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Misty

David Ladd , Arthur O'Connell , James B. Clark    G (General Audience)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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This 1961 family film, based on the novel by Marguerite Henry, inspired a generation of children to name their pet dogs, cats, turtles, and so on after the lovely colt of the title. Set on Virginia's coastal island of Chincoteague, the film begins on "Pony-Penning Day," an annual celebration that involves rounding up for auction wild ponies on neighboring islands. Two young children, a brother and sister (David Ladd, son of Alan, and Pam Smith), capture an elusive mare nicknamed Phantom and hope to take ownership of her colt, Misty. A stranger has other plans, however, setting his mind on buying both animals, and the disappointed kids turn to their sympathetic townspeople to find a way out of the dilemma. A great-looking film shot on location, Misty is an effusive adventure about that special, even mythic, bond between children and wild creatures. Performances are strong, the scenery is splendid, and the film lingers in the memory for a long, long time. --Tom Keogh

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Faithful to the Book Aug. 3 2002
Format:VHS Tape
Shot on location on Chincoteague and Assateague Island, this movie wisely sticks to the original souce material. Misty fans of all ages will want to see this movie so they can see the places mentioned in the book and watch a real Pony Penning Day roundup.
Both the book and movie characters were based on real people (and ponies). Misty was an equine celebrity with children all over America. After a storm nearly destroyed Chincoteague, the real Misty often appeared in theaters where this film was shown to raise money to rebuild the island.
Arthur O'Connell as Grandpa Beebe was a disappointment. He doesn't speak in the warm, grizzled ways like the character in the book and he doesn't even have a Southern accent.
The film was shot in CinamaScope and the video is formatted in pan-and-scan. There are many instances during the film where the cropped picture looks distorted because of this. If you really want to enjoy the beauty of this film, hold out for a widescreen version on DVD. It would be nice if future editions of this film also had a documentary about the real Misty and her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i haven't seen the entire movie yet Sept. 20 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
therefore, i can only make a general comment. i bought it because it is a beautiful "old fashioned" style movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Koch Vision and 20th Century Fox presents "MISTY" (4 June 1961) (91 ins/Color) (Dolby digitally remastered) --- It has a very Disney/family style, a very solid, down-to-earth plot, a lot of focus on animals and nature, a realistic style, subtle humor, smart pieces of dialog, a well meshed plot, a warm family feeling, and a happy ending --- the film is educational, in the same way that Disneyland used to be educational in the early 1960s: endless tidbits of knowledge are imparted via the dialog, such as that a "hand" is equal to four inches, or that a foal should not be fed sugar since that turns the horse into a biter, or that "breaking" a horse is different than "gentling" a horse --- It's hard to come away from the film without having learned more about horses, or without having developed more of an appreciation of horses. Also, the locations and history of the annual pony roundup are authentic, so a bit of geographical and historical knowledge is imparted, as well --- This is a solid family film that should still be enjoyable for all ages, especially for horse lovers.

Under the production staff of:
James B. Clark - Director
Robert B. Radnitz - Producer
Marguerite Henry - Book Author
Ted Sherdeman - Screenwriter
Lee Garmes - Cinematographer
Leo Tover - Cinematographer
Paul Sawtell - Composer (Music Score)
Bert Shefter - Composer (Music Score)
Frederick Y. Smith - Editor
Duncan Cramer - Art Director
Maurice Ransford - Art Director
Stuart A. Reiss - Set Designer
Walter Scott - Set Designer
Bernard Freericks - Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Nye, Sr. - Makeup
Stanley Hough - First Assistant Director

Story line and plot, Every year the Chincoteague fire department rounds up the wild ponies of Assateague.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Misty Oct. 30 2010
Format:DVD
grandchildren love this movie and watch it often, I loved it as well, how a horse want to be home among familiar horses
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book is better July 20 2002
Format:VHS Tape
We loved the book and the followup to this book. This movie is good but ends a little abruptly. Good for the whole family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Misty Of Chincoteague Nov. 15 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I just want to say that this is an inspirational film and that i liked it. Even though i like th book alot better, I love this story.I have all the books related to the book Misty of Chincoteague and now I wan't my own pony!
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