Carroll Ballard

The Black Stallion

The Black Stallion

A wild horse saves a young boy’s life after a terrifying shipwreck and the two become unlikely friends in Carroll Ballard’s cinematic tour de force, adapted from Walter Farley’s classic children’s novel. From the crystalline shores of a deserted island to the green grass and dusty roads of 1940s suburban America, Ballard and director of photography Caleb Deschanel create a film of consistent visual invention and purity, one that also features a winning supporting performance by Mickey Rooney as a retired jockey and a gorgeous score by Carmine Coppola.

Film Info

  • Carroll Ballard
  • United States
  • 1979
  • 117 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #765

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Caleb Deschanel, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Five short films by director Carroll Ballard, with new introductions by the filmmaker: Pigs! (1965), The Perils of Priscilla (1969), Rodeo (1969), Seems Like Only Yesterday (1971), and Crystallization (1974)
  • New conversation between Ballard and film critic Scott Foundas
  • New interview with Deschanel
  • New piece featuring Mary Ellen Mark discussing her photographs from the film’s set
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Sragow

New cover by Nicolas Delort

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Caleb Deschanel, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Five short films by director Carroll Ballard, with new introductions by the filmmaker: Pigs! (1965), The Perils of Priscilla (1969), Rodeo (1969), Seems Like Only Yesterday (1971), and Crystallization (1974)
  • New conversation between Ballard and film critic Scott Foundas
  • New interview with Deschanel
  • New piece featuring Mary Ellen Mark discussing her photographs from the film’s set
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Sragow

New cover by Nicolas Delort

The Black Stallion
Cast
Kelly Reno
Alec Ramsay
Mickey Rooney
Henry Dailey
Teri Garr
Alec's mother
Hoyt Axton
Alec's father
Clarence Muse
Snoe
Michael Higgins
Neville
Ed McNamara
Jake
Dogmi Larbi
Arab
Cass-Olé
The Black
Credits
Director
Carroll Ballard
Executive producer
Francis Ford Coppola
Produced by
Fred Roos
Produced by
Tom Sternberg
Based on the novel by
Walter Farley
Screenplay
Melissa Mathison
Screenplay
Jeanne Rosenberg
Screenplay
William D. Wittliff
Director of photography
Caleb Deschanel
Editor
Robert Dalva
Music
Carmine Coppola
Supervising sound editor
Alan Splet

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