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The Horse Whisperer (1998)

aka The Horse Whisperer

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Details: 170 mins · English · PG-13 (USA)

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Cast:

Small Tom Booker
Small Annie MacLean
Small Robert MacLean
Small Grace MacLean
Small Diane Booker
Small Frank Booker
Small Liz Hammond
No_movie_poster Joe Booker
Small Judith
No_movie_poster Twin #1
No_movie_poster Twin #2
No_movie_poster Ellen Booker
No_movie_poster Hank
No_movie_poster Smokey
Small Lucy, Annie's Assistant
No_movie_poster Lester Petersen
No_movie_poster Local Tracker
No_movie_poster Park Ranger
No_movie_poster Doctor
No_movie_poster Barn Dance Vocalist

Crew:

No_movie_poster Eric Roth Screenplay
No_movie_poster Robert Richardson Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Thomas Newman Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Tom Rolf Editor
No_movie_poster Ellen Chenoweth Casting
No_movie_poster Freeman A. Davies Editor
No_movie_poster Richard LaGravenese Screenplay
No_movie_poster Jon Hutman Production Design
No_movie_poster Hank Corwin Editor
Small Robert Redford Director
No_movie_poster Patrick Markey Producer
No_movie_poster Gretchen Rau Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Bernie Pollack Costume Design
No_movie_poster Allison Moorer Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Rachel Pfeffer Executive Producer
No_movie_poster Joseph P. Reidy Producer
No_movie_poster Karen Tenkhoff Producer
No_movie_poster Gwil Owen Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Gretchen Rennell Casting
No_movie_poster Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration
No_movie_poster Judy L. Ruskin Costume Design
No_movie_poster Steve Boeddeker Sound Designer
No_movie_poster Bill Bernstein Music Editor
Small Liz Phair Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Nick Evans Author
Small Robert Redford Production
No_movie_poster Freeman A. Davies Editing
No_movie_poster Tom Rolf Editing
No_movie_poster Hank Corwin Editing

Plot:

Teenager Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson) and her best friend Judith (Kate Bosworth) go out early one winter's morning to ride their horses, Pilgrim and Gulliver. As they ride up an icy slope, Gulliver slips and hits Pilgrim. Both horses fall, dragging the girls onto a road and colliding with a truck. Judith and Gulliver are killed, while Grace and Pilgrim are both severely injured. Grace, left with a partially amputated right leg, is bitter and withdrawn after the accident. Meanwhile, Pilgrim is traumatized and uncontrollable to the extent that it is suggested he be put down. Grace's mother, Annie (Kristin Scott Thomas), a strong-minded but workaholic magazine editor, refuses to allow Pilgrim to be put down, sensing that somehow Grace's recovery is linked with Pilgrim's.

Desperate for a way to heal both Grace and Pilgrim, Annie tracks down a "horse whisperer", Tom Booker (Robert Redford), in the remote Montana mountains. Tom agrees to help, but only if Grace also takes part in the process. Grace reluctantly agrees, and she and Annie go to stay at the Booker ranch where Tom lives with his brother and his brother's family. As Pilgrim and Grace slowly overcome their trauma, Annie and Tom begin to have mutual romantic feelings. However, they are both reluctant to act on these feelings – Annie is married and Tom had his heart broken before, when his wife left him because she belonged to the city, not the ranch.

The status quo is broken when Robert MacLean (Sam Neill), Grace's father and Annie's husband, unexpectedly shows up at the ranch. Annie is increasingly torn by her feelings for Tom and her love for her family. Soon, with Tom's help, Grace finally takes the last step to heal herself and Pilgrim – riding Pilgrim again. As the MacLeans get ready to leave the Booker ranch, Robert tells Annie that he knew Annie was in love with Tom, and gently asks Annie to make her decision one way or another before going home. Although Annie wishes she could stay with Tom on the ranch, she also knows that she belongs to the city, just like Tom's wife. The film ends with Annie driving away from the ranch, while Tom watches her go from the top of a hill.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1998-05-15 : United States of America

DVD : 1998-11-10

DVD : 2001-10-30