NATIONAL VELVET is the poignant family story that made a young Elizabeth Taylor a star. Taylor excels as Velvet Brown, a 1920s working-class girl whose dreams of owning her own horse become a reality when she wins Pie, a wild and unruly horse, in a raf......more
NATIONAL VELVET is the poignant family story that made a young Elizabeth Taylor a star. Taylor excels as Velvet Brown, a 1920s working-class girl whose dreams of owning her own horse become a reality when she wins Pie, a wild and unruly horse, in a raffle. With the help of Mi Taylor (Mickey Rooney), a skittish, gun-shy ex-jockey, Velvet trains Pie to be a race champion despite the wishes of her loving but cautious parents (Donald Crisp and Ann Revere). Velvet's determination pays off, and the Brown family (including Angela Lansbury as Edwina, Velvet's sophisticated older sister) pools its money and enters the family pride and joy in the prestigious Grand National race, only to have its hopes dashed when the rider renegs--leading Velvet to do something extraordinary. This uplifting adaptation of Enid Bagnold's novel features stunning photography of coastal England and acclaimed crosscut editing that heightens the tension in the famous race scene. Young costars Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney are fabulous together, full of youthful charm and exuberance, ably supported by a first-rate ensemble cast.
I purchased this movie for my Mother as I'd never seen it before. It is a classic!!! Elizabeth Taylor is great and Micky Rooney is wonderful. Too bad they don't make'em like this any more! Highly recommend if you have kids or just want to see a good movie!
This movie is a classic! I could not believe I found it and for this price! This was my favorite childhood movie and thankfully I was able to find it so my future children can also enjoy it. This is such an inspirational story! I have been riding/owning horses since I was 6 years old and this movie honestly inspired it all. If you have a daughter, neice, or even you are looking for a great family movie this is it.
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