The Horse Whisperer

Released 1998


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Robert Redford (I)
The Horse Whisperer centers around the story of Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson) and her horse, Pilgrim. Both are severely traumatized in a riding accident; Grace has part of her leg amputated, and Pilgrim is so uncontrollable that the MacLeans are advised that the horse be put down. Grace's mother, Annie (Kristin Scott Thomas), refuses to let the horse be euthanized because she believes the recovery of Pilgrim and Grace are intertwined. Annie searches for a horse whisperer to heal Pilgrim's traumatized spirit, and consequently, Grace's depression over the accident. She finds Tom Booker (Robert Redford), he agrees, and Annie, Grace and Pilgrim must travel to a remote Montana farm to begin the process. Grace and Pilgrim slowly begin to heal, but during the process Annie starts to fall in love with Tom. When her husband (Sam Neill) shows up to check on the progress of Grace and Pilgrim, he can tell that Annie is in love with Tom. The Horse Whisperer is a complex and emotional film that examines sadness, love, commitment and honor.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Mr. Redford has found his own visually eloquent way to turn the potboiler into a panorama, with a deep-seated love for the Montana landscape against which his rapturously beautiful...

  • 80

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Directing himself for the first time, Redford has lavished his usual meticulous care on popular material that comes alive on the screen in ways that it never could on the page.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Robert Redford, who for the first time stars in a movie he's also directed, has taken this soap opera material and treated it like something inscribed on yak vellum by the Dalai Lama.

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