Call us obsessed, but when I finish up a day at the stables, I like to go home and relax with a historic horse movie. When a director manages to capture the true beauty of the horse on film, it’s an amazing experience. These are just a few of the movies that have provided Agen Sbobet with that special thrill.
The Black Stallion, 1979, dir. Carroll Ballard: I grew up reading the classic novel by Walter Farley, and while I was nervous about seeing it adapted to film, this excellent motion picture did not disappoint. If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s about a shipwrecked young boy who befriends an Arabian stallion. Cass Ole gives a great performance as the titular horse.
The Man from Snowy River, 1982, dir. George T. Miller: This western was based on a poem by Banjo Paterson, first published in 1890. The “man from Snowy River” is Jim Craig, who tries to round up a herd of wild Brumby horses. Popular actor Kirk Douglas appears as a miner named Spur.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron, 2002, dir. Lorna Cook and Kelly Asbury: I had to keep reminding myself that this movie was animated. Not only do the horses look and act like real horses, but the beautiful imagery perfectly illustrates the American wild west. The movie is about a wild Kiger Mustang named Spirit who is captured by the US cavalry, but escapes with a Lakota American Indian named Little Creek.
Seabiscuit, 2003, dir. Gary Ross: This is not only one of the best horse movies I’ve ever seen, but also one of the most inspirational movies in general. The fact that it’s based on a true story only makes it more impressive. Tobey Maguire plays Red Pollard, a young jockey living after the Great Depression who needs a way to make some money. Seabiscuit is the horse who becomes Pollard’s partner, and later the idol of millions.
National Velvet, 1944, dir. Clarence Brown: In National Velvet, a young girl saves a horse from the knacker and trains it for the prestigious Grand National race. Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, and Angela Lansbury all star in this uplifting film, which was followed by a 1978 sequel, International Velvet.
There are many more horse films that I’ve enjoyed over the years, but this has made me want to go back and watch my favorites all over again. Be sure to keep checking www.thehorseshoepoint.com for more news about the wonderful world of horses.