Watch The Belstone Fox
- 1 hr 28 min
The Belstone Fox is an adventure drama film directed by James Hill and based on the novel The Master of the Foxhounds by David Rook. The film stars Eric Porter, Jeremy Kemp, and Bill Travers in lead roles. The movie follows the story of Tag, a fox pursued by the local hunt led by Asher and his son, who is a teenager, and who is trying to catch the fox to prove his manhood. But when Tag is accidentally befriended by a young boy Daniel Patch, who becomes the fox's guardian and protector, the hunters look for ways to kill the fox.
Alongside the hunt, the film depicts the life of the Patch family, a strict and religious household headed by the mysterious and strict patriarch, who forbids Daniel from going near the fox. But when the father dies suddenly, Daniel is left alone with his widowed mother who is more understanding and supportive of him.
As the film progresses, Daniel's love for the fox grows, and he starts to enjoy their secret meetings in the forest. At the same time, he faces a dilemma of whether to help the local hunters with their pursuit of the fox, or try to save the animal himself.
The Belstone Fox offers not only the adventures of a hunted forest animal but also a deep look into the rural life of a traditional English family. With beautiful and breath-taking scenery, it portrays the struggles between man and nature, human relationships, and the search for freedom and happiness.
The film has great performances by its lead actors, especially Eric Porter, who plays the stern and mysterious father of the Patch family. His performance offers an air of intrigue and creates an eerie atmosphere that lingers throughout the film.
Jeremy Kemp, who plays the hunter Asher, portrays the arrogance of the upper-class Englishmen, who sees hunting in a more traditional and glamorous way. On the other hand, Bill Travers, who plays Daniel's father, offers a warm and sympathetic character, who understands his son's admiration for the fox.
Overall, The Belstone Fox is a heart-warming and charming family film, that offers beautiful cinematography, beautiful locations and great performances. It portrays the connection between humans and animals, and the importance of valuing nature and respecting all living beings.
The Belstone Fox is a 1973 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5.