While traveling with his father, young Alec (Kelly Reno) becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion who is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on with his father (Hoyt Axton). When the ship tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a desert island. He befriends it, so when finally rescued, the boy and stallion return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey (Mickey Rooney), a once-successful trainer. And it turns out that the Black Stallion has hidden talent, beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.
The Black Stallion employs pure cinema – the power of sweeping visuals, sound design and score – to capture the mythic story of a boy, stranded alone on an island with the black stallion that saved his life. This is only one of three screenplays written by Melissa Mathison (who also wrote E.T.) – and is certainly one of the most beautiful and effective G-rated, family films of all time. So bring your kids or grand-kids !