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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film's characters show deep reverence for nature and care deeply for the animals who inhabit the world around them.
Positive Role Models
Through the stories she tells her daughter, and through example, Elyne teaches her daughter Indi to love and respect the land and the creatures who inhabit it.
Violence & Scariness
Spoiler Alert: A horse being pursued by two men on horseback is shown running off a very high cliff. While the horse's landing is not shown, the horse's death is discussed. A cowboy whips a wild horse after being thrown off the horse.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Silver Stallion (aka The Silver Brumby) includes some suspenseful moments -- lightning strikes during fierce storms, horses fighting each other for domination, and a man thrown off a horse -- as well as scenes with injured animals in the wild. The slow pace of the movie might be difficult for younger viewers, but for older kids, especially those fond of movies about wild animals in nature, this is a beautiful and unforgettable story of survival in the Australian countryside. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While its slow pace might be difficult for younger viewers, this is a memorable movie for older kids who love horses and parents who wish to impart positive lessons of respect for nature. As the story within a story emerges and starts to meld into a single tale, the viewer witnesses the breathtaking scenery of the Australian high country, and Elyne Mitchell's 1957 novel on which the movie is based is brought to vivid life.
Perhaps the best thing about the movie is how animals aren't forced to be anything more than noble creatures engaged in survival in the wild. Animals aren't sugarcoated into displaying human-like emotion, they don't talk in funny voices or perform extraordinary stunts. In this movie, animals can be loved and appreciated on their own terms; that in itself makes The Silver Stallion a worthwhile experience.
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