International Velvet

D: Bryan ForbesĀ 
MGM (Bryan Forbes)
UK 1978
125 mins


W: Bryan Forbes [based on characters created by Edith Bagnold]
DP: Tony Imi
Ed: Timothy Gee
Mus: Francis Lai
PD: Keith Wilson
Cos: Deborah L. Scott

Nanette Newman (Velvet Brown), Tatum O'Neal (Sarah Brown), Anthony Hopkins (Capt. Johnson), Christopher Plummer (John Seaton)

Belated, unnecessary sequel to 1944's National Velvet. Grand National winner Velvet Brown is now grown up, but her unruly teenage daughter not so much, but she is soon tamed when she gets involved in equestrianism and becomes a showjumper.
The soap opera approach makes this drama feel flat, with wishy-washy dialogue and televisual production values. A handful of the performances are fine and the pacing whinnies along, but all in all it's not a thoroughbred piece of cinema and certainly nowhere near as good as the original.

Tatum O'Neal in International Velvet
Tatum O'Neal in International Velvet