The Horse Whisperer

May 15th, 1998


The Horse Whisperer

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The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer to help the girl's equally injured horse.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 6.4/10 (19,136 voted)

Critic's Score: 65/100

Director: Robert Redford

Stars: Robert Redford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Neill

A teenage girl riding a horse is hit by a truck. To help heal her troubled/injured daughter, and horse, the mother takes them to Montana to recuperate at the ranch of a 'horse whisperer', a horse healer of mystical talents. The mother proceeds to fall in love with him, as well.

Writers: Nick Evans, Eric Roth

Robert Redford - Tom Booker
Kristin Scott Thomas - Annie MacLean
Sam Neill - Robert MacLean
Dianne Wiest - Diane Booker
Scarlett Johansson - Grace MacLean
Chris Cooper - Frank Booker
Cherry Jones - Liz Hammond
Ty Hillman - Joe Booker
Kate Bosworth - Judith (as Catherine Bosworth)
Austin Schwarz - Twin #1
Dustin Schwarz - Twin #2
Jeanette Nolan - Ellen Booker
Steve Frye - Hank
Don Edwards - Smokey
Jessalyn Gilsig - Lucy, Annie's Assistant

Release Date: 15 May 1998

Filming Locations: Baker, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,685,488 (USA) (17 May 1998) (2039 Screens)

Gross: $75,370,763 (USA) (11 October 1998)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Emma Thompson was originally tipped for the female lead.

Crew or equipment visible: As Pilgrim rears up when Liz the vet approaches him in the tunnel, a whip is briefly seen in the lower right hand corner.

[first lines]
Judith: [waves] Hello!
Grace: [waves] Hello!

User Review


Rating: 10/10

More so than "Horse Whisperer", the movie deals with life altering changes for the four characters (the mother, the father, the daughter, the horse whisperer) and the horse of course. Even the affair is positive. It helps Tom Booker get over his wife when he puts that record back in it's sleeve, and it helps Annie get off her so called "high horse attitude." It's a movie of changes for the better all around. Enjoyable, real, well done.The scenes interacting with the horse are wonderful. Sitting in that field waiting for the horse to feel comfortable enough to deal with Mr. Booker was an enormous hurdle. The best scene is after two and a half hours when Tom brings the horse down to Grace's level, so that they both rise together. That scene,is to joyfully cry for, and laugh yes.


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