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
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • July 19, 1978 (1978-07-19)
Running time
127 min.
Country United States
Language English

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.


The film follows the story of an Arizona girl, Sarah Brown (Tatum O'Neal), who is orphaned when her parents are killed in a car crash. She is sent to England to live with her aunt Velvet Brown (Nanette Newman) and Uncle John (Christopher Plummer). 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 her Aunt Velvet has bought him for her. Sarah aptly names him "Arizona Pie" (combining the name of his sire and the state in which Sarah lived). 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 and moves back to America with him. At the conclusion of the film she gives her Olympic gold medal to her Aunt Velvet. Sarah introduces her fiance by saying: "Scott, I would like you to meet my parents".



  1. ^ "International Velvet (1978) | BFI". Retrieved 2014-06-07. 

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