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Horse Whisperer, The (1998)
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
For a disturbing accident scene
Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill, Dianne Wiest, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones, Ty Hillman, Catherine Bosworth, Austin Schwarz, Dustin Schwarz, Jeanette Nolan, Steve Frye, Don Edwards
Nicholas Evans, Eric Roth, Richard LaGravenese
14-year-old Grace MacLean (Scarlett Johansson) is emotionally and physically scarred after suffering a terrible riding accident while astride her prized horse, Pilgrim. Realizing that the fates of her daughter and the horse are inextricably linked, Grace's mother, Annie (Kristin Scott Thomas), launches an all-out campaign to find a "horse whisperer," someone with a unique gift for curing troubled horses. She learns of Tom Booker (Robert Redford) known to be a legend for this sort of work and packs up both Grace and Pilgrim to seek his help in Montana.
While Tom works to rebuild all the lives that have been shattered by the accident, love blossoms between the gentle horseman and the uprooted sophisticate, a love with both wonderful and tragic consequences.
Horse Whisperer, The (1998) | Review
Tom Booker: Like Jesus, For Horses
I started the movie Saturday night at around 8:30 p.m.with my wife and oldest son, Josh. Now that is Josh's bedtime so I'm not sure why we let Josh watch it with us, but I think it has to do with the fact that he shares my fascination with horses. The first ten minutes or so are disturbing, but Josh gutted it out and ended up loving the movie as a whole. He made a great observation about halfway through the movie, "Tom Booker is like Jesus, but for horses." Wow, out of the mouths of babes indeed! Obviously any attempt at saying Jesus is like so and so is going to break down somewhere and Tom Booker is no exception. But Josh was on to something.
See the film adaptation ofThe Horse Whispereris all about a family, the MacLeans, and their horse Pilgrim. The MacLeans' daughter, Grace, is a trick rider and her horse is Pilgrim. She and her best friend go out on a snow ride and end up in a horrific accident with a logging truck. Grace's best friend and her horse are killed, while Grace and Pilgrim survive, but are marred physically and emotionally from the trauma. Pilgrim is not the same. He ends up being very wild and unmanageable even with Grace. Grace loses most of her leg and cannot get over the trauma of losing her best friend and her horse's trust.
Her mother recruits the aid of Tom Booker, aka The Horse Whisperer. He famously tells her that he doesn't "help people with horse problems, he helps horses with people problems." Throughout the movie as Tom is rehabilitating Pilgrim, those watching realize the rehabilitation that needs to go on within their own hearts. Grace's father, Robert, has a great line that goes something like, "As I watched Tom working on Pilgrim, I realized I'm just like that horse." Robert was referring to his own brokenness and how he had a chance to be rehabilitated as well.
He didn't want to be in a bad marriage with his wife, Annie, anymore and he said it out loud. Annie didn't want to be as driven as she was and she said it out loud. Grace didn't want to feel like the accident was all her fault and she was no use to anyone anymore. She also said all these things out loud. At one point in the movie Tom says, "Knowing is the easy part, saying it out loud is the hard part." The ordeal changed this family. It made them confront all that they knew was wrong within themselves and say it out loud. Only then could they start making it right.
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