The Black Stallion
Director: Carroll Ballard Run Time: 118 min. Format: Digital Rating: G
Release Year: 1979
Starring: Clarence Muse, Hoyt Axton, Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr
From its turbulent beginning in a storm-swept sea to its unforgettable horse race finale, The Black Stallion is a modern-day movie landmark. One of the most highly praised productions of 1979, it is “a wonderful experience … for adults and for kids” (Roger Ebert).
When a shipwreck leaves Alec (Kelly Reno), a courageous young boy, and “the Black,” a wild Arabian stallion, stranded on a desolate island, the two share a frightening adventure of survival which forges a lasting bond of friendship between them. Upon their rescue, Alec and the magnificent horse continue their adventures when they join forces with ex-jockey and horse trainer Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney). Recognizing the winning combination of the Black’s remarkable spirit and Alec’s unwavering devotion to his friend, Dailey takes both under his wing and prepares them to go head-to-head with the world’s best thoroughbreds in “the race of the century.”