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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

Cast

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
Mary Selway
Adrian Ross-Magenty
as Lord George
Anthony Walters
as Alfred Gordon
Rosalind Ayres
as Mistress Gordon
Bill Stewart
as Coachman
Angus Barnett
as Ned Burnham
David Ryall
as Carriagemaker
Robert Demeger
as Horse Marker Buyer
Matthew Scurfield
as Horse Dealer
Conrad Asquith
as Guv'nor Crenshaw
Dick Brannick
as Cabbie
Graham Valentine
as Cabbie
Peter Penry-Jones
as Wild-looking Young Man
John Quarmby
as Butler
Bronco McLoughlin
as Granary Cart Driver
Niall O'Brien
as Farmer Thoroughgood
Lyndon Davies
as Head Groom
Bill Stewart
as Coachman
Lyndon Davies
as Head Groom
Anthony Walters
as Alfred Gordon
Dick Brannick
as Cabbie
Bronco McLoughlin
as Granary Cart Driver
Peter Penry-Jones
as Wild-looking Young Man
John Quarmby
as Butler
Graham Valentine
as Cabbie
Conrad Asquith
as Guv'nor Crenshaw
Niall O'Brien
as Farmer Thoroughgood
David Ryall
as Carriagemaker
Rosalind Ayres
as Mistress Gordon
Angus Barnett
as Ned Burnham
Matthew Scurfield
as Horse Dealer
Adrian Ross-Magenty
as Lord George
Robert Demeger
as Horse Marker Buyer

Crew

Caroline Thompson
Director
Peter Macgregor-Scott
Producer
Caroline Thompson
Screenwriter
Anna Sewell
Book Author
Dick Pope
Cinematographer
Tony Spratling
Cinematographer
David Feig
Cinematographer
Alex Thomson
Cinematographer
Danny Elfman
Composer (Music Score)
Simon Kaye
Musical Direction/Supervision
Claire Simpson
Editor
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
Consultant/advisor
Mary Selway
Casting
Kevin Bartnof
Foley Artist
Vic Armstrong
Second Unit Director
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