Dark Horse (1992 film)
|Directed by||David Hemmings|
|Produced by||Allan Glaser|
|Written by||Janet McClean|
|Starring||Ed Begley Jr.|
|Music by||Roger Bellon|
The plot focuses on new-girl-in-town Allison Mills, a teenager who recently lost her mother. When she hangs out with the wrong crowd, she gets into trouble and is sentenced to community service at a local stable. There she comes to love spending time with the animals until an automobile accident cripples her and her favorite horse Jet. The wheelchair-bound girl learns to overcome her handicap through the indomitable spirit of the horse, who overcomes the odds and runs again.
Hunter's story was inspired by an Arabian horse that was used as a double in the 1979 film The Black Stallion. After breaking his leg, the animal spent a full year recuperating in a sling. Although he never walked properly again, when set loose he could run with no problem.
Director Hemmings insisted on shooting in his home base of Sun Valley, Idaho, where he was surrounded by an entourage offering strong support. He drank heavily during filming, and often was barely functional at the end of the day. Producer Allan Glaser tolerated his erratic and boorish behavior only because the dailies were so good.
The film was shown at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival and received positive reviews. It was released theatrically in July 1992.
- Hunter, Tab; Muller, Eddie (January 1, 2005). Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star. Algonquin Books. p. 337-332. ISBN 978-1565124660.
- Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, pg. 338
- Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, pp. 341-343
- Film profile at Variety