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  • International Velvet

    Has anyone watched the movie? Tatum O'neal plays the title role. At age 14, she went from being a Western rider to learning English for the role, ably coached by William Steinkraus.

    The story was hokey as one would expect, but there were some great riding scenes (3-day-eventing). I doubt she did the jumping scenes but appears to have done the flat work.

    The fun thing is that, in the end credits, among the "riders" are many British names that I don't recognize. However! among the U.S. riders were Buck Davidson, Michael Plumb and Tad Coffin. This was released in 1978.

    It was some mindless, horsey entertainment for a Sunday afternoon

  • #2
    Love the movie. Sure, there a hundreds of missed details and inconsistencies from National Velvet to International Velvet, but I can overlook them.

    There aren't many movies that focus on 3 day eventing, so I eat them up.


    • #3
      watched it with my Pony Club as a kid.


      • #4
        Watched it as a kid. It converted me to doing eventing. Love Anthony Hopkins in it, I also love watching old Ledyard footage and riders from that era. THAT is the way a cross country course should look!
        "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


        • #5
          Have you seen Sylvester?

          If not, you should check it out.

          The movie The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit has footage from the real Madison Square Garden horse show. Lots of unidentified big names of the day. The manager of the hunt club where I was riding at the time is in that part taking a spectacular fall.
          "Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything
          that's even remotely true."

          Homer Simpson


          • #6
            I love International Velvet. But, Sylvester wins for having the best line ever, "It's called dressage. It's like watching cement set."
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Desert Topaz View Post
              I love International Velvet. But, Sylvester wins for having the best line ever, "It's called dressage. It's like watching cement set."
              Yes! Will have to see if I can dig that one out from Netflix or something. Loved that big grey horse.


              • #8
                Originally posted by talkofthetown View Post
                Yes! Will have to see if I can dig that one out from Netflix or something. Loved that big grey horse.
                It's pretty cheap to buy/rent on Amazon Prime.


                • #9
                  I saw a documentary on making International Velvet that said that Tatum O'Neal did all the riding. They could not "fake" the cross country on a set.

                  I recall being impressed with her capabilities to ride a bona-fine cross country course....did not know she rode western before taking up "english" riding.

                  Will try to find the name of the documentary.
                  Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
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                  • #10
                    Marcia "Mousie" Williams was her trainer. She said Tatum O'Neal was a natural and learned to ride like that in just a few months. She's in the documentary. It runs on TCM from time to time.

                    I'm a big fan of Sylvester also.
                    Last edited by Bristol Bay; Oct. 10, 2016, 08:56 PM.
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                    • #11
                      One of my favorite "bad" movies.


                      • #12
                        Loved the movie and the horse scenes. It was great seeing the big names.

                        The kid was annoying at times (the character, not the actress), but if that's my only real complaint against a movie, I've enjoyed it.
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                        • #13
                          Love that movie!


                          • #14
                            Here is a link to the trailer for the documentary on making the film.

                            Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress.
                            Alfred A. Montapert


                            • #15
                              My DH gave it to me for Valentine's Day many years ago... No matter how many times I've watched it, I still tear up when the Tatum is given the speech from the coach about how some day, she will indeed ride for Britain in the Olympics.

                              And all I have to do is mention the movie's title and DH yells, "The Pie! The Pie!".


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by lintesia View Post
                                My DH gave it to me for Valentine's Day many years ago... No matter how many times I've watched it, I still tear up when the Tatum is given the speech from the coach about how some day, she will indeed ride for Britain in the Olympics.

                                And all I have to do is mention the movie's title and DH yells, "The Pie! The Pie!".
                                Lord Lonsdale was a former advanced horse that was absolutely a wonderful, tolerant fabulous sweet horse.


                                • #17
                                  I think I watched National Velvet and International Velvet so many times that we went through multiple VHS versions of them. Any time related questions were answered with "you can watch National Velvet 1 time before it's time to leave".

                                  When I put the desserts out on holidays I always scream "IT'S THE PIE! IT'S THE PIE" Sometimes I think I'm funny...


                                  • #18
                                    It's the Pie? I only remember her screaming, "It's the foal! It's the foal" as she runs out in the field.
                                    "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


                                    • #19
                                      The movie is sappy, but it's very dear to me. My father produced it (much to his dismay; he loathed it) after my mother convinced him to do so.

                                      I have an original script, leather-bound on my coffee table.


                                      • #20
                                        I have so enjoyed that movie - still do, filtering the parts that drive me a little nuts. The role of women in riding and eventing has certainly come a long way since that movie, thank goodness.

                                        But it was great drama. She fell off and still won the Olympic gold medal. I need to watch it again and find out her dressage score ...