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Actor: Ryan Merriman
Director: Yelena Lanskaya
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Military & War
Studio: Platinum Disc Llc Release Date: 02/14/2006 Run time: 90 minutes
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Robert M. from DURAND, IL
Reviewed on 7/21/2012...
very good movie anyone who likes horses will enjoy very good family movie
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THIS COLT IS A WINNER
Michael Butts | Martinsburg, WV USA | 11/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE COLT, a Hallmark Entertainment film, is a touching and searing indictment against war of any kind. The Civil War stands as an atrocity in our American History and the filmmakers focus on the tragedy of war instead of its battles, although there a couple of tense battle sequences. Whether it's historically accurate or not, the script is human, and you'll need hankies on several occasions. Ryan Merriman (Ring 2) stars as Jim Rapp, a young Union soldier who sees his brother die, and becomes the champion for a colt born during one of the battles. The colt becomes both a nuisance and a sort of mystic charm to the soldiers and although he is initially ordered to kill the colt, fate steps in and he is allowed to keep it. Merriman is marvelous in displaying the youthful naivete of a Michigan farmboy suddenly finding himself a soldier and in one effectively touching scene, he tells a wonderful and kind Virginia family about his homeland and can't finish without bursting into tears. This moment alone is gripping and extremely moving. Another particularly emotional moment comes when Merriman shoots a Rebel who has stolen the colt. Knowing he is going to die, the Reb asks Jim to stay with him so he won't die alone and to bury him so the wild hogs won't feast on him. The rest of the cast of unknowns is very good, especially Steve Bacic as Sgt. Longacre who is afraid to admit he wants to be home with his wife and daughter. The movie is very human and only its tragic ending is a little depressing. I liked this movie a lot and highly recommend it."
A great suprise
Ernesto Manzo | Pleasanton, ca United States | 01/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The human story of this movie is very moving. My wife who HATES war related movies felt the film was compelling. I am not sure why someone would complained about the historical protrayal of this movie. It did not try to protray any specific battles, just small unit actions. If I want a history lesson I will read my books. This was an entertaining movie done in a historial context."
"A deeply moving movie" by cowboy up 11
Ernesto Manzo | 11/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just bought this movie at Wal Mart today and loved it.It takes place in Virginia in 1864.The First Michigan Cavalry is in darker times,and young Jim Rabb (Ryan Merriman) is facing the loss of his brother.Suddenly their camp is under seige,and Jim's cavalry horse,Jen,bolts and runs off.Jim tracks her and finds an unexpected suprise;a newborn colt.He leads them both back to camp,and is ordered to destroy the colt.It shames him to kill such a helpless being,so the captain agrees to spare the animal.The colt soon becomes a mascot and friend with the troopers,and they all become attached to him,appropriately called "Colt".It follows Jim everywhere,and as Jim is on patrol,he dismounts to stretch his legs and must take cover from a hail of Rebel bullets.A Rebel steals Jen and the colt follows.Jims takes a friend's horse to chase the thief and shoots him.As he is riding away,the wounded thief calls to him and asks to write to his sister and talk to him as he is dying.Jim is quickly shocked at what it is like to die and is confused.In the end Jim must risk his life to save his beloved colt.This was a unique and authentic movie like no other."