Seabiscuit

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Overview

Gary Ross' Seabiscuit comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The transfer does a fabulous job of capturing John Schwartzman's golden cinematography. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. French and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an excellent commentary track recorded by Ross and his friend Steven Soderbergh. They discuss the filmmaking process, editing techniques, the difficulty of ...
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Overview

Gary Ross' Seabiscuit comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The transfer does a fabulous job of capturing John Schwartzman's golden cinematography. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. French and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an excellent commentary track recorded by Ross and his friend Steven Soderbergh. They discuss the filmmaking process, editing techniques, the difficulty of shooting period pieces, and their techniques for working with various actors. They offer an entertaining look at the film. There is a documentary that goes into greater detail about the real history of the famed horse. Another featurette shows how Gary Ross got his vision from the page to the screen. A third featurette focuses on the various aspects of production. Lastly, there is a collection of photographs taken by star Jeff Bridges on the set. This is an excellent disc.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "Seabiscuit: Racing Through History": Historic newsreel footage of actual races and numerous interviews, including interviews with director Gary Ross and author Laura Hillenbrand; "Anatomy of a Movie Moment": Director Gary Ross shares his step-by-step filmmaking process of one sequence from script to screen (DVD exclusive); "Photo Finish: Jeff Bridges' On the Set Photographs": Actor and longtime photographer Jeff Bridges presents his own personal selection of photographs made during the filming of Seabiscuit; "Bringing the Legend to Life: The Making of Seabiscuit": In-depth guided tour of the filmmaking process from sets to casting, costumes, and more; Feature commentary with director Gary Ross and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
An impeccably produced throwback to Hollywood's Golden Age and one of the year's true sleepers, this superb drama is very much like its real-life equine inspiration: a little slow out of the gate but full of heart and great fun to watch. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s runaway bestseller, this is the mostly true story of Seabiscuit, an undersized racehorse who became a symbol of triumph over adversity to Depression-weary Americans during the '30s and '40s. Owned by millionaire Charles Howard Jeff Bridges, trained by former cowboy Tom Smith Chris Cooper, and ridden primarily by emotionally damaged jockey Red Pollard top-billed Tobey Maguire, Seabiscuit beat the odds time and again, becoming a champion even after being sidelined with a crippling injury, and ultimately making a fortune for his handlers. But this movie isn't just about the horse; it's about the three men who guided his destiny, men who weathered hardships and endured the loss of loved ones. Maguire is achingly vulnerable -- yet not always sympathetic -- as the half-blind jockey who never quite gets over being abandoned by his parents in the Depression's darkest days. Bridges, in his best performance in years, shines as the perpetually optimistic auto magnate who survives the death of his young son and the dissolution of his once-happy marriage to see both his business prosper and his racehorse become a phenomenon. Chris Cooper is nothing short of amazing as the grizzled old wrangler whose knowledge of horses is positively uncanny, and who laments the loss of his all-but-obsolete way of life. Writer-director Gary Ross limns these three characters in great detail, and the actors bring them to life beautifully. Carefully produced to be evocative of the period, Seabiscuit takes some liberties with the facts and tinkers with the chronology of actual events. But minor deviations from the historical record don't affect the fundamental truth that Seabiscuit was a remarkable horse who achieved fame in remarkable times, due to the efforts of remarkable people. Their joint success is no less inspiring today than it was more than a half century ago, and this movie is a loving tribute to that success.
All Movie Guide
Hollywood generally attempts to put its best foot forward on Oscar night. The academy traditionally selects as Best Picture a movie that people worked hard on and that will entertain the broadest possible audience. By that definition, Seabiscuit has all the elements of a nominee. Gary Ross has achieved greatness in practically all of the individual areas of production. The sets, the costumes, the lighting and the score have been lovingly crafted. The triumphant story of comebacks -- for a horse, for the characters, and for a country -- should appeal to anyone. The acting is top-notch. As star-crossed jockey Red Pollard, Tobey Maguire proves once again that he is arguably the best actor of his generation. There is a scene where he sees the horse again after both have been injured. He hobbles faster than he should to touch Seabiscuit and it is a fabulous piece of acting -- a perfect synthesis of physical movement, facial expression, and speech that makes the audience believe that this moment is happening to this character for the very first time. Chris Cooper is reliably wise and rugged as the mysterious trainer, and Jeff Bridges finds the perfect notes as both a gifted salesman and a grieving father. Even first time actor and respected jockey Gary Stevens manages to communicate a great deal about his character with very little screen time. While all of the excellent work in front of and behind the camera leads to some smashing entertainment, the film feels just slightly less than the sum of its parts. What it lacks is a sense of a personal stake from the filmmakers. They are making something from their heads and not their hearts, and while that does not diminish the achievement, it does make it something slightly less than art. Seabiscuit is old-fashioned Hollywood entertainment, in the best sense of the phrase. Perry Seibert
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Hollywood generally attempts to put its best foot forward on Oscar night. The academy traditionally selects as Best Picture a movie that people worked hard on and that will entertain the broadest possible audience. By that definition, Seabiscuit has all the elements of a nominee. Gary Ross has achieved greatness in practically all of the individual areas of production. The sets, the costumes, the lighting and the score have been lovingly crafted. The triumphant story of comebacks -- for a horse, for the characters, and for a country -- should appeal to anyone. The acting is top-notch. As star-crossed jockey Red Pollard, Tobey Maguire proves once again that he is arguably the best actor of his generation. There is a scene where he sees the horse again after both have been injured. He hobbles faster than he should to touch Seabiscuit and it is a fabulous piece of acting -- a perfect synthesis of physical movement, facial expression, and speech that makes the audience believe that this moment is happening to this character for the very first time. Chris Cooper is reliably wise and rugged as the mysterious trainer, and Jeff Bridges finds the perfect notes as both a gifted salesman and a grieving father. Even first time actor and respected jockey Gary Stevens manages to communicate a great deal about his character with very little screen time. While all of the excellent work in front of and behind the camera leads to some smashing entertainment, the film feels just slightly less than the sum of its parts. What it lacks is a sense of a personal stake from the filmmakers. They are making something from their heads and not their hearts, and while that does not diminish the achievement, it does make it something slightly less than art. Seabiscuit is old-fashioned Hollywood entertainment, in the best sense of the phrase.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
The movie's races are thrilling because they must be thrilling; there's no way for the movie to miss on those, but writer-director Gary Ross and his cinematographer, John Schwartzman, get amazingly close to the action.
New York Post
A thrilling, beautifully crafted, fact-based horse story that's not merely the summer's finest movie, but may well be the one to catch come Academy Awards time. Lou Lumenick

