The Horse Whisperer
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Robert Redford directs this compelling story of 14-year-old Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson), who is emotionally and physically scarred after suffering a terrible accident while riding her prized horse, Pilgrim. Desperate to help her daughter, Grace's mother, Annie (Kristin Scott Thomas), a high-powered magazine editor, launches an all-out campaign to find a horse whisperer, someone with a unique gift for curing troubled horses. She learns of Tom Booker (Redford), who works to rebuild all the lives shattered by the accident. Love blossoms between the horseman and the uprooted sophisticate, resulting in unexpected consequences. The film was based on the popular novel by Nicholas Evans.
Main Cast & Crew
Robert Redford - Director
Kristin Scott Thomas
A terrible horseback riding accident has left 14-year-old Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson) emotionally and physically scarred for life, and has left her prized horse, Pilgrim, permanently spooked. Grace's mother, Annie (Kristin Scott Thomas)--a high-powered New York magazine editor--is unwilling to believe that Pilgrim is beyond help and is desperate to help her daughter recover from the trauma. Annie drives across the country to Montana, with daughter and horse in tow, in search of Tom Booker (Robert Redford) a horse whisperer with a special gift for communicating with troubled horses. With Tom's help, both Grace and Pilgrim begin to deal with the aftermath of the accident. Annie, meanwhile, begins to reevaluate the choices she has made in life as she becomes enamored with both Booker and life on a Montana ranch. Sam Neill plays Robert MacLean, the husband and father left behind in New York when mother and daughter make their trek. Directed by Redford (ORDINARY PEOPLE, QUIZ SHOW) and based on Nicholas Evans's popular novel of the same name, the film features sweeping Montana vistas, earnest performances, and impressive horseback riding and training sequences.
Theatrical release: May 15, 1998. The exterior of the Museum of the City of New York appears in the film as Grace's school. Magazine editor Annie MacLean's office was that of Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. The Double Divide ranch in Montana us actually a working cattle ranch belonging to the Engle family, who continued to live and work there throughout filming. "I help horses with people problems."--Tom Booker
"...Extremely well acted..." - 09/01/1998 Sight and Sound, p.42-3
"...The movie works as a thoroughly harmonious mix of performance, photography, scoring and emotional authenticity..." - 05/15/1998 USA Today, p.9E
"...Mr. Redford has found his own visually eloquent way to turn the potboiler into a panorama, with a deep-seated love of the Montana landscape against which his rapturously beautiful film unfolds..." - 05/15/1998 New York Times, p.E10
"...Robert Redford has shown that he has a real feeling for the West...and there is a magnificence in his treatment here..." - 05/15/1998 Chicago Sun-Times, p.29