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The Red Pony

3 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Actors: Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Louis Calhern, Shepperd Strudwick, Peter Miles
  • Directors: Lewis Milestone
  • Writers: John Steinbeck
  • Producers: Lewis Milestone, Charles K. Feldman
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • Release Date: July 22 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00009NH9W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #106,540 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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By A Customer on Oct. 12 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Even though the box claims a digital transfer, the source elements must be poor. Sections of the film are too dark, and it is noisy and grainy throughout. This film needs a more serious restoration than provided here.
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It was a great movie and I watched it cause I read the boo
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa345981c) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3645fe4) out of 5 stars Beautiful and touching Sept. 14 2005
By Bomojaz - Published on
Format: DVD
Excellent screen version of John Steinbeck's short novel, with effective and renowned Aaron Copeland score to match. It's more than just a story about a boy and his love for his pony that gets sick and dies; it's about life and fitting in, about who we are and how we choose to be accepted. Everyone does a fine job on the screen. Best perhaps is Louis Calhern as Grandpa, who once led a wagon train across the plains. Robert Mitchum is the laconic ranch hand Billy Buck. Definitely worth a watch.
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa346c600) out of 5 stars Unhappy family working out its issues through horses Aug. 22 2005
By grrlpup - Published on
Format: DVD
I was told that this movie, unlike Steinbeck's original story, had a happy ending. Well... yes and no. At the very end of the film, everybody's laughing. (A little manaically, in my opinion.) But the movie is still about an unhappy family, and it's full of tense, strained scenes at the breakfast table. Nor does "happy ending" mean that we escape the bad things that happen in the book.

There were some nice wildlife and scenery shots of Steinbeck country, but I could have used more.

The children in the film, except for the main character, are horrible yelling little bullies. I took positive delight in their oppression by the very recognizable Wicked Witch of the West as their schoolteacher.

Robert Mitchum's character, who at first is presented as the hero who knows everything there is to know about horses, is gradually revealed as someone who promises more than he can deliver. The uncovering of his flaws and instability is very well done. In general, the movie avoids too much cliche (except in the hokey daydream sequences), and examines its own stereotypes (the old settler, the perfect horse trainer, the incompetent city slicker) in interesting ways.

The parents and grandfather are slightly strange characters, who give the little boy so many conflicting and unspoken commands that I felt very sorry for him trying to grow up in such a crazy environment. Yet it's all under the surface of a wholesome and respectable ranch life. Myrna Loy is cold and gives orders to everyone; she'd be right at home with a riding crop in her hand. She's in the middle between her husband and her father, who have little patience for one another. Mealtime scenes are authentically tense, if not exactly fun to watch.

Aaron Copland's music is given high billing, but if you've heard the suite, you've heard all the good stuff. A lot of the score is boilerplate with just a hint of Copland's style.

This movie is not for kids. It's quite disturbing in a subtle way that gets under your skin. I'll be thinking about it long after watching it.

The DVD has no features other than "play movie" and scene selection. The movie is in Technicolor.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3505978) out of 5 stars Poor transfer Oct. 12 2002
By A Customer - Published on
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Even though the box claims a digital transfer, the source elements must be poor. Sections of the film are too dark, and it is noisy and grainy throughout. This film needs a more serious restoration than provided here.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa352b750) out of 5 stars Very good movie, great musical score, so-so transfer July 22 2005
By Cuthbert J. Twiddle - Published on
Format: DVD
This is a fine family film with a first rate cast, based on Steinbeck's short stories of course. The score by Aaron Copland is just great, as is the photography by Tony Gaudio. It's one of the very few times Republic Pictures used Technicolor instead of their inferior two color Trucolor system. Even though the packaging proclaims "Digitally Mastered from the Original Film Negative", it's just so-so quality wise, about equal to the earlier Laserdisc release. Technicolor can and should look much better than this! The packaging also indicates the original theatrical trailer is included (as it was on the Laserdisc) but I couldn't find it on the DVD. Apparently Artisan just doesn't care much about their classic film library, unless John Wayne is involved, and even there some of the end product is mediocre (such as "The Quiet Man"). Don't hold your breath waiting for a restoration or special edition from these clowns. It's a very good film and the price is right. Buy it!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34612e8) out of 5 stars Red pony with white blaze makes boy blue... Jan. 4 2005
By Staci L. Wilson - Published on
Format: DVD
In an effort to connect with his son, Fred Tiflin (Louis Calhern) buys him a pony: A fantastic cinnamon red colored pony with a white blaze and a flowing creamy mane and tail. Fred is dismayed when young Tom (Peter Miles) turns to the ranch-hand (Robert Mitchum) instead of him for help in training the unbroken gelding and gets even more fed up when the pony, named Gabilan, becomes Tom's singular obsession. Drama and tragedy take center stage, but there is plenty of pony for fans of the Welsh breed. This movie was remade for TV in 1978, but somebody got the definition of "pony" confused with "foal" and a Thoroughbred colt was cast as Gabilan. Based on a short story called The Promise in a collection entitled The Red Pony by John Steinbeck.

Staci Layne Wilson