Hollywood generally attempts to put its best foot forward on Oscar night. The academy traditionally selects as Best Picture a movie that people worked hard on and that will entertain the broadest possible audience. By that definition, Seabiscuit has all the elements of a nominee. Gary Ross has achieved greatness in practically all of the individual areas of production. The sets, the costumes, the lighting and the score have been lovingly crafted. The triumphant story of comebacks -- for a horse, for the characters, and for a country -- should appeal to anyone. The acting is top-notch. As star-crossed jockey Red Pollard, Tobey Maguire proves once again that he is arguably the best actor of his generation. There is a scene where he sees the horse again after both have been injured. He hobbles faster than he should to touch Seabiscuit and it is a fabulous piece of acting -- a perfect synthesis of physical movement, facial expression, and speech that makes the audience believe that this moment is happening to this character for the very first time. Chris Cooper is reliably wise and rugged as the mysterious trainer, and Jeff Bridges finds the perfect notes as both a gifted salesman and a grieving father. Even first time actor and respected jockey Gary Stevens manages to communicate a great deal about his character with very little screen time. While all of the excellent work in front of and behind the camera leads to some smashing entertainment, the film feels just slightly less than the sum of its parts. What it lacks is a sense of a personal stake from the filmmakers. They are making something from their heads and not their hearts, and while that does not diminish the achievement, it does make it something slightly less than art. Seabiscuit is old-fashioned Hollywood entertainment, in the best sense of the phrase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2003
  • UPC: 025192328725
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,677

