The Black Stallion

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Breathtakingly beautiful, magical classic is a must-see.

G 1979 118 minutes

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 9 reviews

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age 5+

Great adventure!

This story was beautifully told. The cinematography is from a bygone era, back when it mattered to set up a shot or a scene just so. No cgi here. The musical score is phenomenal. Yes there is loss and the poor child is on his own, on a desert island. But he doesn't lose hope and I think a story like this is inspiring for young and old. The horse and the boy started the relationship right from scene one and they are truly friends. My 6 year old wanted to watch it again the next day despite the fact that it didn't have mind blowing animation or special effects. There is something to be said for old fashion story telling. It is two whole hours and he was spell bound the entire time. Make some popcorn and settle in!

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age 8+

A beautiful, lyrical classic

We watched this with our 8-year old daughter and 10-year old son, and all four of us were enthralled. Without giving spoilers, it is safe to say that the second act of the film has zero dialog, and really draws you in. There are some tense scenes, the threat of violence, and the death of one character. The main character has to learn resilience, empathy with animals, and how to deal with loss. That said, I consider this to be a must see for every kid and parent. The fact that the cinematographer did not get an Academy Award for his work here was a scandal then, and I could not agree more!

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