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War Horse

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Original title
War Horse
Running time
146 min.
United States United States
Lee Hall, Richard Curtis (Novel: Michael Morpurgo)
John Williams
Janusz Kaminski
DreamWorks SKG, Reliance Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Touchstone Pictures
War. Drama | I World War. Animals. Horses. Ensemble Film. Epic film. 1910s
Synopsis / Plot
Albert, the teenage son of a poor farmer, falls in love with a beautiful bay foal. When the horse, now nearly grown, is brought to auction, his father is the top bidder. Albert is thrilled and names the colt Joey, but his mother is dismayed—her husband's purchase leaves them without enough money to pay the rent. Albert trains Joey to be a plough horse so that he can earn his keep. But in 1914, when WWI begins, the army is looking for good horses and his father sells Joey without Albert's knowledge. Albert vows to find Joey one day and bring him home. Joey is bought by a kind officer, but as a war horse, he experiences the horror of battles in France. Though he endures many hardships, his courage touches the soldiers around him.

"War Horse" is based on Michael Morpurgo's novel of the same name, as well as a stage adaptation. Spielberg is producing with Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall and Revel Guest. Scribes Lee Hall and Richard Curtis are penning the adapted script. Set against the sweeping backdrop of the Great War, storyline charts the extraordinary friendship between a boy and a horse who are separated but whose fates continue to intertwine over the course of WWI.
2011: Academy Awards: 6 nominations including Best Film & Cinematography
2011: Golden Globes: 2 nominations: Best Film (Drama) and Best Music Score
2011: Satellite Awards: Best Cinematography. 8 nom. including Picture & Director
2011: NBR (National Board of Review): Top Ten Films of the Year
2011: Critics Choice Awards: Best Cinematography (ex-aequo). 7 nominations
2011: BAFTA Awards: 5 nominations, including Best OST
2011: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2011: Chicago Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Cinematography
2011: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
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