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tobey Maguire Red Pollard
Jeff Bridges Charles Howard
Chris Cooper Tom Smith
Elizabeth Banks Marcela Howard
Gary Stevens George Woolf
William H. Macy Tick Tock McGlaughlin
Kingston DuCoeur Sam
Eddie Jones Samuel Riddle
Ed Lauter Charles Strub
Michael O'Neill Mr. Pollard
Michael Angarano Young Red Pollard
Royce D. Applegate Dutch Doogan
Annie Corley Mrs. Pollard
Valerie Mahaffey Annie Howard
David McCullough Voice Only
Clif Alvey Angry Trainer
Michelle Arthur Marcela's Friend
Catherine M. Baeza Female Mariachi Band
George Baker Salvation Army Band
Mariah Bess Pollard Child
Robin Bissell Horace Halsteder
Samuel Bottoms Mr. Blodget
Cameron Bowen Pollard Child
Ben Campisi Clocker Man
Dyllan Christopher Frankie Howard
Jay Cohen Bugle Player
Raul Cuellar Male Mariachi Band
Dan Daily Saratoga Trainer
Aerial Delarosa Male Mariachi Band
David Doty Land Broker
Shay Duffin Sunny Fitzsimmons
James DuMont Reporter Lewis
Gina A. Duran Female Mariachi Band
Roger E. Fanter Pimlico Night Watchman
Borden Flanagan Farm Manager
Cynthia Reifler Flores Female Mariachi Band
Maria Luisa Fregosa Female Mariachi Band
Matthew Gillies Salvation Army Band
Ruby Guiterrez Female Mariachi Band
Gary A. Hecker Horse
José García Hernández Male Mariachi Band Leader
Eric Hernandez Male Mariachi Band
Jesse Hernandez Male Mariachi Band
Julio Hernandez Male Mariachi Band
Pedro Hernandez Male Mariachi Band
Sylvia N. Hinojosa Female Mariachi Band
William Hollick Bug Boy Jockey
Hans Howes White Horse Trainer
Michael Hunter Speed Dual Jockey
Peter Jason Reporter Max
Javier Juarequi Male Mariachi Band
James Keane Car Customer
Paige King Tick Tock's Squeeze
Anthony Klingman Boxing Match Referee
Jacqui Larsson Salvation Army Band
Noah Luke Pollard Child
Ken Magee California Doctor
Kevin Mangold Saratoga Jockey
Tarri Markel Female Mariachi Band
Daniel Martinez Salvation Army Band
Chris McCarron Charley Kurtsinger
Gary McGurk Tractor Worker
Dennis Meade Male Mariachi Band
Michael Ensign Steamer Owner
Matt Miller Pimlico Starter
Frank Mirahmadi Santa Anita Track Announcer
Fernando Moreno Male Mariachi Band
Mariana Nanez Female Mariachi Band
Paul Vincent O'Connor Bicycle Supervisor
Leticia Olmos Female Mariachi Band
Laura Pena Female Mariachi Band
Jose Ramirez Male Mariachi Band
Jamie Lee Redmon Pollard Child
Richard Reeves Radio Reporter Joe
Joe Rocco Jr. Bug Boy Jockey
Gary Ross Pimlico Track Announcer
Gianni Russo Alberto Gianini
Camilia Sanes Molina Rojo Woman
Andrew Schatzberg Newsboy
Michael B. Silver Baltimore Doctor
Pat Skipper Seabiscuit's Vet
Joshua Stanley Salvation Army Band
Danny Strong Young Jockey
Karla Tovar Female Mariachi Band
Tony Volu Racing Tout
John Walcutt Reporter Roy
Michael White Salvation Army Band
Ivan Wild Salvation Army Band
Technical Credits
Gary Ross Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Gary Barber Executive Producer
Anna Behlmer Sound Mixer
Roger Birnbaum Executive Producer
Robin Bissell Executive Producer
Lynn Christopher Set Decoration/Design
Patricia Churchill Co-producer
Cosmas Demetriou Set Decoration/Design
Bill Durrell Set Decoration/Design
William C. Goldenberg Editor
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Tobey Maguire Executive Producer
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Marshall Producer
Andy Nelson Sound Mixer
Andrew Neskoromny Art Director
Randy Newman Score Composer
Jeannine Oppewall Production Designer
Leslie Pope Set Decoration/Design
Bill Ryder Set Decoration/Design
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
Jane Sindell Producer
Adam Somner Asst. Director
Terri Taylor Casting
Allison Thomas Executive Producer
Randall D. Wilkins Set Decoration/Design
Debra Zane Casting
Laura Hillenbrand Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18
19. Chapter 19
20. Chapter 20
21. Chapter 21
22. Chapter 22
23. Chapter 23
24. Chapter 24
25. Chapter 25
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Bonus Materials
      Feature Commentary With Director Gary Ross and Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh
      Bringing the Legend to Life: The Making of Seabiscuit
      Anatomy of a Movie Moment
      Seabiscuit: Racing Through History
      Photo Finish: Jeff Bridges' On the Set Photographs
      The Longshot: A Special Message From Buick
      Promotional Material
         Seabiscuit Sountrack Spot
         Mastercard Spot
      Cast and Filmmakers Biographies & Film Highlights
         Tobey Maguire as Red Pollard
         Jeff Bridges as Charles Howard
         Elizabeth Banks as Marcela Howard
         Chris Cooper as Tom Smith
         William H. Macy as Tick-Tock McGlaughlin
         Gary Ross - Writer/Director
      Production Notes
      DVD-ROM Features
   Scenes
   Languages
      English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Feature Commentary With Director Gary Ross and Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: None
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Corny, but Good

