The Black Stallion

Theatrical Release: June 15, 1991
DVD Release: September 10, 1997
The Black Stallion


While traveling with his father, young Alec becomes fascinated by a mysterious Arabian stallion that is brought on board and stabled in the ship he is sailing on. When the ship tragically sinks both he and the horse survive only to be stranded on a deserted island. Alec befriends the horse, so when finally rescued both return to his home where they soon meet Henry Dailey, a once successful trainer. Together they begin training The Black to race against the fastest horses in the world.

Dove Review

This is a nicely made film and a good story. A horse is found in the desert, off the coast of Africa, and a boy named Alec takes to him. He is warned to stay away from the horse and not to domesticate him. The boy and his father travel toward America with the horse on board. After a storm at sea which the horse survives Alec begins to win him over.

A man named Harry (Mickey Rooney), a former jockey, comes into Alec’s life and he begins to train Alec to ride the horse, by now named The Black. Alec rides the horse in a big race and you will have to watch the film to find out how it concludes. This is a good one for the family, with no scenes being overly intense and we gladly award it our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: G-1
Violence: Two horses rear up and attack one another; a man whips horse; a horse stomps a Cobra to save boy's life; some bloody hands are seen from using reigns; a man takes Alex's life jacket by knife point when ship is sinking in a very brief scene.
Drugs: None
Nudity: Boy in tub seen from shoulders up.
Other: The subject of mistreatment of animals and death are briefly dealt with.


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: Walter Farley and Melissa Mathison
Director: Carroll Ballard
Producer: Fred Roos
Genre: Children
Runtime: 118 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter