This family favorite, a south-of-the-border variation of the classic boy-and-his dog story, stars Michel Ray as Leonardo, a young Mexican boy who appeals to the president of Mexico to spare his beloved bull from death in t... more »he bullfighting ring. Does the bull meet a grisly fate at the hands of a sombrero-topped matador? We're not telling, but charming performances and some gentle tear jerking make The Brave One an agreeable movie for kids. The film is also known for an interesting footnote of Hollywood history: When it won the Academy Award in the now-defunct category of best original story, screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (using the pseudonym "Robert Rich") was unable to accept the Oscar due to the infamous Hollywood blacklist. He officially claimed the award in 1975. --Jeff Shannon« less
"The Brave One was beautifully crafted in 1957 by blacklisted author Robert Rich and immediately established itself as a superb classic. The tale is of a small Mexican boy and his enduring love for his courageous pet bull. Set in Mexico, a boy discovers a cow has been killed after delivering and orphaning a male offspring. Naming the calf Gitano, The boy becomes it's friend and caretaker. Realizing the boy's loneliness, the parents encourage the bond, but fail to emphasis the eventual fate of the animal. Throughout the Calf's life the boy's love inexorably grows unaware of his parent's financial responsibility to the bull's true owner. By the time the animal has grown to market size and becomes a cash commodity, the boy's parents are torn between their son's love and their duty to the Patrone. Using subterfuge, the parents separate the two. Returning from a fool's errand, the boy discovers his best friend and lifetime companion has been sold for the purpose of bull fighting and its eventual destruction. Despite the frantic warnings of his parents that it's too late to save the animal, the small boy adroitly played by Michel Rey, sets off to save his courageous friend from certain death. The boy visits everyone from the Patrone to the Governnor of Mexico in a vain attempt to alter the fate of his pet. The film culminates with the boy's magnificent bravery before an arena filled with spectators. True loyalty to any animal has never had a more poignant test of love and courage. For any viewer with a human heart, this tear-wrenching film will leave you joyfully weeping. ****"
A delight in sight and sound...
Roberto Frangie | Leon, Gto. Mexico | 12/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Brave One" is about a peasant boy who runs away to Mexico City to save his brave bull, Gitano... Irving Rapper directed the beautiful simple story of Leonardo and his attachment to his pet bull with understanding... It has an authentic look in the bullring, on ranches and in Mexican streets... It has humor, attachment, determination, bravery, suspense, and a terrific climax...
The highlights of the film are many as the weaning and branding of the bulls and how they are tested in the open fields; la Fiesta Brava filling resplendently in the gold and pink brocades of Mexico, mixing with the elegance of swirling capes; the father of Leonardo (Rodolfo Hoyos) trying to make Leonardo understand that the pet bull is born to die in the ring - the reason of his life -
With a tremendous score and an outstanding color photography of exceptional beauty, Jack Cardiff realized the most beautiful and expressive scenery of the Mexican landscapes... "The Brave One" had the flavor of the bullfight game and its devotees and hangers-on...
A family adventure for all
Roberto Frangie | 07/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a beautiful movie of a little boy in Mexico, his pet bull and the adventures that bonds them both. This movie has a great sound track that compliments the scenery, the story and the people."
The Brave One scores with fans
Allan Zirlin | Morton Grove, IL USA | 01/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best family-type film dealing with the sometimes controversial subject of bullfighting. The photography, score and story are all first class even though some parts seem dated from a 2006 perspective. Well worth having in your video library."
The King of It's Kind
Michael D. Mclean | 02/06/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Being a life long audiophile and classical music lover, I was ready, at the age of 16, in 1957, to be deeply impressed when I saw "The Brave One" first run, in CinemaScope, with four channel magnetic sound, at the Norwest theater in Detroit. This King Brothers film, about a boy who falls in love with a bull, was billed as "The motion picture from the human heart for the human heart." The Dalton Trumbo story, combined with an awesome Victor Young score, and supported by a magnificent performance by Michel Ray with a fine supporting cast and direction, has stood the test of time. In spite of it's cost of a days pay at the time, I ran out and purchased the LP sound track album (Decca DL8344) because I was filled with mad lust to hear the music. I still have this album, and I have seen it listed for sale to collectors for $300. This should indicate the eloquent and vibrant quality of the music. Over the years I have purchased this film on VHS, LASERDISK, and now this wonderful DVD. In my opinion, this is the greatest movie ever made about the love of a small boy for an animal. I consider it to be virtually impossible to watch this film without ending up with tears in your eyes and a lump in your throat. I have screened it for many friends, some of whom are fans of this genre, and they all agree with me that the King Brothers gave us the King. This new DVD has outstanding image quality, and the best sound of all the versions that I have heard. The beautiful integration of music and title images sends chills down ones back right from the first foot of film, as the sound of the xylophone sparks the lightning bolts shooting out from the radio tower spelling out "RKO RADIO PICTURES." This wonderful old logo was designed and photographed by Linwood Dunn, the head of the RKO special effects department, whom I was fortunate enough to meet one day and discuss his work. No film shows off this wonderful logo as well as "The Brave One." Michel Ray quit acting and got a fine education in business. He went on to Wall Street and made millions. Eventually, he married the daughter of Freddy Heineken, the Dutch brewer. The happy couple are worth billions, and recently were major investors in the the new James Bond film "Casino Royale" starring Daniel Craig as James Bond."