    Everybody likes a success story, but this one goes way out of its way to make you sympathize with and root for the main characters. There's just something about it that's not quite right. Yes, the cinematography is very good and the movie is technically very well made, but the dialogue is extremely cheesy and the story tries to go in too many directions. The villians are almost cartoonish and the comic relief found in William H. Macy's character is more annoying than funny. The horse races are well shot and the horse probably gives the best performance in the movie as actors who generally turn in good performances are trapped in a bad screenplay. Overall, this is a good movie, but it is in no way worthy of its Oscar nomination.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST MOVIE EVER

    Seabuiscuit was an outstanding movie about an underdog horse that beats an outstanding horse against all odds. This movie will make you laugh, cry, and leave you in shock. I highly recommend this movie to anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    All American Hero's

    Engaging, deep, sensitive, brutal, uplifting!! Seabiscuit is a beautiful story of survival of three men and one beautiful animal. The Biscuit needs each man with their own individual strengths, and makes all three 'strong' again. Tobey is fantastic in the portral of Red, and I can't get enough of Chris Cooper!! Bridges is at his best, showing the very human side of 'BIG' business. Fabulous movie, fit for the entire family!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boo

    Cinematography doesn't necessarily make a movie. The entire movie is a shallow waste of celluloid, focusing on what happens instead of the emotions involved. It is a shame that the director of the Amazing 'Pleasantville' would do an awful, repetitive, boring piece of garbage like this; the worst movie of 2003, by far

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GRRRREAT MOVIE!!!!!!!

    This movie is so inspiring and heart warming. It is about a boy struggling with his life and a horse who is the same way. They meet and create a wonderful bond. They are both underestimated. The boy is blind in one eye and the horse is smaller than all the others. It gives you the courage to do anything you want to do and accomplish the impossible. They sure did!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    If you like Horses and racing this one is good

    really loved this film and I loved the horses!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I have not read many books that movies are based on but i read this one the book and movie were both phenomenal. The acting was superb.

