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'War Horse' Stills

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By James RocchiSpecial to MSN MoviesAs Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" races on-screen, you may not know that this is a story with legs: It was a 1982 novel, then was adapted for the stage in 2007. It's about a horse, Joey, who is taken from his home and farm in Devon at the beginning of Britain's involvement in the First World War and soon finds himself interacting with soldiers and civilians, officers and innocents, on both sides of the conflict even as his owner Albert (Jeremy Irvine) joins up to fight for Britain while also, against all odds, searching for him. Director Spielberg has assembled an all-star cast of international actors for the film, and we thought that a brief guide -- to both the real actors in the parts and the characters Joey meets along his long, strange and perilous journey -- would be a help in following the changes and the role of chance and chaos in Spielberg's big-screen epic tale of love, bravery and honor. (Walt Disney Pictures)Like MSN Movies on Facebook
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