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Academy Award winners Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney star in this children's classic about the friendship that develops between a headstrong jockey and a young English girl as they work together to turn an "unbreakable" horse into a champion.
© 1944 A Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: National Velvet makes the most of a breakout performance from Elizabeth Taylor, delivering a timeless family-friendly tearjerker that avoids straying into the sentimental.
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Common Sense Says
Great family movie; even better for horse lovers.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that National Velvet, an appealing family film released in 1944 and set in 1920s England, presents two strong female role models, both of whom succeed in fields of sport that had not been previously open to their gender: long-distance swimming and British horse-jumping. It's a movie with strong messages about dreams, risk, determination, and honesty. The only mildly frightening moments come when the preteen heroine faints, when she falls from her horse, and when the horse is ill for a time. In one lengthy sequence set during the Grand National race, a number of horses and their riders fall (in wide shots), but almost all quickly get up; no injuries are seen or referenced. A young man confesses his responsibility for a riding accident years earlier in which someone was killed. The same young man is seen drinking beer with two cronies, and he gets very drunk.
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Genre:Drama, Family
- Release Date:December 14, 1944
- Audio Format:Stereo
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