The Horse Whisperer script
Synopsis: When teenage Grace (Scarlett Johansson) is traumatized by a riding accident that badly injures her horse, her mother Annie (Kristin Scott Thomas), a high-powered New York magazine editor, realizes Grace will only recover once the horse is healed. She takes them both to a secluded Montana ranch, where legendary "horse whisperer" Tom Booker (Robert Redford) begins to heal the horse, and also stirs long-dormant feelings in Annie that lead her to question her marriage and choice of career.

FADE IN:

A DREAM:

INT. STABLES; PILGRIM'S STALL - MORNING

Sunlight illuminates the darkened stable, highlighting the

contours of a magnificent HORSE (PILGRIM) in surreal, dream-

like imagery:
his legs, his muscles, his sheen, his mane...

his eyes. He shakes his head and stamps his feet. He seems

confined. Eager to run.

INT. STABLES - MORNING

Pilgrim bursts through the stall and runs out the stables

into a blinding white morning.

EXT. AN OPEN FIELD LEADING TO WOODS - BRIGHT MORNING

Whiteness. Snow and sky without any discernible line between.

Camera is POV, as if on the horse, riding through the

whiteness. Snow kicks up from the side. We hear the breathing

of the horse. As we travel on hills, through trees, we

experience of sense of wild, exhilarating freedom.

We hear the giggles of a GIRL (GRACE) on the horse. An

occasional line;

GRACE (O.S.)

Yeah, fly boy... that's it... go...

go... go...

END OF DREAM as we CUT TO:

INT. GRACE'S BEDROOM - MORNING

Grace awakens, calmly. Takes a breath. Slides out of bed and

stands before a window, overlooking a beautiful Connecticut

country house. We see a snow-covered field and distant woods.

Grace presses her faces against the cold, frosted window

eager to get out.

INT. MACLEAN NEW YORK APARTMENT - MORNING

Alarm rings, ANNIE MACLEAN awakens. She shuts the alarm and

scoots up in bed. She waits. Seconds later the television

across the foot of her bed turns on from a timer -- to a CNN

24 NEWS channel.

INT. HALLWAY/ANNIE & ROBERT'S BEDROOM - MORNING

Grace, fully dressed except for her boots, tiptoes past a

partially opened bedroom door. Her father ROBERT is asleep,

alone, on his huge king size bed.

INT. MACLEAN FARMHOUSE KITCHEN - MORNING

Grace is putting on her boots on a bench beside a back door.

She is wearing her mother's outfit. As she slides the boot

on, we see behind her a row of framed photos -- Robert, Grace

and Annie in happy times.

She slaps a note on the refrigerator, with a magnet -- "Gone

riding. Back around 10. Love, G."

EXT. MACLEAN FARMHOUSE, BACK ENTRANCE - MORNING

Grace slips on her jacket and hat as she comes down the steps,

her feet hitting the walk...

EXT. CENTRAL PARK - MORNING

Annie's feet hit the ground, running -- her breath showing

in the cold air. She passes other joggers with ease. She

crosses the street and heads for an elegant CPW building.

INT. MACLEAN'S NEW YORK APARTMENT - MORNING

Dressed in running clothes, Annie opens the door and picks

up several newspapers that were delivered. She carries them

into the kitchen and sets them beside a huge stack of

publications, magazines, papers, etc... Knowing she must

read all of them at some point, she breathes a disgusted

sign. She thumbs through the POST as she pours herself a cup

of coffee. Something catches her eyes and she snarls:

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)Say it

Nicholas Evans

Nicholas Evans is an English journalist, screenwriter television and film producer and novelist. Evans was born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, and educated at Bromsgrove School before studying at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford. more…

All Nicholas Evans scripts | Nicholas Evans Books

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Translation

Translate and read this script in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss this The Horse Whisperer script with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"The Horse Whisperer" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 24 Nov. 2017. <http://www.scripts.com/script/the_horse_whisperer_490>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!