International Velvet (film)

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International Velvet
International Velvet - Poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Bryan Forbes
Produced by Bryan Forbes
Written by Bryan Forbes
Based on National Velvet
1935 novel 
by Enid Bagnold
Starring Tatum O'Neal
Nanette Newman
Anthony Hopkins
Christopher Plummer
Jeffrey Byron
Sarah Bullen
Richard Warwick
Music by Francis Lai
Cinematography Tony Imi
Edited by Timothy Gee
Production
company
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • July 19, 1978 (1978-07-19)
Running time
127 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $7,009,238

International Velvet is a 1978 Metrocolor dramatic film. It is a sequel to the 1944 classic National Velvet. The film stars Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Hopkins and Nanette Newman.[1] The film received mixed reviews. International Velvet was partly filmed at Birmingham University, England.

Plot[edit]

The film follows the story of a teenage girl from Cave Creek, Arizona, Sarah Velvet Brown (Tatum O'Neal). Sarah is the daughter of Velvet's younger brother Donald Brown. Sarah is orphaned when Donald and his wife are killed in a car accident. Velvet becomes Sarah's legal guardian after the death of her brother and sister-in-law. Sarah is sent to England to live with Velvet Brown (Nanette Newman) and Velvet's boyfriend John (Christopher Plummer). After the events of "National Velvet" Donald got married, had Sarah, and moved from England to Arizona.

When Velvet was a similar age to Sarah, she and her horse, The Pie, entered the legendary Grand National horse race and won; however, she was instantly disqualified because she was an adolescent female. The Pie is ultimately put out to stud upon his retirement. He sires his last foal after Sarah's arrival in England. Sarah and Velvet are present for the birth of this foal and Sarah eventually decides that she'd like to purchase him. She later finds out that Velvet has bought him for her. Sarah aptly names him Arizona Pie (combining the name of his sire and Sarah's home state).

She shows enough talent to be selected for the British Olympic team, where she is the junior, but she does well under the stern guidance of Captain Johnson (Anthony Hopkins). Sarah lives up to her dream and enters the Olympic Three Day Event helping Great Britain win the team competition. She falls in love with an American competitor named Scott Saunders and moves back to America with him. At the conclusion of the film Sarah is engaged to Scott and she gives her Olympic gold medal to Velvet. Sarah eventually returns to England and introduces Scott to Velvet and John.

Cast[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Edwina, Malvolia, Mr. Brown, Mrs. Brown, and Mi aren't seen or mentioned in the movie.
  • Because she fell off of The Pie during her pregnancy Velvet is unable to have children and her ex-husband left her after Velvet had a miscarriage as a result of her accident.
  • Elizabeth Taylor who played Velvet in "National Velvet" did not return for "International Velvet".

Novel[edit]

In 1992, 14 years after the movie was released Bryan Forbes's novelization of "International Velvet" became available on May 7, 1992.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "International Velvet (1978) | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  2. ^ International Velvet

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