Horse Tales Collection [2 Discs] [DVD]

This box set presents a quartet of family-friendly features on the subject of horses, produced between 1961 and 2009. First on the list is 2006's direct-to-video saga Wind Dancer, starring Mel Harris and Matt McCoy in the story of a wheelchair-bound young girl who struggles to overcome her disability courtesy of her bond with a local horse. Wildfire - The Arabian Heart (2009) co-stars Alex Bartlett and Gary David Keast as it tells of Lindsey, a teenager who experiences romance and the thrill of horse racing during a visit to her traumatized uncle in the Midwest. 1961's Misty concerns a young brother and sister inhabiting an island off the coast of Virginia, who set their hearts and minds on capturing an elusive mare called Phantom, and end up raising her sweet-natured young colt. Finally, 1977's Mary White stars Ed Flanders (St. Elsewhere) and Tim Matheson (Animal House) in the saga of a middle-aged man who spends his days reflecting on the final year that he spent with his equestrian daughter, prior to her untimely death.
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Synopsis

Wind Dancer
Paralyzed after a riding accident, young Paige finds renewed hope after she attends a clinic where animals are used to help with the emotional recovery of patients such as herself. This inspirational and heartwarming drama centers on the initially embittered, depressed Paige's relationship with the extraordinary horse that restores her will to live. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Wildfire: The Arabian Heart
A teenage girl sets out on a cross country trip to visit her uncle in the Midwest, discovering that she has what it takes to be a true competitor after she's tricked into participating in a local horse race. All Lindsey knows about her Uncle Jack is that he lives on a ranch, and he's haunted by a past tragedy he never speaks of. Upon arriving at the ranch, Lindsey reconnects with her uncle and falls for handsome ranch hand Logan. But her greatest challenge is yet to come, because despite the fact that Lindsey has virtually no riding experience, she's hoodwinked into racing spoiled rotten Abigail at the upcoming county fair. Sometimes the trips we least want to take are the ones that can teach us the most about who we really are. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Mary White
Journalist William Allen White, the Pulitzer Prize-winning sage of Emporia, Kansas, lost his beloved 16-year-old daughter Mary when she was killed in a horseback-riding accident in 1921. The grieving White then wrote a newspaper editorial celebrating his daughter's life, which he printed in his own Emporia Gazette and which has since attained classic status. The made-for-TV Mary White uses the editorial as a reference point for a series of flashbacks, recalling Mary's last year on earth. The events are put in context with the social temper of the times, as both father and daughter fight against such exigencies as segregation and in favor of Women's Suffrage. Ed Flanders plays White, while Kathleen Beller is seen as Mary, and Fionnuala Flannagan portrays Mrs. White. Refreshingly free of phony sentimentality, the moving, inspirational Mary White premiered on November 18, 1977 ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Misty
Marguerite Henry's beloved novel Misty of Chincoteague is given a charmingly old fashioned cinemadaptation in this 1961 second feature. David Ladd (son of Alan) plays a pre-teen boy who with his sister Pam Smith live with their grandparents on a Virginia coastal island. Each year, the local citizens celebrate Pony-Penning day, when they round up the wild ponies on the neighboring islands to sell them at auction. Ladd and Smith capture a mare known as "Phantom" because it has never previously been corralled by the locals. The kids hope to buy Phantom's colt Misty, but are disheartened when a stranger purchases both colt and mare. With the help of the sympathetic townspeople, a happy ending is secured. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Mel Harris
    Mel Harris
  • Matt McCoy
    Matt McCoy
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    Raeanin Simpson
  • Brian Keith
    Brian Keith
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