The Black Stallion (1979)


“Dad… you know what I saw? It’s the most fantastic thing… come look! ” – Alec

Number of Times Seen – Probably between 3-5 times (cable, video and tv in the 80’s and 8 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After being shipwrecked on a deserted island, a young boy creates a deep friendship with an Arabian stallion stranded with him.

My Take on it – Certain films stay in our minds for many years despite the fact that our perceptions can change over that time.

This is a film that I recall seeing a few times as a kid and really enjoyed it.

Rewatching it now, it completely baffles me as to how and why.

This was such a boring story because very little truly happens besides the (wordless) growing friendship between a boy and a horse.

By the time it gets around to expressing its point, too much time has passed and I just didn’t care anymore.

Perhaps the trouble here is the fact that the novel, which can explain things more clearly just doesn’t translate very well to the screen.

The one good thing about this film is its cinematography (by Caleb Deschanel, father of Zooey and Emily).  Because of the fact that much of the story takes place on a island, we are treated to some great shots of beautiful landscapes which helps take us away from the tedious and boring storyline.

Bottom Line – Extremely boring film that takes too long to get to its point.  The novel just doesn’t translate well enough to the screen because most of what transpires through the first half of the film is wordless. The one good thing about this film is its cinematography and we get to watch beautiful landscapes along with the tedious story.  I recall liking this as a kid, but now I have no understanding as to why.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – There is a scene after The Black has jumped overboard and Alec is in the water yelling for help and The Black is swimming towards him. Suddenly the horse begins to tip over, his head plunges underwater and he starts to thrash in the water and his hooves are pawing in the air. This was an accident due to the guide wires being used to control the horse. Too much force was applied on the turn and the horse went under, a serious cause for alarm on the set. To everyone’s relief, the horse righted himself and popped up out of the water just fine. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy

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