Black Beauty is a 1994 American film adaptation of Anna Sewell’s black beauty book pdf by the same name directed by Caroline Thompson in her directorial debut. The film 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’. This is the fifth feature film adaptation of the 1877 classic novel by Anna Sewell.
He is born on a farm in the English countryside and remains by his mother’s side until he is sent to Birtwick Park to serve Squire Gordon and his family. Lady Gordon, the squire’s ill wife, is pleased by the beautiful horse and gives him his trademark name, Black Beauty. Beauty is smitten with the squire’s bitter chestnut mare, Ginger, who rebuffs his attempts to be friendly.
However, Beauty also befriends Merrylegs, a perky grey pony who gives rides to the squire’s young daughters, Jessica and Molly. When John tries to pull him to move, Beauty steadfastly refuses. When the bridge finally gives way, crashing into the river, John slips and falls in, but manages to hang on to Beauty’s bridle.
Beauty and the squire save John, and they again head off back home. Young Joe Green, who works in the stable, volunteers to look after Beauty that night. Joe’s lack of knowledge about horses causes him to give Beauty ice cold water to drink and to neglect to dry him off or cover him with a rug for overnight, which causes Beauty to fall ill. The following few days John, Joe, and the squire treat and nurse Beauty, and he recovers.