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Another reminder that allowing your cast to madly improvise instead of actually providing a coherent script with a scintilla of inherent logic often leads to…
"Run Wild, Run Free" is a sensitive and beautiful film, and probably ideal for kids from about the fourth grade up. But I have my reservations about taking younger children to see it; not because there's anything "objectionable" in it, but because the youngsters simply might not understand it.
This is often one of the problems with family films. They're either so simple that they bore everyone above the age of 10, or they're difficult enough to puzzle the kids under that age. Some of the great story films ("National Velvet," for example) manage to span that fourth-grade generation gap. "Run Wild, Run Free" doesn't quite.
It's about a young English boy (Mark Lester) who has some sort of psychological block and hasn't spoken since he was very young. His compelling interest is in the wild animals of the moor, and eventually he sets his heart on capturing and taming a wild white pony he's seen.
This process occupies most of the film. He's aided by a crusty old moorman (John Mills) and an 11-year-old girl from a neighboring farm (Fiona Fullerton). And many of the scenes on the moor are breathtakingly beautiful.