King of the Wind

DVD Release: May 24, 2011
King of the Wind


Based on the Newbery Medal-winning novel by Marguerite Henry, King of the Wind is the courageous story of friendship and adventure starring a delightful cast of Richard Harris, Jenny Agutter, Glenda Jackson and Nigel Hawthorne.

An Arabian colt named Sham — born with both the mark of good and evil — becomes the charge of Agba, a young, mute boy. When Sham is sent away by the Sultan as a gift to the King of France, Agba, his groom, refuses to leave his side. Together the two begin a remarkable journey. Despite setbacks along the way, Agba pushes on, keeping his promise to provide the best care for his friend. As Sham grows, his speed and agility improve. He remains one of the best friends a boy could have but also becomes the renowned founder of the Thoroughbred line.

Dove Review

This movie is about a boy’s love for a horse. It is based on the novel by Marguerite Henry. It begins in 1727 in North Africa and the Arab boy, Agba, is beside himself with terror when a sword is almost used on a hurt colt. However, it lives and young Agba grows even more attached to it. They share adventures and many homes as the boy is forced to travel from place to place. His story resembles that of Joseph at times from the book of Genesis, as he is lied on and forced into difficult situations which he doesn’t deserve. He must also deal with being unable to speak, although his hearing and understanding are both excellent.

However, even after brief times of separation, he always seems to wind up reunited with Sham, the name given to his horse. The horse goes through many owners but it is always Agba who is faithful to him. Ultimately, Sham’s true strengths are revealed and he is pitted against another horse in a race which just might reveal why Agba believed in him all along.

Due to language, and a few incidents of violence, we are recommending this movie for ages twelve and above. This movie is rich with its portrayals of characters, both good and evil. “King of the Wind” soars in its storytelling and action sequences and families everywhere will enjoy it. It is not to be missed!

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: G/OMG-1; D-3; H-1; A-1; "Stupid Brat"-1; "Fool"-1
Violence: A horse is whipped or beaten in a few scenes; a man is hit in the head and ultimately dies; a boy is beat up; a boy throws water on another boy; a knife is drawn on a character; a horse kicks another horse.
Drugs: Drinking; a man smokes a pipe; medicine is taken; a few tavern scenes.
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: Several references to Allah, such as the wrath of Allah and if Allah allows and Allah be praised, racial term used as man is called a "filthy Arab" and a boy is called a "thieving Arab"; death and grief; a man's wrapped body is dropped into the sea; a few objects are stolen; a boy steals food out of hunger; a woman prays; a character is falsely placed in prison but is released.


Company: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Director: Peter Duffell
Genre: Adventure
Runtime: 102 min.
Starring: Richard Harris, Jenny Agutter, Glenda Jackson and Nigel Hawthorne
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter