I rarely write reviews, but this one is special to me. This movie was shown to my class when I was in middle school twenty something years ago, and it has been a great favorite of mine ever since. I waited for years to be able to purchase the book written by Sonora Carver, "A Girl and Five Brave Horses". It was out of print for a long time; used copies used to be over $100. Finally it was re-printed in paper back at an affordable price. The book is very different from the movie, however it is true that she went blind and continued to dive blind for years, and she did marry Al.
When I was in my late twenties, I had some partial vision loss due to leaking blood vessels in my eyes that caused scarring (a rare condition at such a young age). Thank God, I was extremely lucky that the treatment stopped the bleeding in time to preserve the majority of my vision, and I can still live a normal life. But during those first uncertain months of testing and treatment, this movie of course came to my mind, and it was helpful to know that vision loss or blindness doesn't have to mean your life is over. I suppose it was that experience that cemented this movie as an all time favorite for me, because I still watch it occasionally, and love it, after all these years. A touching, feel good movie with a happy ending, and family friendly.