Horses on the screen

GreyMane

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What are your favourite horsey films or TV programmes, or memorable (good or not) moments? Some of mine:

TV: Black Beauty... Follyfoot... Champion the Won-der Horse... White Horses! ahh, that theme tune.

Fillums:

- "The Missionary" with Michael Palin; in which his character is seen arriving, in a carriage and pair, to visit a stately home where dear old Michael Hordern is the amnesiac butler. There was a shot from the carriage looking over the horses' backs; they were cantering and there was a very clear soundtrack... of horses trotting. This made my friend and I both roll around laughing, we were the only 2 people in the cinema to find this funny!

- "Tumbleweed" (1953) with Audie Murphy; scrawny looking mustang saves the day, what's not to love. "I told you he's the best horse I've got"
The rough riding in most Westerns is so hard to watch though :( Cannot abide anything with John Wayne in... of which there's a lot.
I've got the autobiography of Yakima Canutt who was a rodeo rider, then stunt rider, then an action sequence director. Very hairy stuff.

I read "The Horse Whisperer" (meh) and did not bother with the film. Has anyone seen "Out of the Wild" ?

My old fella, after getting pestered into doing a bit of riding, now knows enough to join me in muttering "HE/SHE can't ride..." at various actors!
Ah, grasshopper, you have learned well.

Can't finish without this link; enjoy! :D
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International Velvet is an all time fave. The scene where she finds out she's been selected and gallops around the field cheering ALWAYS makes me well up with happy tears!

The Horse Whisperer is a great film -not even for the horsey bits- and the soundtrack is beautiful.

Black Beauty is just a classic that will make me cry no matter how many times I watch it and again, Danny Elfman's score is just stunning.
 

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How about Cisco in Dances with Wolves?
I was impressed with the actor playing Rawdon Crawley in recent Vanity Fair, he was a rider.
 

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Also a massive fan of International Velvet. I love perving over horses in films. My favourite film ever is Gladiator, and one of my favourite scenes is when they are in the Coliseum and battling the barbarian horde and win - the white horse that Maximus jumps on and wreaks havoc on makes me swoon.
 
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The Selfish Giant, not about horses but plenty on it as it is set in Bradford's travelling community and Dream Alliance about a racehorse being kept and trained from an allotment in South Wales.
 
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I can't cope with watching the old Westerns now but used to love them.

King Arthur (2004) the knights have incredible Lusitanos-they are all beautiful and the riding is pretty good. 2 amazing (horse free) scenes in that film means I can (almost) forgive casting Clive Owen in it. I liked the horses in Centurion as well (I love the film, its violent and flawed but great cast and countryside). I also liked the horses in the Robert The Bruce-someone have been crossing Iberians with a heavy breed and there were some very nice ones. Of course Lord of the Rings and Hildalgo. I like to see Iberians in film, there seems to be an increase in Friesians but I'd have thought they would want more comfortable horse to ride ;)

Robin Hood (the Russell Crowe one) has some good horse scenes, its not nearly as bad a film as I thought it at first.

Agree with Cortez, some amazing horse work on GoT showing what can be achieved with false perspective. There is also a handsome, large liver chestnut horse they use for actors and driving-makes me laugh because noone considers continuity when it comes to horses-so this one is ridden in very different (far apart) locations on the same episode by different characters and shows up pulling carts too. If I had the imagination, I would do a blog from his POV :D
Pic below wasnt done with false perspective fwiw. there is a 20min doco about the horse work done for this episode on YT I think. The Devil's Horseman do the horse work for the show.

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This is the liver chestnut

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I'm not a huge fan of horsey films. I do like epic fantasy with epic horses though - the horses in the Lord of the Rings are perfection.
I read that Viggo Mortensen was so taken with his lovely horse that he bought it after the filming.
It ws fun to see how they played with the scale, eg by giving the hobbit horses/ponies massive wiggy manes and tails to make them look smaller. Some of the humans looked better than usual in their wigs too.

Lots of great viewing suggestions, thank you. No subscription telly in our house so no G of Ts but will try and see Hidalgo and Spirit - still undecided about the Icelandic film. Iceland gave us Bjork after all, they seem comfortable with a fairly high level of strangeness!

On TV, despite identifying with the girl who rushes outside, the Lloyds Bank advert on the beach annoys me as it is SO obviously a large CGI herd of the same identical horse. I used to love the Guinness "white horses" ad with the surfer.

Going further back, I vaguely recall a "true story" film about 2 hardworking brothers who funded buying and training an Arab racehorse by doing a paper round; made for TV I think. And a documentary with Lucy Rees and a cowboy starting 2 young horses in their 2 different ways.
 
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My favourite film ever is Gladiator, and one of my favourite scenes is when they are in the Coliseum and battling the barbarian horde and win - the white horse that Maximus jumps on and wreaks havoc on makes me swoon.
that is a great scene-he's a good rider, there's some nice horses in his film The Water Diviner (which I really quite enjoyed, showed Australia off well).
 
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I feel a serious sword/sandal/bow and arrows weekend coming on :D

so-link to doco here. Warning, this episode is very violent-hands down the best battle scene for TV or film I've ever seen, completely epic. There are pics of horses being wounded/killed/dead, it explains how they did it in the doco but if you are upset at the thought of it, just don't watch.


King Arthur

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Robin Hood
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The Outlaw King

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Last, but not least-Angus from Brave :D

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I watched a "making of" for the BBC adaption of Merlin with Colin Morgan and Bradley James and Colin complained that he always got the "naughty" horse that wouldn't do as it was told
 

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He he: I worked on King Arthur, and GoT, so know the horses quite well (two different outfits supplied the horses). The big chestnut you are mentioning is a Lithuanian draught horse and is a very reliable actor's horse; we've used him several times for other productions. There is some fabulous horse work on "Alexander" (an otherwise terrible film), also the first "Zorro".
 

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Pale Rider, love the grey. Loved watching Silas as a child - would imagine I was riding a beautiful, big, black horse instead of a short, stubborn welsh grey during my riding lessons. White Horses over France was a bbc series in the early eighties which I thoroughly enjoyed too.
 

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The one I saw most recently was Lean On Pete. Good film but very, VERY sad - plus there's a very graphic scene in there that came totally out of the blue and literally made me scream "noooo!". Don't watch if easily upset. Do watch if you fancy Travis Fimmel!
 
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He he: I worked on King Arthur, and GoT, so know the horses quite well (two different outfits supplied the horses). The big chestnut you are mentioning is a Lithuanian draught horse and is a very reliable actor's horse; we've used him several times for other productions. There is some fabulous horse work on "Alexander" (an otherwise terrible film), also the first "Zorro".

so jealous :) he's a lovely horse!
 

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Agree about Lean On Pete yes I gasped out loud not for the faint hearted but great film. Also Loved Of horses and Men just bonkers film but great scenery.
Spirit is my favourite cartoon film and made me cry as well.
 

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I could never watch Black Beauty past the scene with Ginger in the cart :-(

Hidalgo caused a lot of controversy in long riding circles because it was claimed as a true story, but ignore that and you've got Viggo Mortenson looking drop dead sexy and a lot of beautiful horses. He rides so well as well!

Lord of the Rings have some of the best horse scenes I've ever seen.

Spirit was one of my favourite films as a kid, and so was The Black Stallion.
 
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