War Horse

War Horse

DVD - 2012
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Set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War, begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets; British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter.

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After reading Morpurgo's novel, make sure to watch this Oscar-nominated film, starring (among others) Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Emily Watson. This film's epic tale will give you a new perspective on World War I, and intimately introduces you to those on all sides of the war. Empat... Read More »


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BBQ_Chick
Apr 01, 2021

The beginning just dragged for me. I fast forwarded but still did not come to an interesting part so I gave up. Glad others enjoyed it but it wasn't for me. There wasn't a good hook.

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10000mefest
Aug 11, 2020

This Steven Spielberg movie is actually something of a love story between a young man and his horse. It's a beautiful story. If you're a horse lover, you'll love them even more after watching this very well produced tale.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 23, 2020

War Horse is the 2011 war drama that depicts the lengths one boy and his horse will go to be reunited together during World War I. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this film is visually stunning. The use of music with the perfect shots of the camera heavily adds to the emotion of the film. I really found myself getting attached to the characters and very invested in it's plot. The acting in this film was top notch. From Jeremy Irvine's Albert as he fearfully enters the horrific war to Niels Arestrup as a heartbroken grandfather, Hiddleston, Cumberbatch and more all combine their characters in a nice and well delivered package. I would highly recommend this movie and would watch again. 5 Stars
@Ruby_Tuesday of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Tony_Jeffers
Dec 21, 2019

The war to end all wars; and it might have been if the Republicans had not kept the United States from joining the League of Nations.
At least it was the last major war horses had to fight in; lucky them.

VaughanPLDavidB Dec 02, 2019

There will always be those who, having read the book, will say, "The book was better than the movie." I am not one of those people, at least not in this case. The book was written from the perspective and in the voice of the main character, Joey, the horse. Such unusual perspectives are possible in literature, but very hard to duplicate on screen. In order to that, the perspective of the horse would have to be given entirely in voice over, something a movie audience would accept from a human narrator, but not from a horse. So Steven Spielberg did the next best thing, by depicting as much empathy as possible between Joey and the people he encountered on his journey. The perspective of the war that Spielberg gives is idealistic and slightly sappy, but overall, it works quite well.

IndyPL_KristiS Feb 12, 2019

The grave of the 1st World War horse was one of the 1,000 plus sites in Britain given heritage protection status in 2017. The grave is in Halewood & Mereyside. Millions of horses, mules and donkeys died in the first world war; killed in combat, died of starvation, disease or exposure. This Steven Spielberg film is the story of one of these remarkable animals; 146 minutes; rated PG13; Beautiful Cinematography

rachsw Oct 19, 2018

I loved how it showed different sides of the war

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ausnos
Jul 28, 2018

Unlike the many positive reviews on here, I am a viewer that agrees with the negative comments posted online, particulary on imdb. As an animal lover, it did bother me to see a horse struggle during the plow scene at the beginning, and even throughout the war. I tried to find some shred of this movie to like, but I am afraid to say that I just don't share the same feelings as the majority here.

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CielyRanger
Mar 10, 2017

Heart-breaking, beautiful, and poignant, War Horse manages to convey suffering, sadness, heroism, courage, and innocence in one wonderful experience. Told through the eyes of a horse, characters are judged throughout by their actions rather than by whether they wear a uniform or what color it is. The movie avoids being political or explicitly anti-war, instead depicting candidly but with restraint the human dramas of WWI. It is certainly an emotional ride, but not fluffy or lightweight. Overall, it is bitter-sweet, and I definitely recommend it for anyone over the age of 10 or so (there are scenes of non-graphic but intense war violence, peril, and harrowing suffering of animals).

And there's Tom Hiddleston. And Benedict Cumberbatch. And a beautiful horse. Check, check, check. All bases covered.

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Davidf05
Mar 06, 2017

Another masterpiece from Steven Spielberg,as great as Empire of the Sun & Saving Private Ryan.

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Nov 20, 2012

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CielyRanger
Mar 19, 2015

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Numerous potentially upsetting scenes. Horses face neglect and succumb to exhaustion. Sympathetic characters die (offscreen, but emotional). A family has fights and a young man places himself between his horse and a gun.

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CielyRanger
Mar 19, 2015

Coarse Language: Very very brief, mild swearing. Hell and d**n.

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CielyRanger
Mar 19, 2015

Violence: Several sequences of bloodless but intense war violence.

Bieberlicous Jul 09, 2012

Other: btw the horse is fake. Someone is controlling it. Watch the special features.

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gerieowens
May 14, 2012

Other: very sad. many people die and horses are piled into corpses

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TheBigMan
May 11, 2012

Violence: War violence in the ending of the movie, pretty hard core stuff, but not crazy bloody or anything, just very realistic.

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gerieowens
Apr 04, 2012

Violence: Battle sequences

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gerieowens
Apr 04, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: shows horse's die and be worked to near starvation

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Deanna2000
Nov 12, 2013

sergeants talking:
1st guy:"What do you think of my new cap? Silk lining, I quite like it."

2nd guy:"I'm not sure it will make a lot of difference to the Germans."

1st:"Oh, I don't know about that, think about it. If your a Bosch and you have to choose which two caps you have to choose and you thought, Good lord, one of them is really wearing a very styish cap indeed. I think I am going to shoot the other one instead."

2nd""Or he might relatively think, I fancy that cap, I'm going to kill you first of all."

1st:"Hadn't really thought of that."

IreneReads Sep 26, 2012

"We'll be alright Joey. We're the lucky ones, you and me. Lucky since the day I met you" -Albert Narracott

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Monolith
Aug 19, 2012

(Joey has just been freed from being ensnared in barbed wire in No-Man's Land, by both a British and a German soldier, during a mini-truce) British soldier: "Look at that horse! Look at the muscles he's got! Them long legs! They're made for runnin', horses. Runnin' away from danger." German soldier: "Running away's all they have." British soldier: "And yet, we taught them opposite... Runnin' into the frey..." German soldier: "War horse." British soldier: "...War horse..."

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