War Horse

Oscar Nominee

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  146 min.
Release Date: December 25, 2011
DVD: April 3, 2012

Current rating: Rating: 4.32
based on 234 votes and 86 reviews
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Cast: Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irvine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Toby Kebbell

Inspiration: The Evolution of War Horse


Albert, the teenage son of a poor farmer, falls in love with a beautiful bay foal. When the horse, now nearly grown, is brought to auction, his father is the top bidder.

Albert is thrilled and names the colt Joey, but his mother is dismayed—her husband's purchase leaves them without enough money to pay the rent. Albert trains Joey to be a plough horse so that he can earn his keep.

But in 1914, when WWI begins, the army is looking for good horses and his father sells Joey without Albert's knowledge. Albert vows to find Joey one day and bring him home.

Joey is bought by a kind officer, but as a war horse, he experiences the horror of battles in France. Though he endures many hardships, his courage touches the soldiers around him.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Studio: Dreamworks Pictures
Producer(s): Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
Screenplay: Lee Hall, Richard Curtis
Official Site: warhorsemovie.com

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  • 3 stars "As much as I love horses and animals in general, this movie would be better if there was a time for us to make some connection to the characters´cause the most of them appear and die after a while. There´s one brilliant scene when the horse is running in terror over the barren, apocalyptic battlefield but the rest of the movie is quite mediocre. It might seem better to kids around 13 years though."
  • 5 stars "I loved war horse its one of those movies that you can never get sick of :)"
  • 5 stars "Loved it! Saw it @ school... I loved the horse and Jeremy!"