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Altrhough there are certainly examples that are exceptions, it seems that horse films such as My Friend Flicka generally tend to turn out better than many other animal genre films. Flicka is one of the best, a sentimental but not schmaltzy tale that will please animal enthusiasts as well as those just looking for a good family drama. It's Flicka's ability to effectively combine its animal side with its family drama side that makes it work so well; the two are naturally intertwined and play off of each other, instead of feeling grafted on or forced. And the trio of credited screenwriters have done an admirable job of creating solid characters rather than just types; even when those characters are having to fulfill the obligations of certain types, they do so in a manner that is convincing. And, of course, the basic story is simply enchanting. Credit must also go to Harold D. Schuster, whose direction is sure and capable, and especially to cinematographer Dewey Wrigley, whose lensing is magnificent throughout. The cast is also first rate, with young Roddy McDowall utterly captivating and Preston S. Foster and Rita Johnson just right as the two parents who take such a different view of their son. And, of course, there's the horse playing Flicka, a beauty with spirit and flare. Altogether, Flicka is a charming and enthralling film for the whole family. Craig Butler, All Movie Guide