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''The Horse Whisperer'' is the name of a 1995 novel by Nicholas Evans and of a 1998 film adaptation of it. The latter was directed by Creator/RobertRedford. The main stars were Redford himself (directing himself for the first time onscreen), Kristin Scott Thomas and Creator/ScarlettJohansson.

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''The Horse Whisperer'' is the name of a 1995 novel by Nicholas Evans and of a 1998 film adaptation of it. The latter was directed by Creator/RobertRedford. The main stars were Redford himself (directing himself for the first time onscreen), Kristin Scott Thomas Creator/KristinScottThomas and Creator/ScarlettJohansson.

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* WakingNonSequitur: Subverted; the first thing Grace says when she wakes up in the hospital is "Judith".


* AdaptationDistillation: Several things, but perhaps most notably is how Annie and Tom in the film never do more than kiss, while in the book they slept together several times.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Several things, but perhaps most notably is how Annie and Tom in the film never do more than kiss, while in the book they slept sleep together several times.

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* CryIntoChest: Grace does this twice. First, after a bitter argument with her mother (after it's revealed she tried to ride a horse again without asking anyone's permission), and Annie is leaving, Grace starts crying and asking aloud, "Who's going to want me?", at which point Annie comes back and hugs her as Grace continues to cry. The second time, it's to Tom when Grace finally tells him about the accident.


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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Zigzagged. On the one hand, it is hard to believe no one would think of getting Grace a therapist to help her deal with the fact her best friend was killed and [[ItsAllMyFault she thinks she's responsible]]; on the other hand, it could be argued the trip to Montana itself is a form of therapy.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Several things, but perhaps most notably is how Annie and Tom in the film never do more than kiss, while in the book they slept together several times.


* AnimalMetaphor: Pilgrim, the horse who [[GoMadFromTheRevelation went mad]] after the accident symbolizes Grace's difficulties to have a social life after the loss of her leg. The training of Pilgrim parallels her mental recovery.

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* AnimalMetaphor: Pilgrim, the horse who [[GoMadFromTheRevelation went mad]] after the accident accident, symbolizes Grace's difficulties to have a social life after the loss of her leg. The training of Pilgrim parallels her mental recovery.

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* AnimalMetaphor: Pilgrim, the horse who [[GoMadFromTheRevelation went mad]] after the accident symbolizes Grace's difficulties to have a social life after the loss of her leg. The training of Pilgrim parallels her mental recovery.


* BettyAndVeronica: Annie (Archie) has to chose between her husband (Betty), who is a nice guy, a successful lawyer and a city-dweller like her, and Tom (Veronica), a rancher who does not want to leave the country and who is generally sarcastic with her.

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* BettyAndVeronica: Annie (Archie) has to chose between her husband (Betty), who is a nice guy, NiceGuy, a successful lawyer and a city-dweller like her, and Tom (Veronica), a rancher who does not want to leave the country and who is generally sarcastic with her.


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* NiceGuy: Robert [=MacLean=] is depicted as a good husband and father. See also IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.

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* MercyKill: {{Subverted|Trope}}. After the accident, the veterinary recommends to kill Pilgrim, who is badly injured. Annie rejects this proposal.

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* AdultFear: Robert and Annie [=MacLean=]'s daughter loses a leg because of a horse accident. Moreover, she suffers from depression.


* DefrostingIceQueen: Annie is a cold and successful businesswoman at start. Her daughter tells her that she treats everybody (including her daughter and husband) as her employees. Tom Booker will soften her cold demeanor during the course of the film.

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* DefrostingIceQueen: Annie is a cold and successful businesswoman at start.in the beginning. Her daughter tells her that she treats everybody (including her daughter and husband) as her employees. Tom Booker will soften her cold demeanor during the course of the film.

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* CoolHorse: Pilgrim. Even if he is badly injured, Joe Booker, Tom's nephew, acknowledges that it was a magnificent horse.


* BettyAndVeronica: Annie (Archie) has to chose between her husband (Betty), who is a nice guy, a successful lawyer and a city-dweller like her, and Tom (Veronica), a rancher who cannot leave the country and who is generally sarcastic with her.

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* BettyAndVeronica: Annie (Archie) has to chose between her husband (Betty), who is a nice guy, a successful lawyer and a city-dweller like her, and Tom (Veronica), a rancher who cannot does not want to leave the country and who is generally sarcastic with her.

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* BaitAndSwitchComment: When she gives comments about a project of magazine cover, Annie start saying everything is perfect, then she says it is dull, so it has to be scrapped.

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* {{Arcadia}}: In Montana, the people have a simple life. Two New-Yorkers and a horse recover from their emotional pains there.


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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Pilgrim, Grace's horse, goes mad because of the shock of the accident.

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