Original Australian Daybill Movie Poster The Black Stallion 1979
The Black Stallion is a 1979 American adventure film based on the 1941 classic children's novel The Black Stallion by Walter Farley. But the film starts in 1946, five years after the book was published. It tells the story of Alec Ramsey, who is shipwrecked on a deserted island with a wild Arabian stallion whom he befriends. After being rescued, they are set on entering a race challenging two champion horses.The film is adapted by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg and William D. Wittliff. It is directed by Carroll Ballard. The movie stars Kelly Reno, Teri Garr, Hoyt Axton, Mickey Rooney, and the Arabian horse Cass Ole. The film features music by Carmine Coppola, the father of Hollywood producer Francis Ford Coppola, who was the executive producer of the film. The film received two nominations for the Academy Awards: Mickey Rooney was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Robert Dalva was nominated for Best Film Editing.