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MPAA Rating - G

    125 Minutes


Original Release Date:
    Sep 30, 1997

    Clarence Brown

    Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Donald Crisp, Anne Revere, Angela Lansbury

Movie Summary
Although National Velvet was the first starring role for 11-year-old Elizabeth Taylor, the early part of the film belongs to Mickey Rooney in the showier role of Mike Taylor, a headstrong English ex-jockey. Soured on life by a serious accident, Mike plans to steal from the country family that has taken him in, but his resolve is weakened by the kindness of young Velvet (Taylor). The two find a common bond in their love of horses. Velvet wins an unbreakable horse in a raffle, and enters the animal in the Grand National Sweepstakes. Though Mike is unable to ride the horse, he aids Velvet in her plan to disguise herself as a jockey; she wins the race...but the story isnt over quite yet. Costarring as Velvets mother is Anne Revere, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance Based on the novel by Enid Bagnold, National Velvet has been a child classic for over 50 years. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


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