"The story of my life is the story of the people in it," reminisces an elderly stallion from his pastoral retirement. It's the first of many axioms - "Kind treatment makes fine horses", "Good people make good homes" - with which, over the years, he has fended off human unkindness.
A succession of owners is played by a dream-team of British actors: Sean Bean, Peter Davison, Peter Cook, Eleanor Bron and David Thewlis.
Sean appears as Farmer Grey in the first fifteen minutes of the film.
Source: "The Compleat Sean Bean"
Based on Black Beauty, Anna Sewell's much loved childrens classic. This re-telling is literally from the horses mouth, as the story is narrated by Black Beauty himself
The film commences with a retired contented "Beauty", secure and safe in a lush pasture. However as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that a horses lot can be a harsh one, and that "good people make good places"
Sean is in the opening segment of this film as Farmer Grey. He is the owner of Beauty's mother, and helps her to give birth to her foal. Farmer Grey is also instrumental in giving Black Beauty his first training, the first feel of the halter, and the dreaded cold metal of that first bit. Farmer Grey also helps Beauty to realise that horse and rider together can be "simply glorious".