War Horse

7.22 h 26 min2011X-RayPG-13
HD. Steven Spielberg's epic World War I drama centers on a young man who embarks on an extraordinary journey to be reunited with his horse.
Steven Spielberg
Emily WatsonDavid ThewlisPeter Mullan
English [CC]
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Niels ArestrupJeremy Irvine
Steven SpielbergKathleen Kennedy
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4.7 out of 5 stars

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luvmypupsReviewed in the United States on May 3, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fabulous story, amazing film
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Originally saw this movie on the Christmas Day it was released (2011) and there was not a dry eye in the theater. Bought it this past Christmas to watch with my now teenage daughter and she loved it as well. The second time through still brought an occasional tear! The story line is exceptional, the acting is fabulous and Spielberg once again raises the bar for cinematic genius. I am not sure how many horses were used to play "Joey", but as horse people, it was fun for us to spot the "actor" changes. The story chronicles the life of Joey, not first person as Black Beauty did, but chapter by chapter throughout the course of World War I in England and Europe. Throughout the script, we see how many lives Joey touches, and the film also very thoughtfully, poignantly, and victoriously reveals the culture and mindset of the time. Well worth two hours on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn and a box of tissues!
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BlakeReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible movie
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Idea is terrible. Story is terrible. The German's have bad English accents. The Italian's have bad German accents. I've worked with horses for a long time. I've worked with many who have great "cattle sense". That doesn't mean they are this intelligent. I've ridden horses that spook at branches waving in the wind. It's a Disney movie. The same company that brought us The Fox and the Hound and Lady and the Tramp. Animals don't have the emotions Disney wants to to believe.
11 people found this helpful
mitchell greenReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible Movie
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What was Spielberg thinking. Lets see how many ways I can come up with to be cruel to a horse? I get that during the war this was a true fact and that many animals were worked to death, But to glamorize it and then call it entertainment? I think not. You spend half the movie watching this poor animal being brutalized waiting for the happy ending. Now I'm no animal rights nut or anything like that But this is not what I call an entertaining film. War is hell and men fight and men die (women too) but they have the free will to make that choice. This poor horse and others like it did not.Anyway that's just my 2 cents about how I wasted $2.99 to witness it in all its heart wrenching glory...
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LuvBooksReviewed in the United States on May 31, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Beautiful and Extremely Emotional Movie
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Despite the handful of 1-star reviews, nearly all of them having nothing whatsoever to do with the movie itself and rating it, but complaining about technical dificulties when watching it online (why not just buy the DVD in the first place???) this is such a gorgeous and moving story that I've watched it several times since first buying it back in 2013.

First, I saw it while on an airplane and was trying hard not to cry in front of others on the plane, then when I got back home I bought the DVD from Amazon, watched it again and cried several times, then each successive viewing has made me cry.

Someone did a remarkable real life job of training that horse no matter the actual horse's age when playing the part! The things the very young horse could do, and then the adult horse as well. I don't know how many different horses played that role but it was fantastic.

A very moving movie as was proven on the airplane and at home. By the way, the BEST movies are shown on airplanes! I have no idea why they pick the best but I've a big list of movies first watched on airplanes, followed by buying the actual movie myself. And watched every one of them several times so far.

I just love and will continue loving "War Horse."
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BAT-505Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
This is NOT the best movie of the year. And I will tell you why..
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This movie had a lot of potential to become a best movie of the year..BUT..they never gave this particular horse .the honor it deserved..this movie was given the title.."WAR HORSE "..and was to tell a story about THIS horse..of what it was forced to become,..and do..and....served its wounds during its time in combat service in WW1..and yet,.was not
Shown or given any honor..especially..by the young man that had raised and bonded with him..before the war..infact..the only one to get any honor at all ..was the young man..and that ..was from his father..at the End..infact.
The young man didn't even have a
Quiet moment alone...with his horse. after identifying and proving that this was his horse at the army hospital..SO..this was truly NOT ..the movie that it was hyped up to be..and was very disappointed...NOW..IF YOU TRULY WANT A TRUE STORY ABOUT A SPECIAL HORSE..THEN..
or ( " HIDALGO ) these are great movie and true stories..and these
Are movies that you will watch over and over..instead of just once
And forget about it. AND.THAT,..is always a waste of MONEY....and
" HIDALGO"..YOU will Learn a little history about a horse breed called " MUSTANG " and that name was adopted by two famous industries..the FORD INDUSTRIE..THE MIGHTY FORD MUSTANG...AND THE U.S.AIR FORCE.." THE P-51 C,..D,..E, AND F
cylvReviewed in the United States on July 25, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a wonderful, inspiring movie and yes
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Near unknown I happened to see it was produced by Steven Spielsberg, that even another on the making of it. What a wonderful, inspiring movie and yes, I watch many, few equal this. Have watched 5 times now, nothing changes in quality of feeling it gives or cast, GREAT FILM! Now, 7 times, each time is same reaction from me, but then I do respect and love animals. Yet even the son was truly outstanding. A film so well make, a family movie (rare as that is) and it doesn't just tell a story but teaches children on treatment of animals. I well know that part, I've had many, all kinds of animals, they were all kind, good, well behaved and understood everything I would tell them.
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Zak.BReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not many good WW1 films out there
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Historians refer to the Korean War as the Forgotten War. I have always felt that title belonged to WW1, at least when it comes to modern cinema. WW2 seems to take up all the screen time. Great footage of the trenches and chaos of the battle of the Somme. Great film that finds its way through several separate stories that allow the view to experience different aspects of the war. It is not a perfect film but does brings to light how important animals, especially horses, were to each nations war efforts. Over 8,000,000 million horses died during the Great War. Im not saying the loss of animal life is a bigger deal than the loss of human life in the war, but the use, need, and loss of horses is usually overlooked.
5 people found this helpful
LJReviewed in the United States on December 21, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I was expecting this to fit in with my blu Ray collection, many of which have multi disc combos. I know it’s a nitpick, but it’s nearly 2019 and everyone is moving to blu rays. This case is awkwardly set in an old dvd style case.
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