Justin Morgan Had a Horse

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  • TV-G
  • 1972
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 6.7  (239)

Justin Morgan Had a Horse is a 1972 adventure-drama film directed by Hollingsworth Morse. The movie is based on the true story of Justin Morgan (Don Murray), who lived during the late 18th century in New England. The story revolves around the remarkable bond between Justin and his beloved horse, named Figure. The movie opens with Justin Morgan relocating to Vermont with his young family. He is a schoolteacher by profession, but his real passion is breeding horses. Upon arriving in the little town of Springfield, he sets to work with his horses, hoping to create a distinct breed. Justin is particularly interested in creating a horse that is both resilient and swift.

One day, while traveling, Justin happens upon a local horse race where he sees a small, scrappy horse being mistreated by its owner. The horse wins the race, but not without receiving a few brutal kicks to the ribs. Justin takes pity on the horse and buys him from his owner for a mere $20. The horse is unremarkable in appearance, but Justin sees something special in him.

The horse proves to be spirited and difficult to train, but Justin is determined. He names the horse "Figure" and begins to work with him. Justin's young daughter, Char (played by Diane Lane), quickly forms a bond with the horse, and the two become good friends. Meanwhile, Justin's adversary and Figure's former owner, Jake (R.G. Armstrong), is determined to get the horse back.

The movie follows the journey of Justin, Figure, and his family as they navigate through the ups and downs of breeding and training horses. Justin's passion for creating a horse that is both sturdy and fast is tested when Figure proves to be exceptional in both areas. The pair becomes known throughout the region, and Justin starts to realize the true potential of his creation.

Unfortunately, Jake is not the only one who sees the value of Figure. A wealthy man from New York named Henry Steadman (Whit Bissell) offers Justin a substantial sum of money for the horse. Justin is conflicted, knowing that selling Figure could set him and his family up for life. Char is heartbroken at the thought of losing her beloved horse, and so is Justin.

As things come to a head, Justin has to make a decision that will ultimately determine Figure's future. The movie comes to a climactic end with a horse race that will decide the fate of Figure and the Morgan family's financial future.

Overall, Justin Morgan Had a Horse is a heartwarming story about the bond between humans and animals, and the determination to pursue one's passion. The movie is well-made, with beautiful scenery, excellent acting, and an engaging storyline. It is a must-see for anyone who loves horses or wants to watch a wholesome family movie.

Justin Morgan Had a Horse is a 1972 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7.

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  • Release Date
    1972
  • MPAA Rating
    TV-G
  • Runtime
    1 hr 31 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (239)