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The Horse Whisperer movie review
The Horse Whisperer

Robert Redford paid a (then) record amount for the right to film this. He plays a Montana man who is called upon to heal a girl and her horse after they were badly injured. Read the book first, word is they changed the ending. H is for Hollywood, H is for Happy endings, H is for Hard cash box office receipts.

From the moment the novel outline of Nicholas Evans' the Horse Whisperer hit his agent's desk, this story has been upheld as an example of good market research, good craftswork and good timing.

The Horse Whisperer, Festivale movie review

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Evans decision to sell the screen rights to Robert Redford (not the highest bidder) has proved itself to be wise -- the story is perfect for the craggy outdoors man that Redford has become. While some might decry the loss of his fresh-faced boyish charm, Redford has metamorphosed into a sturdy, sure-handed actor and director.

Kristin Scott Thomas and Robert Redford in The Horse Whisperer, Festivale movie review
Kristin Scott Thomas and Robert Redford in The Horse Whisperer

Shot with a broad camera in the expanses of Montana, The Horse Whisperer portrays a man with a zen-like approach to life, horses and people. Tom Booker treats "horses with people problems" as he lives and works among his family on their cattle ranch.

The film is meticulously cast and the three hours pass by with never a loss of interest. Whether this film has a happy ending or not is going to be a personal decision for the audience, but for the film makers their labour of love has wrought a film piece of cinema, and a beautiful picture of life in the American countryside.

Definitely see this in the cinemas, this film fills the screen. You don't need to go to one of the big, big, screens, but you should see it wide screen for a wide land.

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Title: The Horse Whisperer (1997)
Written by: Novel by Nicholas Evans, screenplay by Richard LaGravenese and Eric Roth
Directed by: Robert Redford 
Produced by: Robert Redford, Patrick Markey
Edited by: Tom Rolf, Freeman Davies, Hank Corwin
Director of Photography: Robert Richardson

The Players: Betty Buckley, C.J. Byrnes, Chris Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, Cherry Jones, Sam Neill, Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Dianne Wiest
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