The Black Stallion

1979 G 1h 57m Blu-ray / DVD

The Black Stallion

1979 G 1h 57m Blu-ray / DVD
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This remarkable adaptation of Walter Farley's classic children's novel by Carroll Ballard in which an American boy is rescued after a shipwreck off the coast of North Africa by a seemingly untamable wild horse is a cinematic tour de force.
Hoyt Axton, John Burton, Leopoldo Trieste, Ed McNamara, Kelly Reno, Kristen Vigard, Mickey Rooney, John Buchanan, Fausto Tozzi, Clarence Muse, John Karlsen, Doghmi Larbi, Teri Garr, Michael Higgins
Carroll Ballard
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1
Spanish (Neutral), English, French
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital Mono
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children. G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 8+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 8+
age 8+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Black Stallion, based on the novel by Walter Farley, is about a young boy named Alec (Kelly Reno) who develops a deep bond with the horse who saved his life in the aftermath of the shipwreck that took his father's life. There's some violence and peril -- the shipwreck is shown in detail as passengers panic amid rising waters and out-of-control fires, and Alec's father shoves a man into a fire after he's caught trying to steal the boy's life jacket. Given how upsetting the shipwreck scene is, parents may want to skip that part and start when Alec lands safely on the beach. Characters smoke cigarettes, pipes, and cigars (accurate for the era the movie takes place in). Alec is a brave boy who manages to survive in harsh conditions and learns the importance of responsibility and patience. This is a beautiful movie for the whole family and one of the best horse-themed movies ever made.

Sexual Content



The shipwreck scene is intense and may be upsetting to kids. A ship catches fire and takes on water. Passengers are shown panicking, and a man even takes a knife to a young boy and cuts off his life jacket. The boy's father shoves the man into fire. A boy is shown alone and scared in the shipwreck's aftermath, surviving alone on an island.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

Explores the deep bond that can develop between people and animals.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters smoke cigarettes, cigars, and pipes (accurate for the era) and drink alcohol.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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