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National Velvet
- Elizabeth Taylor

Overview - NATIONAL VELVET is the poignant family story that made a young Elizabeth Taylor a star. Taylor excels as Velvet Brown, a 1920s working-class girl whose dreams of owning her own horse become a reality when she wins Pie, a wild and unruly horse, in a raffle.  Read more...

 
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Overview

NATIONAL VELVET is the poignant family story that made a young Elizabeth Taylor a star. Taylor excels as Velvet Brown, a 1920s working-class girl whose dreams of owning her own horse become a reality when she wins Pie, a wild and unruly horse, in a raffle. With the help of Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney), a skittish, gun-shy ex-jockey, Velvet trains Pie to be a race champion despite the wishes of her loving but cautious parents (Donald Crisp and Ann Revere). Velvet's determination pays off, and the Brown family (including Angela Lansbury as Edwina, Velvet's sophisticated older sister) pools its money and enters the family pride and joy in the prestigious Grand National race, only to have its hopes dashed when the rider renegs--leading Velvet to do something extraordinary. This uplifting adaptation of Enid Bagnold's novel features stunning photography of coastal England and acclaimed crosscut editing that heightens the tension in the famous race scene. Young costars Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney are fabulous together, full of youthful charm and exuberance, ably supported by a first-rate ensemble cast.

Awards:
1945 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner
1945 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner

Cast List

Donald Crisp - Actor/Director
Arthur Shields - Irish Character Actor
Frank Benson
William Austin - Actor
Willliam Bailey
Norma Varden - British Character Actress
Frederic Worlock
Clarence Brown - American Director/Producer, THE YEARLING (1946)
Pandro S. Berman - Producer
Theodore Reeves - American Screenwriter
Leyland Hodgson - Actor
Herbert Stothart - American Composer/Arranger
Arthur Treacher - British Actor
Moyna MacGill - American Actress
Gerald Oliver Smith - Actor/"100 Men & A Girl"
Angela Lansbury - American Film and Television Actress, MURDER, SHE WROTE
Alec Craig - Character Actor
Mickey Rooney - American actor, singer, THE BOLD AND THE BRAVE
Joe Yule Jr. - American actor, singer, THE BOLD AND THE BRAVE
Mickey McGuire - American actor, singer, THE BOLD AND THE BRAVE
Dennis Hoey - British Character Actor
Alec Hartford
Helen Deutsch - American Screenwriter
Elizabeth Taylor - Oscar winning actress, GIANT, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Liz Taylor - Oscar winning actress, GIANT, WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
Leonard Carey - British Actor
Urie McCleary - Art Director
Terry Kilburn - Former Child Actor/Director
Terence Kilburn - Former Child Actor/Director
Harry Allen
Matthew Boulton
Gordon Richards
Jackie Jenkins
Colin Campbell
Douglas Francis
Barry Maccollum
Warren Newcombe - Special Effects
Irene
Enid Bangold
Cedric Gibbons - Art Director/In USA
Reginald Owen - British Character Actor
Eugene Loring - Choreographer/Silk Socks
Olaf Hytten - Actor
Aubrey Mather - Character Actor/USA & UK
George Kirby - Comedian
Anne Revere - American Character Actress
Billy Bevan - Silent Comedy Film Actor
Eric Wilton
Donald Curtis - Actor/"Fuller Brush Man"
Wally Cassell - Actor/"Sands Of Iwo Jima"
Robert J. Kern - American Editor
Leonard Smith - American Director Of Photography

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 124
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 012569506329
  • Genre: Family
  • Rating: G (MPAA)
  • Release Date: September 2010

Related Categories:
Movies > Action/Adventure

Related Keywords:
Adventure
Coming Of Age
Classic
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Family (General)
Essential Cinema

 
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Synopsis:
When Velvet, a headstrong teenage girl, wins an unruly horse in a contest, she decides--against the wishes of her parents--to train the animal and enter it in England's most prestigious horse race: the Grand National Sweepstakes. But her friend, a jockey who gave up the sport, knows how dangerous the race can be with such an unpredictable animal.

Reviews:
5 stars out of 5 -- "Top-billed Mickey Rooney was never better as the horse trainer on the make, but even he is bested by the passionate conviction of exquisite, 12 year-old Elizabeth Taylor, utterly enchanting as Velvet Brown." - 10/01/2008 Empire, p.175

 
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