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The Horse Whisperer Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Robert Redford directed himself for the first time in this romantic drama adapted from the 1995 best-seller by Nicholas Evans. Fourteen-year-old Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson of Scarlett Johansson) and her friend Judith go horseback riding in upstate New York on a winter morning, but their horses lose their footing on ice and slide onto a road, where Judith and her horse are killed by a jackknifing truck. Grace and her horse are also seriously injured -- doctors must amputate Grace's right leg -- and the frightening incident leaves a lasting trauma not only on Grace but also on her horse, Pilgrim. Grace's mother -- magazine editor Annie MacLean (Kristin Scott Thomas) -- seeking Grace's recovery, feels there's a link between her crippled, embittered daughter and Pilgrim's behavior. Learning about a horse trainer with a special gift, she takes Grace and Pilgrim to Montana where horse whisperer Tom Booker (Robert Redford) lives on a ranch with his younger brother Frank (Chris Cooper), Frank's wife Diane (Dianne Wiest) and their children. Tom's work with the horse also has a rejuvenating effect on the guilt-ridden Grace. Annie loses her magazine job, and the low-key romantic involvement between Annie and Tom develops during the summer, stifled by the unexpected arrival of Annie's husband, Robert MacLean (Sam Neill). Screenplay by Eric Roth and Richard LaGravenese (who adapted Richard LaGravenese). Filmed in Montana and Saratoga Springs, New York. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
American Society of Cinematographers Robert Richardson Best Cinematography 1998 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Allison Moorer Best Original Song 1998 Nominee

Cast

Robert Redford
as Tom Booker
Kristin Scott Thomas
as Annie MacLean
Sam Neill
as Robert McLean
Dianne Wiest
as Diane Booker
Scarlett Johansson
as Grace MacLean
Chris Cooper
as Frank Booker
Cherry Jones
as Liz Hammond
Austin Schwarz
as Twin #1
Dustin Schwarz
as Twin #2
Jeanette Nolan
as Ellen Booker
Steve Frye
as Hank
Jessalyn Gilsig
as Lucy

Crew

Robert Redford
Director
Robert Redford
Producer
Patrick Markey
Producer
Terry J. Leonard
Screenwriter
Eric Roth
Screenwriter
Richard LaGravenese
Screenwriter
Robert Richardson
Cinematographer
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Allison Moorer
Songwriter
Hank Corwin
Editor
Tom Rolf
Editor
Jon Hutman
Production Designer
Raymond Kluga
Art Director
W. Steven Graham
Supervising Art Director
Joseph P. Reidy
Co-producer
Karen Tenkhoff
Associate Producer
Rachel Pfeffer
Executive Producer
Clare Scarpulla
Set Designer
Hilton Rosemarin
Set Designer
Gretchen Rau
Set Designer
Bernie Pollack
Costume Designer
Judy Ruskin
Costume Designer
Debra Schutt
Set Decorator
Gary Rydstrom
Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Boeddeker
Sound/Sound Designer
Joseph P. Reidy
First Assistant Director
Ellen Chenoweth
Casting
Gretchen Rennell Court
Casting
Mickey Gilbert
Second Unit Director
Peter Donen
Special Effects Supervisor
Peter Crosman
Special Effects Supervisor
Philip Pfeiffer
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Philip Pfeiffer
Second Unit Director
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