg and his team - composer John Williams, as always, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, screenwriter Richard Curtis - never forget their mission: to pull at heart strings, jerk some tears. show more

  • Whatever its missteps, this is a film that kids, middle-aged adults and grandparents can all see -- together or separately -- and get something out of in their own ways. There are precious few films that fit this description today and hats off to Spielberg for making one. show more

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Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Sound Editing
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)
Nominated Sound Mixing
Nominated Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2011)