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Directed by James Hill • 1971 • United Kingdom
Starring Mark Lester, Walter Slezak, Peter Lee Lawrence
Anna Sewell’s classic novel about the bond between a boy and his horse receives a stirring, handsomely mounted screen adaptation, complete with spectacular scenery and a lively sense of adventure. When Black Beauty, the beloved horse he has nurtured since birth, is taken away from him by a cruel squire, young Joe (Mark Lester of OLIVER! fame) is determined that they will one day be reunited. Meanwhile, Black Beauty is passed through the hands of various masters in a series of far-flung exploits that take him from a Spanish circus to the battlefields of India and beyond. Beautifully shot amid the natural splendor of Ireland and Spain, BLACK BEAUTY is a breathlessly entertaining journey that offers a moving perspective on the relationship between humans and animals.