WAR HORSE (2012)
A film by Steven Spielberg.
Cast : Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis.
Dartmoor,1914: To his wife’s dismay farmer Narracott buys a thoroughbred horse rather than a plough animal, but when his teenaged son Albert trains the horse and calls him Joey, the two becoming inseparable. When his harvest fails, the farmer has to sell Joey to the British cavalry because he owed money to the landlord and he is shipped to France where, after a disastrous offensive he is captured by the Germans and changes hands twice more before he is found, caught in the barbed wire in No Man’s Land four years later and freed. He is returned behind British lines where Albert, now a private, has been temporarily blinded by gas, but still recognizes his beloved Joey. However, as the Armistice is declared Joey is set to be auctioned off. After all they have been through will Albert and Joey return home together? well I know the end is predictable but it is a great movie from Steven Spielberg. The closing shot Of war horse will stir emotion in every movie lover.A lone rider is seen far away on the horizon. The rider approaches and dismounts. He embraces a woman and a man. They all embrace the horse’s head. It is a classic ending like they used to make them back in the day in those John Ford Western. I believe it is a homage to John Ford and to hollywood tradition of making movie the movie though is for every one to enjoy.
Steven Spielberg’s first film to be edited digitally. He has famously held onto editing traditionally; his editor, Michael Kahn, has edited nearly all of Spielberg’s films on a Moviola.
Based on both a children’s novel of the same name set during World War I, by Michael Morpurgo, first published in the United Kingdom in 1982, and the 2007 stage adaptation, also of the same name.
Fourteen horses played Joey during the movie. The “main” acting horse in the film, Finder, also portrayed Seabiscuit in the movie about the famous racehorse.
Finders Key, the horse and real star of War Horse was last ridden in a race by actor and professional jockey Kevin Mangold, finishing in 5th place at 77 to 1 odds.
Specially designed mud was used to make the battle scenes look authentically filthy. Someone did a lot of Pooh pooh!
Production filming took place under the codename ‘Dartmoor’. Dartmoor is the location in Devon where the film was predominantly shot. When Joey is trapped in barbed wire, the wire used was rubber prop wire when a real horse was used. Part of the filming of this sequence utilized an animatronic horse.
This movie utilized about 5800 extras and background artists. What is the difference between extras and background artist? there the same thing they want to be called background artists duuuuhhh!!!!!!
This Steven Spielberg film was released in the same year as another Spielberg movie, The Adventures of Tintin and both were Oscar nominated. But the film represents another double Spielberg losing year at the Oscars. This movie received six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture whilst The Adventures of Tintin got one nomination. Both films failed to win an Oscar. In 2006, Spielberg also had two movies Oscar nominated, Munich and War of the Worlds. Both those two films also failed to win an Oscar that year. Spielberg had a double Oscar winning year in 1994 with Schindler’s List (won 7 Oscars) and Jurassic Park (won 3 Oscars).