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Black Beauty (1994 film)

Black Beauty
Black Beauty original theatrical poster
Directed by Caroline Thompson
Produced by Peter MacGregor-Scott
Robert Shapiro
Written by Novel:
Anna Sewell
Caroline Thompson
Starring Alan Cumming
Andrew Knott
Sean Bean
David Thewlis
Jim Carter
Eleanor Bron
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Alex Thomson
Editing by Claire Simpson
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 29, 1994
Running time 88 min.
Country USA / UK
Language English

Black Beauty is a 1994 film adaptation of Anna Sewell's novel by the same name, directed by Caroline Thompson in her directorial debut [1]. It was released in 1994 and stars Andrew Knott, Sean Bean and David Thewlis. The film is also treated as an autobiography of the horse Black beauty as in the original novel, and is narrated by Alan Cumming as the voice of the 'Black Beauty' [2]. This is the fifth feature film adaptation of the 1877 classic novel by Anna Sewell [3].



  • Alan Cumming as Black Beauty (voice)
  • Andrew Knott as Joe Green
  • Sean Bean as Farmer Grey
  • David Thewlis as Jerry Barker
  • Jim Carter as John Manly
  • Peter Davison as Squire Gordon
  • Alun Armstrong as Reuben Smith
  • John McEnery as Mr. York
  • Eleanor Bron as Lady Wexmire
  • Peter Cook as Lord Wexmire
  • Keeley Flanders as Dolly Barker
  • Adrian Ross Magenty as Lord George
  • Lyndon Davies as Head Groom
  • Georgina Armstrong as Jessica Gordon
  • Gemma Paternoster as Molly Gordon
  • Anthony Walters as Alfred Gordon
  • Ian Kelsey as Joe Green (the older)


  • Black Beauty was Peter Cook's last film before his death in January 1995.
  • James Cosmo's scenes were cut from the film.
  • Black Beauty was played by a Quarter Horse stallion named Docs Keepin Time, who played the role of another famous fictional black horse - The Black in Adventures of the Black Stallion. Black Beauty was also played by few other horses throughout the movie including a Saddlebred mare and Fresian as well.
  • This movie was shot entirely in England.


The film's score was written by Danny Elfman and was released on CD on Warner Bros.' Giant Records label.


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