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War Horse charges into movie theaters

Here’s the trailer for Steven Spielberg’s latest movie, War Horse. I’m sure it will be a huge success and people will be shedding a lot of tears.

War Horse is very familiar to the British – it’s been a stage play in London and adapted for radio by the BBC. The story comes from a wonderful novel by Michael Morpurgo, and I mean wonderful. Morpurgo is some kind of genius. He writes books for children that deal with ‘adult’ subjects and does it brilliantly with never patronizing the reader. War Horse is a children’s book published in 1982 and it tells the story of horse in World War I.

The book is dedicated to three veterans of World War I who told the author of their experiences with horses during the conflict – Albert Weeks, Wilfred Ellis and Captain Budgett.

It’s mind-boggling that the British (and other nations) went into World War I with cavalry when enemy lines were equipped with barbed wire and machine guns.

The movie is released on 25 December in North America.

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