The Horse Whisperer

1998 PG-13 2h 48m DVD

The Horse Whisperer

1998 PG-13 2h 48m DVD
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After a riding accident, New Yorker Annie MacLean (Kristin Scott Thomas) takes her injured daughter, Grace (Scarlett Johansson), and a frightened, wounded horse to Montana. They're looking for Tom Booker (Robert Redford), a man with the unique ability to "talk" to horses. As Tom heals the horse, Annie's growing feelings for him make her reluctant to return to city life -- and her husband. Redford directs this Oscar-nominated drama.
Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones, Ty Hillman, Kate Bosworth, Jessalyn Gilsig, Jeanette Nolan
Robert Redford
Widescreen 2.35:1
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Horse Whisperer is a 1998 movie based on the Nicholas Evans novel of the same name. It depicts an accident that kills a girl and her horse and seriously injures another girl and horse. Those deaths and injuries inform all aspects of the rest of the nearly three-hour story. The surviving girl and horse both undergo gentle but firm therapy, and the famous Robert Redford-directed piece epically covers their slow and painful progress with beauty and eloquence. Profanity includes "s--t," "hell," "damn," "Jesus," "Christ," and "SOB." Finding one's place in the world, letting go, and the nature of love are all themes, which lead to a married woman deciding if she values her family above her personal needs.

Sexual Content

A man and woman who have been working together are suddenly aware they're attracted to each other, conveyed in long stares and a momentary touch. They kiss passionately fully clothed.


A girl and her horse are killed in a collision with a truck. The impact is blurred so the gore is minimized, but a horse's bloody wounds are shown. Another girl and horse are badly injured.


"S--t," "hell," "damn," "Jesus," "Christ," "SOB."

Social Behavior

It's important to find your place in the world. People should tell themselves the truth. Compassion, patience, and understanding can help pave the way to communication. No one can be in control all the time. It's important to let go of useless obsessions. When life gets difficult, don't give up and hide; stay and fight.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink wine.

  • 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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