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- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 48 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 10, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Robert Redford & Kristin Scott Thomas|
|Performer:||Sam Neill, Scarlett Johansson, Dianne Wiest & Chris Cooper|
|Directed by||Robert Redford|
|Edited by||Tom Rolf|
|Screenwriting by||Richard LaGravenese & Eric Roth|
|Composition by||Thomas Newman & John Barry|
|Produced by||Robert Redford & Patrick Markey|
|Director of Photography:||Robert Richardson|
Rating: 4/5 -- Gorgeous, slow-paced '90s horse drama has mature themes. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Rating: A- -- I found it to be a compelling, adult film that transports you into another world. Full Review
...Robert Redford has shown that he has a real feeling for the West...and there is a magnificence in his treatment here...
Rating: B- -- Maintains a spiritual atmosphere and decent hold on personal problems, keeping the long journey to the cure compelling, with enough flashes of Heaven on Earth to bewitch even the most disengaged viewer. Full Review
Directing himself for the first time, Redford has lavished his usual meticulous care on popular material that comes alive on the screen in ways that it never could on the page.
Rating: 3.5/4 -- Like Jaws, Carrie and The Bridges of Madison County, director Robert Redford's screen version of Nicholas Evans' smash bestseller has largely been deemed one of those rarities: a movie that improves on its source material. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- What The Horse Whisperer loses in storybook romance it gains in rock-solid values and a stirringly profound respect for nature...
New York Times
Robert Redford directs this compelling story of 14-year-old Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson), who is emotionally and physically scarred after suffering a terrible accident while riding her prized horse, Pilgrim. Desperate to help her daughter, Grace's mother, Annie (Kristin Scott Thomas), a high-powered magazine editor, launches an all-out campaign to find a horse whisperer, someone with a unique gift for curing troubled horses. She learns of Tom Booker (Redford), who works to rebuild all the lives shattered by the accident. Love blossoms between the horseman and the uprooted sophisticate, resulting in unexpected consequences. The film was based on the popular novel by Nicholas Evans.
A terrible horseback riding accident has left 14-year-old Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson) emotionally and physically scarred for life, and has left her prized horse, Pilgrim, permanently spooked. Grace's mother, Annie (Kristin Scott Thomas)--a high-powered New York magazine editor--is unwilling to believe that Pilgrim is beyond help and is desperate to help her daughter recover from the trauma. Annie drives across the country to Montana, with daughter and horse in tow, in search of Tom Booker (Robert Redford) a horse whisperer with a special gift for communicating with troubled horses. With Tom's help, both Grace and Pilgrim begin to deal with the aftermath of the accident. Annie, meanwhile, begins to reevaluate the choices she has made in life as she becomes enamored with both Booker and life on a Montana ranch. Sam Neill plays Robert MacLean, the husband and father left behind in New York when mother and daughter make their trek. Directed by Redford (ORDINARY PEOPLE, QUIZ SHOW) and based on Nicholas Evans's popular novel of the same name, the film features sweeping Montana vistas, earnest performances, and impressive horseback riding and training sequences.
- Theatrical release: May 15, 1998.
- The exterior of the Museum of the City of New York appears in the film as Grace's school.
- Magazine editor Annie MacLean's office was that of Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter.
- The Double Divide ranch in Montana us actually a working cattle ranch belonging to the Engle family, who continued to live and work there throughout filming.
- "I help horses with people problems."--Tom Booker
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