The Black Stallion

The Black Stallion

Criterion Collection Edition #765

A wild horse saves a young boy’s life after a terrifying shipwreck and the two become unlikely friends in Carroll Ballard’s cinematic tour de force, adapted from Walter Farley’s classic children’s novel. From the crystalline shores of a deserted island to the green grass and dusty roads of 1940s suburban America, Ballard and director of photography Caleb Deschanel create a film of consistent visual invention and purity, one that also features a winning supporting performance by Mickey Rooney as a retired jockey and a gorgeous score by Carmine Coppola.

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The Black Stallion
  • The Black Stallion

    Directed by Carroll Ballard • 1979 • United States
    Starring Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr

    A wild horse saves a young boy’s life after a terrifying shipwreck and the two become unlikely friends in Carroll Ballard’s cinematic tour de force, adapted from Walter Farley’s classic children’s no...

Extras

  • Carroll Ballard on PIGS!

    In this introduction, recorded by the Criterion Collection in 2015, THE BLACK STALLION director Carroll Ballard discusses his short documentary PIGS!.

  • Pigs!

    This 1965 documentary by THE BLACK STALLION director Carroll Ballard follows the daily lives of pigs on a farm.

  • Carroll Ballard on THE PERILS OF PRISCILLA

    In this introduction, recorded by the Criterion Collection in 2015, THE BLACK STALLION director Carroll Ballard discusses his short film THE PERILS OF PRISCILLA.

  • The Perils of Priscilla

    A house cat escapes from the family home and into the wilds of the Los Angeles streets in this 1969 film by THE BLACK STALLION director Carroll Ballard.

  • Carroll Ballard on RODEO

    In this introduction, recorded by the Criterion Collection in 2015, THE BLACK STALLION director Carroll Ballard discusses his short documentary RODEO.

  • Rodeo

    Directed by Carroll Ballard • 1969 • United States

    This twenty-minute documentary from 1969 follows champion bull rider Larry Mahan as he competes in the 1968 National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City.

  • Carroll Ballard on SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY

    In this introduction, recorded by the Criterion Collection in 2015, THE BLACK STALLION director Carroll Ballard discusses his short documentary SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY.

  • Seems Like Only Yesterday

    In this 1971 documentary, THE BLACK STALLION director Carroll Ballard interviews twelve centenarians about the changing way of life in Los Angeles.

  • Carroll Ballard on CRYSTALLIZATION

    In this introduction, recorded by the Criterion Collection in 2015, THE BLACK STALLION director Carroll Ballard discusses his short film CRYSTALLIZATION.

  • Crystallization

    Shot through a microscope, this 1974 short educational film by THE BLACK STALLION director Carroll Ballard reveals the intricate patterns created through the formation of crystals.

  • Carroll Ballard on THE BLACK STALLION

    Director Carroll Ballard and film critic Scott Foundas discussed the making of THE BLACK STALLION at Ballard's home in California in 2015.

  • Caleb Deschanel on THE BLACK STALLION

    This interview with THE BLACK STALLION cinematographer Caleb Deschanel was conducted in Los Angeles in 2014.

  • Mary Ellen Mark on THE BLACK STALLION

    In this interview, conducted in 2015, still photographer Mary Ellen Mark discusses shooting on location in Sardinia and Toronto for THE BLACK STALLION.