Review: ‘The Black Stallion Returns’

The Black Stallion Returns is little more than a contrived, cornball story that most audiences will find to be an interminable bore. Much of the charm and innocence of the original are absent here as now young teen-hero Kelly Reno follows the unlikeliest of searches through the Sahara Desert for his devoted horse.

The Black Stallion Returns is little more than a contrived, cornball story that most audiences will find to be an interminable bore. Much of the charm and innocence of the original are absent here as now young teen-hero Kelly Reno follows the unlikeliest of searches through the Sahara Desert for his devoted horse.

A band of supposed ‘good guy’ Moroccans steal the horse in order to bring him back to his real home in the deserts of nothern Africa (where he will run in a once-every-five-years horse race) much to the chagrin of the ‘bad guy’ Moroccans who represent a supposedly evil tribe.

Robert Dalva, who edited The Black Stallion serves as director here but doesn’t manage to convincingly merge the feelings of fantasy and reality that made the first film so charming.

The Black Stallion Returns

Production

Zoetrope. Director Robert Dalva; Producer Tom Sternberg, Fred Roos, Doug Claybourne; Screenplay Richard Kletter, Jerome Kass; Camera Carlo Di Palma, Caleb Deschanel; Editor Paul Hirsch; Music Georges Delerue; Art Director Aurelio Crugnola

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Kelly Reno Vincent Spano Allen Garfield Woody Strode Ferdy Mayne Teri Garr
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