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War Horse (2011)

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Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

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Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Lee Hall (screenplay), Richard Curtis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 72 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irvine ... Albert Narracott
Peter Mullan ... Ted Narracott
Emily Watson ... Rose Narracott
Niels Arestrup ... Grandfather
David Thewlis ... Lyons
Tom Hiddleston ... Capt. Nicholls
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Maj. Jamie Stewart
Celine Buckens ... Emilie
Toby Kebbell ... Geordie Soldier
Patrick Kennedy ... Lt. Charlie Waverly
Leonard Carow ... Michael
David Kross ... Gunther
Matt Milne ... Andrew Easton
Robert Emms ... David Lyons
Eddie Marsan ... Sgt. Fry
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Storyline

On the outbreak of the First World War, Albert's beloved horse 'Joey' is sold to the Cavalry by his Father. After being sent to France, in a bid to survive, Joey has an unexpected journey across war torn Europe. Albert enlists in the British Army, and is wounded during the Battle of the Somme. Whilst recovering in Hospital, he learns of a Horse, found in no mans land.

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Separated by war. Tested by battle. Bound by friendship.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of war violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | India

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caballo de guerra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$66,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,515,402, 25 December 2011

Gross USA:

$79,884,879

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$177,584,879
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Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second time David Thewlis has acted in a movie whose star was a horse. The other was Black Beauty (1994). See more »

Goofs

When Lt. Waverly and Captain Nicholls are discussing the new caps, Nicholls says "...I fancy that cap. I'll kill you first of all." The shot changes to show Waverly's reaction. Here, Nicholls's jaw can be seen moving as if he's speaking, but nothing is spoken. See more »

Quotes

Base Camp Officer: [capturing Maj. Stewart and his soldiers in their attack on a German camp after its thick defenses defeat them] What? You think a garrison on open grounds would go UNDEFENDED? Look at yourself! Who do you think you are?
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The Scarlet and the Blue
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Spielberg's thoughtful horse story
10 November 2011 | by brad-graiserSee all my reviews

Greetings IMDBers,

I was lucky enough to see War Horse as a sneak preview in Atlanta and it was certainly a treat to behold. Steven Spielberg's latest historical adaptation tells the story of a forlorn connection between a young English lad and his courageous horse. Instead of discussing the plot, I would rather elaborate on the artistic elements, that make War Horse really shine.

War Horse does a superb job of creating an emotional connection between the audience and the horse; taking us through a myriad of experiences, both tragic and triumphant. Visually speaking, Spielberg's direction and the cinematography are as majestic as the horse itself. There are long sweeping shots of the expansive English countryside combined with an endearing Williams score. It is Spielberg's most thoughtful presentation in quite some time. Additionally, Spielberg has captured some glorious color saturation reminiscent of Gone With the Wind. Despite some plot holes in the narrative, this film really shines as wholesome cinematic storytelling. It is classic Spielberg, with a captivating story to boot.I am certain this film will be very popular during the holiday season although it may not capture the imagination of the Academy. All in all, a treat for the eyes and a heartwarming story. What else could you ask for?

Brad


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