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?
This Steven Spielberg film was released in the same year as another Spielberg movie, The Adventures of Tintin (2011) and both were Oscar nominated. But the film represents another double Spielberg losing year at the Oscars. This movie received six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture whilst The Adventures of Tintin (2011) got one nomination. Both films failed to win an Oscar. In 2006, Spielberg also had two movies Oscar nominated, Munich (2005) and War of the Worlds (2005). Both those two films also failed to win an Oscar that year. Spielberg had a double Oscar winning year in 1994 with Schindler's List (1993) (won 7 Oscars) and Jurassic Park (1993) (won 3 Oscars). Read More