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Black Beauty Details


The fourth screen adaptation of Anna Sewell's classic novel is, in some ways, the most faithful and accomplished. Screenwriter and director Caroline Thompson recounts the life of Black Beauty, an aging, handsome stallion living in Victorian England. The film is narrated by Alan Cumming as the voice of Black Beauty, who spends a happy childhood on a rambling country estate before being ravaged by illness and surviving a horrible stable fire. However, the worst is yet to come as Black Beauty's new owners subject him to life as a horse for rent and, later, as a taxi puller in working-class London, before he can retire in peace. The original novel was written to draw attention to the cruel treatment of animals in 1877 England, and the issue's continued relevance today adds poignancy and gravity to this affecting tale. The film is episodic, as was the book, and the topic is handled with sensitivity and care. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:July 29, 1994


Sean Bean
as Farmer Grey
David Thewlis
as Jerry Barker
Jim Carter
as John Manly
Alun Armstrong
as Reuben Smith
John McEnery
as Mr. York
Eleanor Bron
as Lady Wexmire
Peter Cook
as Lord Wexmire
Alan Cumming
as Black Beauty
Bronco McLoughlin
as Granary Cart Driver
Peter Penry-Jones
as Wild-looking Young Man
John Quarmby
as Butler
Conrad Asquith
as Guv'nor Crenshaw
Graham Valentine
as Cabbie
Dick Brannick
as Cabbie
Anthony Walters
as Alfred Gordon
Bill Stewart
as Coachman
Lyndon Davies
as Head Groom
David Ryall
as Carriagemaker
Rosalind Ayres
as Mistress Gordon
Mary Selway
Niall O'Brien
as Farmer Thoroughgood
Robert Demeger
as Horse Marker Buyer
Adrian Ross-Magenty
as Lord George
Angus Barnett
as Ned Burnham
Matthew Scurfield
as Horse Dealer


Caroline Thompson
Peter Macgregor-Scott
Caroline Thompson
Anna Sewell
Book Author
Dick Pope
Tony Spratling
David Feig
Alex Thomson
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Simon Kaye
Musical Direction/Supervision
Claire Simpson
Kevin Phipps
Art Director
Les Tomkins
Art Director
Eddie Fowlie
Set Designer
Jenny Beavan
Costume Designer
Joss Williams
Special Effects
Chris Carreras
First Assistant Director
Rex Peterson
Mary Selway
Kevin Bartnof
Foley Artist
Vic Armstrong
Second Unit Director