This masterfully crafted drama is an inspiring tale of love, devotion, patriotism, loyalty and sacrifice, set against the tumultuous backdrop of World War I. The Narracott family are deeply impoverished, struggling to even feed themselves and their young son, while the wealthy seek to exploit them.
Ted is an alcoholic, and to everyone's dismay, he buys a thoroughbred horse rather than a plough animal that would be better suited for his family's farm in requirements, but when his teenaged son Albert trains the horse and calls him Joey, the two becoming inseparable.
Despite incredibly hard work, when his harvest fails, the farmer has to sell Joey to the British cavalry and he is shipped to France where, after a disastrous offensive he is captured by the Germans and changes hands twice more before he is found, caught in the barbed wire in No Man's Land four years later and freed.
He is returned behind British lines where Albert, now a private, has been temporarily blinded by gas, but still recognizes his beloved Joey. However, as the Armistice is declared Joey is set to be auctioned off. After all they have been through, will Albert and Joey return home together?
Did you know?
Emily Watson also starred in the similarly named The Water Horse (2007). In both films she played the mother of the title animal's human guardian during a World War (in "War Horse" the First, in "The Water Horse" the Second). Read More