Buck

2011

Documentary

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IMDb Rating 7.6 10 3284

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Scarlett Johansson as Grace MacLean
Sam Neill as Robert MacLean
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1 hr 28 min
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1 hr 28 min
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Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

real whispering

Buck Brannaman is a horse whisperer in real life. He was hired as a consultant on Robert Redford's movie 'The Horse Whisperer'. His way of horse training comes from his mentors, his foster parents, and an early childhood of abuse from his drunken father. He and his brother were a young cowboy performing duo. At home, the siblings' only defender was their loving mother. After her death, the abuse got even worst until they were rescued by neighbors. Today, he travels around the country doing horse training clinics. He brings along his daughter Reata and her best friend Nevada Watt. The first thirty minutes are interesting. It goes through his troubled childhood, the movie, and introduces his horsemanship. The next thirty minutes get a little repetitive. It adds to his story but it's not until the last thirty minutes when a real scary horse shows up. That horse adds real tension and danger. Overall, this is a compelling personal story and doing interesting work. Horse lovers will really really love this.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 8 / 10

"God had him in mind when he made a cowboy..."

Well I have to admit, one of the things that drew me to this film when I noticed it at my local library was that the guy on the cover looked like Robert Duvall in his role as Boss Spearman from the movie "Open Range". I wasn't thinking documentary, but when I read the liner notes I thought it would be an interesting film to watch. It turns out that the real life story of Buck Brannaman could actually have been a Hollywood movie treatment. Raised along with an older brother by an abusive father after his mom passed away, the adult Buck Brannaman strikes you as a soft spoken but tortured soul who finds meaning and compassion in working with horses as his life's work. I can't say I remember the Brannaman Boys, Buckshot and Smokie from their Kellogg's Sugar Pops commercial, but I'm sure there are some who do. The picture makes mention of Brannaman's role as a consultant on Robert Redford's movie "The Horse Whisperer", and once again, it goes to show that sometimes a simple guy with common sense can get a job done after the 'professionals' have exhausted every effort only to end in failure.

The thing that bugged me about the picture was the way it left you hanging about brother Smokie - what happened to him? There was a present day photo of the Brannamans together during the closing credits, and it would have been helpful to learn that he didn't wind up a total wreck because of father Ace. As for Buck, it appears he successfully overcame his past to become a good husband and family man, even though his job keeps him away from home nine months out of the year.

I don't think you need to be a horse lover to watch this movie. It's message of love and compassion toward animals has equal application to that of everyday life with fellow human beings. If you do tune in, stick around for the closing credits for Buck's favorite joke told by his adoptive mother. I had never heard it before, and it's really funny. In fact, I'm still laughing.

Reviewed by ferguson-6 7 / 10

Cowboy Zen

Greetings again from the darkness. I made a point to attend the opening night of the film as its subject, Buck Brannaman, was slated to hold an audience Q&A after the film. Unfortunately, he was running a bit late, so we only got about 8 minutes of his time. Still, this remarkable man made an impression ... an impression of authenticity and realism. He may perform a "show", but his is no "act".

The inspiration for, and technical adviser on, the film "Horse Whisperer", Buck Brannaman explains early in the film that a horse views a human tossing a saddle on his back much the way he would view a lion attack. Such is the manner in which this man makes his points to the eager and often doubting horse owners who attend his clinics. Buck then proceeds to win over horse and human alike with wit, strength, character, kindness and toughness.

First time documentarian Cindy Meehl does a decent job of presenting the similarities of horse training and child-rearing. Buck's philosophy stems from the earlier work of Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt, but is further influenced by the less-than-stellar parenting tactics of his father. Buck and his brother Bill (stage name Smokie) were child rodeo stars who performed rope tricks under the firm hand of their dad. It is clear from the footage that they feared their father. In an unlikely twist of fate, the boys are rescued from the abusive environment thanks to the actions of a football coach and deputy sheriff. To fully understand the brave actions of these two men, one must take into account the normal custom in rural America of minding one's own business. These men didn't do that and Buck was given a new life.

Watching a quick clip of the "old" horse training techniques really brings home Buck's more gentle and understanding style. He stresses the importance of understanding the horse and being clear with one's affection and intentions. His flag waving and lead rope actions can win over a horse in a short time. The surprising part is that the horse's owner learns every bit as much as their horse. Buck is clear in that the issue with most "problem" horses can be tracked right back to the owner. The same can be said for most kids. Just as he says trying to bribe a horse with carrots and sugar leads to a spoiled, unresponsive horse, the same argument can be made for that type of parenting approach.

The frustrating part of the film is that it doesn't really climb inside the head of Buck. We see a glimpse of a man who has overcome childhood atrocities, but we also see a man who loves his family ... yet spends months at a time away from them. We see fire in his eyes as he addresses a horse owner who has the gall to keep 17 studs in her pasture. It's obvious he fights his own demons towards those who mistreat animals, yet as he lectures we wonder if his care is really for the horse more than the person. It was also strange that no real mention of his brother was provided in the film. We could say it's none of our business, but the film brings up the issue of childhood and then leaves us hanging on the brother.

Truly the inspiration to Buck's turnaround is his foster mother. She lights up the screen as she talks about Buck as a child and cracks wise with her observations and the telling of a joke. Her love for Buck is obvious and we hope he realizes just how fortunate he is to have had her in his life.

This is an inspirational man who is making a difference in the lives of people and horses. He has overcome childhood obstacles to make the world a better place. His cowboy philosophy is pretty simple. Everyone carries some darkness and baggage, and we can all make our own choices on whether to let that affect our value and enjoyment in life.

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