International Velvet is an extremely fine film for (in the best sense) family audiences. Bryan Forbes wrote, produced and directed the sequel to National Velvet  in such a way as to provide sentiment, excitement and dual-level drama that should ring true with its target audience. Tatum O’Neal heads a strong cast as an orphaned teenager whose attachment to a horse leads to her own adjustment and maturity.
In the new script, the original Velvet Brown is now nearing middle age as a childless divorcee though happy in a relationship with Christopher Plummer, an author who provides her much emotional support. It’s Nanette Newman’s good fortune to play the role, and she does so excellently.
All this is to the good while O’Neal evolves from a hostile alien orphan to a high degree of adolescent maturity. Anthony Hopkins is excellent as the equestrian team trainer whose dedication to the sport will give contemporary audiences a graceful exposition of what is going on.