The Black Stallion

"From the moment he first saw the stallion, he knew it would either destroy him, or carry him where no one had ever been before…"

The year is and ten year old Alec Ramsey is returning with his father to England. While on their ship in off the coast of North Africa Alec sees a beautiful black Arabian stallion which he is immediately taken with. Young Alec visits the horse offering him sugar cubes and the like. That night a violent storm rolls in, and the ship is struck by lightning and destroyed.

Alec is able to free the stallion and in the processes is tossed overboard himself. The ship sinks and Alec and the horse are the only survivors. Alec saves the stallion several times from his ropes tangling in the sinking ship’s propellers and then later on from them being snagged on rocks where Alec and the horse are marooned. In turn the Arabian horse saves Alec from a deadly cobra snake by tromping the reptile to death. In this time they spend on the island Alec and the horse he named “The Black” from a strong bond before they are rescued and sent to the United States.

Once they reach state side Alec is reunited in the Midwest with his mother who had thought him dead. By expressing her gratitude towards The Black for saving her sons life, Alec’s mother allows him to keep the horse in the backyard. One day after The Black escapes Alec meets a horse trainer and former jockey by the name of Henry Dailey who teaches Alec how to ride and how to train The Black.

After training and riding for some time Alec sees a flyer advertising a race between two famous jockeys and prized thoroughbreds. Alec and Henry challenge the riders and their horses to a race of their own. On race day, while coming to the gate, The Black’s leg is injured by another horse and Alec tries to reign him in from the race, however The Black runs anyhow and wins the race.

G
| 1979 | 1 hr 58 min | 7.4/10
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Director
Carroll Ballard
Language
English
The Black Stallion
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