Tagline: Simple story of a boy... a girl... and a horse
National Velvet, set during the second world war, follows Velvet (played by a 12-year-old Elizabeth Taylor), a girl with a passion for horses who wins spirited steed Pirate in a lottery. Velvet lavishes much love on the horse and, together with a vagrant former jockey named Mi Taylor, she begins to train for the Grand National.
Known for invoking sentiment and happy feelings, the feel-good film's excellence is Velvets single-minded determination, supported by her mother (Anne Revere, in an Oscar-winning role), as she fights to be taken seriously despite her age and gender.
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