The Horse Whisperer (1998)

Directed by
Robert Redford

This lengthy romantic drama - clocking in at nearly three hours - is from the bestselling novel by Nicholas Evans and stars Robert Redford and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Tragedy strikes when young New Yorker Grace (Scarlett Johansson) loses her best friend Judith in a riding accident. Grace is deeply affected psychologically by the accident and the horse, Pilgrim, is in such a terrible condition that he is close to being put down. Grace's mother Annie (Scott Thomas) refuses to give up on either of them, and hopes that if the horse can recuperate, Grace will follow suit.

Together they travel to the wilds of Montana to enlist the help of Tom Booker (Redford), a man who specialises in rehabilitating difficult horses. The visit changes all their lives when Annie falls in love with the handsome rancher and faces the difficult decision of whether to return to her husband (Sam Neill) or stay in the West.

Redford directs as well as stars, and Johansson makes one of her first appearances on the silver screen. The cinematography is spectacular, boosted by the fact that the film is shot in a standard aspect ratio in the early New York scenes, but as the action moves to Montana the aspect ratio widens to do justice to the stunning scenery.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 170 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1998

4/5 Stars

Classification: PG Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Robert RedfordRobert Redford...Tom Booker
Image for Kristin Scott ThomasKristin Scott Thomas...Annie MacLean
Image for Sam NeillSam Neill...Robert MacLean
Dianne Wiest...Diane Booker
Image for Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson...Grace MacLean
Image for Chris CooperChris Cooper...Frank Booker
Image for Cherry JonesCherry Jones...Liz Hammond
Ty Hillman...Joe Booker
Image for Kate BosworthKate Bosworth...Judith
Austin Schwarz...Twin
Dustin Schwarz...Twin
Jeanette Nolan...Ellen Booker
Steve Frye...Hank
Don Edwards...Smokey
Jessalyn Gilsig...Lucy