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Run Wild, Run Free (23-Jul-1969)

Director: Richard C. Sarafian

From novel: The White Colt by David Rook

Keywords: Outdoor Adventure, Horse

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Fiona Fullerton
10-Oct-1956   A View to a Kill
Gordon Jackson
19-Dec-1923 15-Jan-1990 Butler on Upstairs, Downstairs
Mark Lester
11-Jul-1958   Oliver!
Bernard Miles
27-Sep-1907 14-Jun-1991 Founder of the Mermaid Theatre, London
John Mills
22-Feb-1908 23-Apr-2005 Ryan's Daughter
Sylvia Syms
6-Jan-1934   The Tamarind Seed


John Mills   ...   The Moorman
Mark Lester   ...   Philip Ransome
Gordon Jackson   ...   Mr. Ransome
Fiona Fullerton   ...   Diana
Sylvia Syms   ...   Mrs. Ransome
Bernard Miles   ...   Reg
Paul Griffiths   ...   Young Philip Ransome


Review by Daniel Franklin (posted on 20-Mar-2009)

Run Wild Run Free is an extremely well done and entertaining film. It is the story of a young, autistic boy who is lonely, friendless, and mostly misunderstood by his parents. The boy, Phillip, (Mark Lester), spends his days wandering the moors alone until he is befriended by a retired colonel (John Mills) and the colonel's granddaughter (Fiona Fullerton). Not only does the film present a very interesting story, but is also a visual treat with the rugged beauty of the English moors as the backdrop. Run Wild Run Free can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. Copies of the film are somewhat difficult to find (I found a copy on ebay), but it's well worth the effort and a valuable addition to your film library.

Review by Rick Shaffer (posted on 2-May-2008)

It's been nearly 40 years since I saw this movie. Basically, I can recall that it was filmed on an English countryside. The father figure was mean and detached. The one scene I do recall is that when Mark Lester shows his father a picture he had drawn of a bear, the father says, "I never saw a bear that looked like that." The scene hurt my feelings. It's still as strong in my memory now as then! I believe the character played by Mark runs away or something. That's all I recall. Overall, the film was quite depressing and disturbing to me.

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