Run Wild, Run Free

Run Wild, Run Free is a 1969 British drama film directed by Richard C. Sarafian and starring John Mills and Mark Lester. The film was written by David Rook, based on his novel The White Colt, and shot on location in Dartmoor, Devon, England.[3]

Run Wild, Run Free
Theatrical film poster
Directed byRichard C. Sarafian
Produced byAndrew Donally
John Danischewsky
Monja Danischewsky
Based onThe White Colt
1967 novel
by David Rook
StarringJohn Mills
Mark Lester
Music byDavid Whitaker
CinematographyWilkie Cooper
Edited byGeoffrey Foot
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


John MillsThe Moorman (Colonel)
Mark LesterPhillip Ransome
Gordon JacksonMr. Ransome
Fiona FullertonDiana
Sylvia SymsMrs. Ransome
Bernard MilesReg
Paul GriffithsYoung Phillip Ransome


A. H. Weiler of The New York Times wrote: "If it is not a milestone in its genre, its cloying quotient is decidedly low. As a dissection of the rapport between two youngsters and a couple of wild animals in a largely uncomprehending world, it has enough honesty and genuine sentimentality to move mere grown-ups too."[4] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three stars out of four and called it "a sensitive and beautiful film, and probably ideal for kids from about the fourth grade up."[5] Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune also gave the film three stars out of four and wrote, "On the face of it, the film seems pat ... But the well-written script departs from tradition and gives us a story full of unpredictability and insight."[6] Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times wrote: "Quite unabashedly, Run Wild, Run Free celebrates the power of love, yet it happily avoids the treacle — except for an overripe score — that characterizes most pictures about children and animals. It pulls out all stops emotionally but gets away with it because it has simplicity and intelligence."[7] The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote that "Richard Sarafian's combination of generally pedestrian images with a quivery, quavery wild-heart-of-Dartmoor sensitivity suggests some uncertainty as to whether the picture is aimed at the pony club set, or their more susceptible mothers and grandmothers."[8]

See also


  1. "'Run Wild, Run Free' Will Open at New Fox". Los Angeles Times. May 23, 1969. Part IV, p. 21.
  2. "Col's 'Run Wild' Preem Fit For a Princess". Variety. May 28, 1969. 2.
  3. Run Wild, Run Free (1969) - Filming locations
  4. Weiler, A. H. (July 24, 1969). "Rustic Simplicity Theme Of 'Run Wild, Run Free'". The New York Times. 25.
  5. Ebert, Roger (December 3, 1969). "Run Wild, Run Free". Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  6. Siskel, Gene (December 1, 1969). "Run Wild, Run Free". Chicago Tribune. Section 2, p. 20.
  7. Thomas, Kevin (May 28, 1969). "'Run Wild, Free' on New Fox Screen". Los Angeles Times. Part IV, p. 11.
  8. "Run Wild, Run Free". The Monthly Film Bulletin. 36 (426): 149. July 1969.

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