Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Miranda Cosgrove, Robert Wagner, Fred Ward, Connie Sellecca, Paul Sorvino
Director: Craig Clyde
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
There were those who thought the rare and beautiful wild stallion might have been sired by a famous race horse lost years earlier when a locomotive derailed in the Nevada mountains. Others whispered that it was a ghost hor... more »
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Chris Dulabone | 10/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For years, I was under the impression that the movie industry had forgotten how to make a truly great film that was not only entertaining to watch, but also insightful and intelligent. Now, at long last, the tide has turned. Film More Entertainment's "The Wild Stallion" is a fine example of what a movie should be. The characters come across as real people, not just cardboard personalities. By the time the film was less than halfway through, I had come to think of both Hanna and CJ as friends that I really cared about.
The cinematography is also stunning, giving viewers ample time to admire the beauty of nature all around them, and the amazing gracefulness of the horses. There is even a believable plot involving a crooked deputy sheriff who is in cahoots with the poachers who are out to capture all of the wild mustangs to sell to big industry for drug testing. That includes the title character, a legendary black stallion that the locals claim is merely a myth, but which we find out very quickly is quite real.
City-girl Hanna has come to take photographs of the majestic animals in their natural environment in the hope that her photos will help raise public awareness of the plight of the wild mustangs. But when some shots of the elusive black one are accidentally developed, word gets around and the poachers come a'running.
If you are expecting in-your-face morality lessons, however, you will not find those here. This film is gentle and non-violent in nature. It makes its point without having to beat anyone over the head with it. The serene natural landscapes and true grace of the animals speaks far more clearly than words ever could. Religious references are limited only to the use of the term "Judas Horse," a horse used by the poachers which intermingles with the wild ones, earns their trust, and then leads them right into the trap. I am not a poacher, but the practice reeks of something they would actually do.
All of the actors should be commended on a job well done. Fans of Connie Sellecca will be hugely rewarded. For the younger viewers who admire Miranda Cosgrove from Nickelodeon programs such as "iCarly," here is a side of her acting that we've not seen nearly often enough. No outrageous behavior or wild antics. Here she is a very real human being who carries herself in a believable manner. Some credit also must go to charming newcomer Danielle Chuchran, who plays the country-girl who grudgingly befriends her and ultimately shows her the true meaning of family values.
The film has moments both comical and touching, and viewers of all ages will come away from it feeling invigorated and rejuvenated. This one can be enjoyed by young and old alike. There is no profanity or other offensive content. There are even some lovely Special Features, including a 10-minute bit of film footage of wild horses set to music. This piece alone is worth the price of the DVD. It also has a still photo gallery with over twenty full-color photographs, some of which even include the film crew.
I was sorry that it did not feature a catchy theme song by either Sellecca or Cosgrove, but that is the only real complaint I can state about this cinematic gem. Stop wasting your time reading reviews and order this movie now."
The Wild Stallion
D. Fillis | California | 11/22/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Our children have been asking to get The Wild Stallion ever since they heard that Miranda Cosgrove of iCarly fame had a leading role. Although the DVD was just recently released, it was actually filmed several years ago when Cosgrove was younger than she currently appears in her iCarly character. The plot is fairly simple; the city girl goes to live on a ranch in the country and discovers the wonders of the great west and, oh yes, horses. The sub-plot involves bad guy Robert Wagner and his team of local misfits out to spoil the good life enjoyed by the band of wild horses that roam the area. Connie Selleca is the nature-loving mom that presides over the ranch where Cosgrove goes to stay, and Paul Sorvino plays the local sheriff with his typical expertise and presence. Filmed in the backcountry and small towns of central Utah, the scenery is breathtaking and keeps the young audience the film is aimed at captivated for the 86 minutes it runs. Rated G, I recommend it for children, teens, and the host of Miranda Cosgrove fans out there."