Parents' Guide to

The Black Stallion

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Breathtakingly beautiful, magical classic is a must-see.

Movie G 1979 118 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 8+

Cinematic, peaceful, full of meaning and love

age 6+

Some gorgeous footage and fun in this classic horse movie

We (my 9 and 5 year olds and me) pretty much categorically love horse movies without too much conflict— and really liked but didn’t love this one. The beginning shipwreck scenes are scary (and were very realistic to my kids— they kept asking if it had really happened) but were manageable with a heads-up and some covered eyes. The section of the film with the boy and horse are absolutely stunning and engaging. The rest of the film wasn’t quite as much, but it was enjoyable and we are fine with slower paced films. My mom thought it was corny and unrealistic— but some of that comes with the territory with horse movies!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Walter Farley's novel was adapted by director Carroll Ballard and Francis Ford Coppola's studio into one of the most breathtakingly beautiful, genuinely magical movies ever made. Part of the magic is that the movie has the courage to be quiet. There's very little dialogue, and there are long stretches without a single word. This allows The Black Stallion's images to do the work, and the cinematography by Caleb Deschanel is a joy for the eye and the spirit, creating exactly the right atmosphere for what Pauline Kael said "may be the greatest children's movie ever made."

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