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The Black Stallion Returns
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Dalva
Produced by Fred Roos
Francis Ford Coppola
Tom Sternberg
Screenplay by Jerome Kass
Richard Kletter
Narrated by Hoyt Axton
Music by Georges Delerue
Cinematography Carlo Di Palma
Editing by Paul Hirsch
Studio United Artists
Zoetrope Studios
Distributed by MGM/UA Entertainment Company
Release date(s) March 25, 1983 (1983-03-25)
Running time 103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Money made $12 million (US)

The Black Stallion Returns is a 1983 film adaptation of the book of the same name by Walter Farley, and is a sequel to The Black Stallion. It is the only film directed by Robert Dalva. It was produced by Francis Ford Coppola for MGM/UA Entertainment Company. The film stars Kelly Reno, Vincent Spano and Teri Garr. The portrayal of The Black was shared between Cass Ole, the horse from The Black Stallion, and El Mokhtar.


Several odd occurrences, including a suspicious fire, happen at the farm where Alec Ramsay (Kelly Reno) and his mother (Teri Garr) stable Alec's horse, the Black. One night, the Black is taken away. Sheik Ishak (Ferdy Mayne) says he is responsible, claiming the stallion is his stolen property that he has retrieved, learning his whereabouts after the Black's win in the Match Race. The Black's real name is Shetan. After learning the sheik is returning the Black to his kingdom in the Moroccan desert, Alec stows away on a plane to Casablanca.

In Morocco, Alec is found on the plane and taken to the American embassy. The police intend to return him to the United States. At the stables, he makes some friends who disguise him as a local Casablancan. They take him to a man named Kurr (Allen Garfield) the leader of a rogue tribe called the Uruk, who is interested in the Black and Sheik Ishak. He allows Alec to travel with him and another man, but they abandon Alec in the desert after the truck breaks down. Alex is picked up by another truck driver. Aboard the truck, he meets Raj (Vincent Spano), who says the Black will probably compete in "The Great Race." The two become friends and travel across the desert on foot with Meslar (Woody Strode), Raj's friend and mentor. Then the Uruk kidnap Meslar, and Raj and Alec defend themselves against the harsh elements. After running out of water, they collapse but recover when they find a river. Raj's tribe discovers them, welcoming Raj home and Alec to the tribe. Raj takes Alec to the outskirts of Ishak's domain where he is reunited with the Black.

While attempting to retrieve the Black, Alec is apprehended by Ishak's men. He pleads his case to Sheik Ishak, who is sympathetic but will not give up the Black. He is racing the stallion in the "Great Race" with his granddaughter, Tabari (Jodi Thelen) as the rider. Alec insists the Black can only win if he rides him. Denied, Alec coaches Tabari, but the Black throws her off. Then, the Uruk led by Kurr, capture and Black and Alec to a hidden location. Alec escapes with the Black. As they flee, Alec discovers that Meslar is being held prisoner and gives him his pocket knife to cut his bonds. Alec and the Black escape to Ishak's. As a reward for safely returning the Black, Alec is allowed to ride him in the race.

On race day, Alec reunites with Raj, who is also competing. They and the other riders begin their run across the desert. The Uruk's rider tries to kill Alec, but he and the Black escape. Alec discovers that the Uruk's rider pushed Raj off his horse. He returns Raj's mount to him. Together, they race against the Uruk rider until Meslar appears and spooks the rider's horse, unseating him. Suddenly, Kurr chases Raj and Alec in his truck, shooting at them. However, the truck crashes into a ditch.

Alec wins the race, then pleads with Ishak to spare Raj's horse, despite the winning sheik taking any horses he chooses. Ishak grants the reprieve, which allows Alec to repay Raj for his kindness. Meslar returns with Kurr, his accomplice, and the Uruk rider, who are all taken prisoner.

Although Ishak gives the Black to Alec, he decides to leave his horse in Morocco, believing he belongs there.


  • Kelly Reno as Alec Ramsey
  • Vincent Spano as Raj
  • Allen Garfield as Kurr
  • Woody Strode as Meslar
  • Ferdy Mayne as Abu Ben Ishak
  • Jodi Thelen as Tabari
  • Teri Garr as Mrs. Ramsey
  • Hoyt Axton as Narrator (voice)
  • Cass Ole / El Mokhtar as The Black


Young Artist Awards

  • Best Young Motion Picture Actor in a Feature Film: Kelly Reno (nominated)
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