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    Default Black Beauty 1994

    I'm such a wuss.

    Just watched the 1994 version on on- demand. All the cliches. Completely anthropomorphized. Horses neighing and whinnying a gazillion times per scene. BB shakes his head like Lassie in those "where's Timmy" scenes. Pawing the air.

    Was weepy through the whole thing.

    Need some real horse time soon, or I'll be begging for my pretty plastic pony in a padded room.



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    Yes, but isn't it just beautiful?? Gorgeous, gorgeous cinematography. I own that movie.
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    I own that movie, too, and I can't even make it through the opening scene before I start crying. As soon as I hear the music the sniffling starts. I agree, it is beautiful.
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    I’m loyal to one Black Beauty and one Black Beauty only! That would be the British Children’s series that was around in the 70’s.
    Thanks for reminding me Dizzy. I’ve just checked Amazon and at last the entire series is available in US DVD format. Up to recently, I was only able to get the “NEW adventures of BB”

    It has the best theme music ever!! IMHO that is.
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    I love that movie.



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    Can't watch it without crying at the end when Joe meets up with BB at the horse sale and finally gives him a safe and happy forever home....



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    I have two old guys who are living their own "black Beauty" lives. About ten years ago I had five horses, two older horses who I was no longer riding much and two I was riding and my daughter had her pony. A woman and her daughter who were basically friends of friends wanted my old guys to trail ride. I have always thought horses were happier with a job and people who would love and play with them. Seemed like a win win, I gave them to the woman with her assurance that they would always have a home..however, not totally trusting that anyone would care for them like I would I made them sign a contract saying if they no longer wanted my horses they would call me and I would simply come pick them up. Fast forward about four years...looking at the Chronicle Giveaway one evening, dont ask why, I found my old guys....basically starved and abused. The next morning my husband and I drove to the owners home about three hours away, horses were led down the road with extension cords around their necks ( the people didnt even own halters and I dont think they wanted me to see their living conditions), pitfully heartbreakingly skinny and dull. No life in their eyes at all, it was like they were shell shocked. ( I cried every time I groomed them) the new owners ( mother and daughter) decided they no longer wanted the old guys and sold them to people who just didnt know how or care to know how to look after horses. They were lifeless...but within three days of being home they started nickering and whinnying when I would drive up, within six months they were about back to normal weight....fast forward to today...now one is going to be 37 and his son 35...They are my adorable old men of the pasture..They think they died already are in heaven....moral of that story...I'll never be able to give away or sell another horse...



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    I remember the first time I watched that movie as a 5yo.

    Last time I watched it (06?) I also cried.

    Have on-demand. May waste the morning watching it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dizzywriter View Post
    I'm such a wuss.
    Just watched the 1994 version on on- demand. All the cliches. Completely anthropomorphized. Horses neighing and whinnying a gazillion times per scene. BB shakes his head like Lassie in those "where's Timmy" scenes. Pawing the air.
    Was weepy through the whole thing.
    Need some real horse time soon, or I'll be begging for my pretty plastic pony in a padded room.
    I went with a bunch of friends and watched it in the Theatre when it first came out. We were all balling our eyes out and getting some pretty strange looks from everyone else in the audience! We came out blowing our noses and all red eyed...everyone just looked at us like we were completely insane!
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    One of my favorite movies and a guaranteed good cry when I need one.



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    The horse that played the lead BB did an exhibition at the American Royal in '95 or '96, one of the most amazing 'horse at liberty' acts i have ever seen!
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    I cry like a little girl at any and all horse movies, doesn't matter how cheesy they are and how obviously fake it is. I saw the very end of the 94 BB movie on cable last week, and got weepy too.

    Strangely, I can watch crime dramas or hospital shows and never, ever get emotional about the murder victims or the people dying on the operating table. I'm too busy trying to figure out the clues of whodunnit or name that mystery diagnosis. Not sure what that says about my pysche....most people would consider it strange and warped. On COTH it's probably normal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Creaghgal View Post
    I’m loyal to one Black Beauty and one Black Beauty only! That would be the British Children’s series that was around in the 70’s.
    Thanks for reminding me Dizzy. I’ve just checked Amazon and at last the entire series is available in US DVD format. Up to recently, I was only able to get the “NEW adventures of BB”

    It has the best theme music ever!! IMHO that is.
    Ah I loved that series!!! Off to check Amazon!!
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    That movie came out when I was 11, perfectly timed for my totally obsessive horse phase, lol. Loved it! I have it as a VHS tape but don't have a VHS player anymore...



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    I figured I'd find some enablers here.
    It was a beautiful movie.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bird4416 View Post
    I love that movie.
    I hate that movie. I rented it to watch with my friend's five year old, and turned it off 15 minutes in. Instead, we watched National Velvet.

    I will never go see dog movies, either.

    But, if you've ever read Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley, the story of Justabob is an echo of Black Beauty, and I loved that part of the book. The whole book, actually.
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    But, if you've ever read Horse Heaven by Jane Smiley, the story of Justabob is an echo of Black Beauty, and I loved that part of the book. The whole book, actually.
    I loved that book too.



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    If I recall correctly, the main horse "acting" in the movie was Doc's Keeping Time, a registered Quarter Horse. He was trained by Rex Peterson, one of the most successful horse trainers for the movie business. I think Doc passed away a few years ago now.

    Of course, the movie, like the book, is told from the horses point of view, so of course they "translate", and show their feelings in "human ways". I HATE the part where Ginger pulls up, all skinny, and then it shows her dead a little later...And of course, sad Beauty at the horse fair where the knacker man almost gets him...Wahhhh, feel like crying, and I haven't seen that movie since it came out!!



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