    A very good story about a horse and man who no one thought would amount any thing and they surpassed all expectations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    I loved this movie. It was amazing!!! The story line couldn't have been better! I loved every second! I have always loved racing and this really captured how there is no such thing as a sure thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Standing Ovation

    I watched this film on pay-per-view in Las Vegas this past weekend. I cried, laughed out loud, and consider it one of the highlights of my trip. The acting is superb, the photography is marvelous, and the story itself is as hearwarming as they get.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    SEABISCIUIT REVIEW

    THE MOST HISTORICALLY CORRECT FILM EVER PRODUCED. THIS MOVIE ACCENTUATES THE AMERICAN SPIRIT AND HOW A DOWN ON HIS LUCK HORSE BROUGT SO MUCH JOY AND INSPIRATION TO AMERICANS CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DEPRESSION.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The American Dream Wins Again!!

    This is a brilliantly put together film of an event that captured America's imagination and inspired hope across a country struggling with dissappointment and economic hardship. The interweaving of the social times, the background music filled with tense emotion, the cinematography that somehow captured the throbbing energy of the horses and jockeys, alike, make this a film experience which is all too rare these days. Add to that the exceptional performances of a cast that breathed real life into this unique American event, and you have a film that stands far above anything else brought to us in a long, long time. I was overwhelmed by the artistry and emotion delivered by 'Seabiscuit.' Do not miss it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I loved it,

    It was a great story, And stayed quite true to the book. Not for very young kids but a good story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Horse Racing Plus So Much More

    It's not just a story about horse racing or an unusually large jockey that becomes successful. It's about two creatures who have been met with some misfortune, that when they finally come together, their lives gain new meaning and their spirits connect and energize each other as they encounter a life of racing together. This movie speaks more to the connection in spirit and love of animals to humans and vice versa, than horse racing. The dramatic racing scenes and to see and feel the passion for it in both jockey and horse, is amazing! Anyone who has ever felt completed by a pet and its companionship will identify with and love this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    sea biscuit, a story of courageous people and one great horse

    This is the best family movie I have seen inyears. Its the kind of story that touches your heart, I cried off and on all through it. I rarely do that when I watch a movie. Acting was great and photogtraphy, and of course the story were great. I know it probably wont win an academy award because they never give the award to the great movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    This was a great movie. It was touching ,heart breaking ,happy ,sad and heart wrenching movie. The cast slides right into their parts. I cryed in the middle of it. Most horse movies are sappy and down right stuipd. But Seabiscuit rises above the rest and leaves them in the backstrech. A great movie about a great horses. This movie is sure to become a classic. In this movie a long shot becomes a legend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    makes you want to saddle up!

    WOW-Tobey lost a bunch of weight to place this role and it paid off. The story was right on. When I sat in the theatre and watched this movie, I felt like I was at Santa Ana or the Kentucky Derby. You have to check this movie out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thrilling ture story blazes winners circle

    Movie with gorgeous scenery as background for even more exquisite horses. First rate acting and the glory of old California and the history of transportation. Bridges, Macy and Cooper are outstanding actors in this feel-good-when-you-leave film! Beautiful movie! Am reading this great story now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Good Film

    This isn't the great film it could've been and the book is much better but it is still very enjoyable. Its many good points even out the flaws. And the true story of Seabiscuit has so much heart to it that you can't help but be moved by this movie. This is a movie for everyone, not just horse lovers. It isn't about horse racing, it is about an amazing, spirited, undersized horse on a two year losing streak who finally meets the people who understand him and allow him to be the great racehorse that he is. I have always been bored by horse racing on TV and expected to be by the racing scenes in the movie but instead they made me a racing fan. They are filmed so that you feel like you're on a horse in the race and they bring home the danger, drama and excitement of horse racing. You could say those scenes give you a real rush. The movie is beautifully and lushly filmed. Finally, the movie did me a wonderful favor by not giving an epilogue at the end so I had to buy the book (which I hadn't planned to do) to find out what happened to everyone and so I came to read one of the best books ever!! It has so much more heart and soul than the movie - please give the book a try! It has been a bestseller since it's release 2 or 3 years ago and for good reason. You cannot fully appreciate this horse until you read the book because the movie really doesn't give you his complete picture. Still it is worth seeing - enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Moving and down to earth.

    Anyone who loves horses and racing will get a tug of the heart in this movie. Reality hits home how much every jockey puts his life on the line each race he mounts up for. Loved, loved it.

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