The Belstone Fox is a 1976 English film written and directed by James Hill and starring Eric Porter, Jeremy Kemp, and Bill Travers. Based on the novel "The Ballad of the Belstone Fox," the film tells the story of a cunning fox who outwits the dogs that are hunting him. Picturesque views of the English countryside and sweeping shots of the natural landscape dotted with animals make the film appeal to nature lovers. A young fox is raised in captivity, and unbeknownst to it becomes the object of a foxhunt. Fortunately this fox is smarter than the rest and evades both the dogs and the owner. Foxhunts are now illegal in England, but when the film was made they were a popular sport. Part morality tale, the film speaks to animal rights as well as man's inability to recognize that animals are as much a part of the world as we are.