The BlackStallion was described as “the most famous fictional horse of the century” by the New York Times. Steven Farley subsequently has also written additional BlackStallion novels, which are not included here.
Dependent on each other for survival, the boy and horse learn to trust and love each other as they establish an amazingly strong and close lifelong emotional bond. But without a documented pedigree, Alec and Henry can only compete the Black as a mystery horse in a match race between two champions, Cyclone and Sun Raider.
One, an Arab sheikh, claims he is the Black's rightful owner, while the other attempts to murder the beautiful steed. The sheikh proves he legally owns the Black and takes him back to Arabia, but Alec is determined to see his horse again.
Following the pair to Arabia, Alec encounters great evil and intrigue, as only a horse as spectacular as the Black could inspire. Alec names the colt Satan, but a savage and wild nature make the horse dangerous and unpredictable.
Still, Alec, aided by Henry Daily, is resolved to gain the fiery colt's trust, even if it means risking his own life. A boy, Steve Duncan, and his archaeologist friend, Pitch, spend two weeks on a desolate Caribbean island, called Azul (blue in Spanish) Island, where they discover an entrance to a hidden valley through tunnels built by Spanish Conquistadors.
After firing an employee for striking a yearling, Alec takes out an advertisement in a racing magazine. When Pam Athena applies for the job, Alec has a hard time persuading his partners to retain her as a trainer and even harder time convincing himself to let her ride the Black Stallion when Alec is suspended as a jockey.
There, the black stallion is looked upon to save an Indian tribe during a disaster, in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy. Born in the mountain stronghold of Sheikh Abu JA' Pub Ben Islam, the colt shows great promise.
During a rival band's attempt to steal him, the colt escapes and learns to survive on his own in the high mountains. Befriended by Rashid, a young Bedouin, the stallion journeys to the desert, attempting to elude the rival horse trader groups seeking him.
Mr. Ramsay has a more prominent role in the books than his wife, later helping to run Hopeful Farm's business affairs. He is comparable to Henry in several ways, but Alec describes him as looking more tired and less happy.
He was originally bred in Arabia, the property of Abu JA' Pub Ben Islam, but ultimately was captured or stolen, placed on a ship to a destination unknown, where he first encounters Alec. Napoleon pulls Tony's vegetable cart through the smaller areas of New York, though he eventually is retired and becomes the Black's full-time companion.
Purchased at an auction by Henry, who has trained many horses but not actually owned one, he overcomes her quirks, even fashioning her a false tail to replace her docked one, lost in an accident, to boost her confidence. She is slightly lazy and lacks the drive for racing, and also develops what appears to be an obsession with a rival colt, Wintertime, which ultimately leads to her retirement.
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Note: This notification is to inform the public of a growing trend of dietary supplements or conventional foods with hidden drugs and chemicals. Edit Cast overview, first billed only: Kelly Reno ... Alec Ramsey Mickey Rooney ... Henry Daily Teri Gary ... Alec's Mother Clarence Muse ... Snow Host Anton ... Alec's Father Michael Higgins ... Neville Ed McNamara ... Jake Large Dofri ... Arab (as Dogma Large) John Burton ... Jockey #1 John Buchanan ... Jockey #2 Kristen Tigard ... Becky Faust Toni ...
Priest Frank Cousins ... African Chieftain View production, box office, & company info. Edit While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on.
When it tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a desert island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued, both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Daily, a once-successful trainer.
Together they begin training the stallion to race against the fastest horses in the world. Plot Summary | Plot Synopsized Trivia None of the equine doubles liked being in the water, so horses were brought in from the lagoons of Cam argue in France for the underwater shots of the Black swimming in the sea.
Cinematographer Caleb Chanel recalled in an interview that the swimming horses “had pot-bellies and incredibly ugly faces.” But when they “came into the water and started swimming, they looked unbelievably graceful.
The crew nicknamed these horses Pete and Replete because of the numerous takes required to get the appropriate underwater footage. Goofs The horse statue on Alec's nightstand was one made by Breyer Animal Creations in the late 1970s shortly before the movie came out.
Alternate Versions The 1994 VHS and 1997 DVD releases plaster the 1976 United Artists logo with the 1987 United Artists logo. The BlackStallion caused many people to fall in love with the idea of owning a horse.
The story of the movie involves a boy named Alec who is shipwrecked on a deserted island. Released in 1979, based off of a 1941 children’s novel by Walter Farley, here are some facts about the famous stallion that has won the hearts of so many over the years.
Case Ole was a Texas-bred Arabian stallion and FAE Our was, for the lack of a better term, his stunt double. Class Ole appears the most in the film, even though he had a star on his forehead and white legs that had to be painted black for each take.
A black stallion is a horse that is adaptable to many situations, but each has their own strength. There is one famous scene in the movie where Black protects Alec from a cobra that they find on the beach.
Since FAE Our really loved to fake-fight as a form of play, he got to appear in the scenes that would become iconic for those that have seen the movie. Some prefer to remain mostly alone, receiving only regular attention from their handler or owner.
Based on the success of the first film, the owners of El Mokhtar relented, and he got to star alongside Class Ole in the sequel. When the horses arrived, the producers were surprised to discover that they were cream-colored.
So when you see Black swimming in the movie, that’s actually a cream horse that was brought in specifically for that scene. The boy who played Alec took the role because he wanted swimming lessons.
Since Reno had grown up on a horse farm in Colorado, he was familiar with riding stallions and the challenges that come with that experience. Even when on the movie set, the four stallions that would play the role of Black fell into a system of hierarchy where one would be the leader.
It is the mare, the female horse, that determines when a herd travels, and it is the stallion’s job to make sure that all the stragglers are able to keep up with the desired movement. This belief system is likely due to one of the popular management styles of stallions in a domesticated capacity.
Stallions are either kept isolated as a method of management or allowed to run loose with only mares to create a replicated feral herd. For The BlackStallion, the producers kept the horses in what is known as the “bachelor herd” management model so that their behavior remained authentic, but without the competition for mating rights.
As long as the breeding period from April-July is managed properly, the horses can live, play, and work together quite well. When two stallions cross paths with one another, and they are not habitually living together, then it is not uncommon for aggressive or even violent behavior to result.
The stallions may kick at each other, lunge or bite at the neck or chest, or one may even attempt to escape. This is why for the filming of The BlackStallion, the primary horse and its regular “stunt double” living companion were primarily used.
A stallion that is kept in a stall for longer time periods is a horse that is likely to become fat, have reduced fertility, and may become aggressive due to its pent-up energy. By knowing these facts, it becomes easier to understand what these horses want and how they will respect you.