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In recognition of all the horses who participated in the Stampede, as well as Spruce Meadows recent North American show jumping contest, I thought it would be fun to look at the many titles that CPL has featuring man's second best friend. Several of these horse titles have been recommended previously under Guaranteed Embarrassement Free, but lets see what else we have.

Secretariat---Behind every legend lies an impossible dream. Witness the journey of Secretariat and the moving story of his unlikely owner, a housewife who risked everything to make him a champion. Includes bonus features.

The Horse Whisperer---heads up on the opening scenes, it is very intense, but the movie settles down afterward---good cast in this one.

The Man from Snowy River---there are several incarnations of this Aussie drama. My fave is still the original from 1982 with Kirk Douglas. There is also a series with the fine talents of Guy Pearce and Hugh Jackman.

Hidalgo---Set in 1890, this is the story of a Pony Express courier who travels to Arabia to compete with his horse, Hidalgo, in a dangerous race. This stars Viggo Mortensen fresh off his huge success as Aragorn in Lord of the Rings. It certainly isn't his strongest performance, nor the best movie, but the man sure knows how to sit a horse.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron---As a wild stallion travels across the frontiers of the Old West, he befriends a young human. Animated.

Seabiscuit---during the Great Depression this horse became an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many. Another very stron cast including Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire and Chris Cooper.

Lonely are the Brave stars Kirk Douglas as a modern day cowboy trying to maintain his fiercely independent lifestyle as civilization steadily encroaches upon him. This is a really good film and you'll be glad you gave it a look.

They Shoot Horses Don't They---despite this title it has absolutely nothing to do with horses, but I wanted to put it in somewhere and this was as good a place as any! It is a very compelling movie set during the depression and gives us a look at the strange phenomenon of dance marathons-4 months anyone? By one of my favourite directors, the late Sydney Pollack and starring Jane Fonda in an Oscar nominated role.

There is always the 1947 Fury with Spenser Tracy, National Velvet, and Black Beauty, which we have just got as a series.

by Moe


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