Seabiscuit: American Experience

Seabiscuit: American Experience

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Seabiscuit: American Experience

Acknowledged as one of the greatest thoroughbred racehorses of the 1930s, Seabiscuit is the archetypal example of the extreme long shot who made good. Too squat, knobby-kneed, disheveled, and off-colored, the horse would have been written off as a total loss by anyone except the triumvirate of dedicated men who transformed this unpromising property into a winner: wealthy, stubborn owner Charles Howard, indefatigable trainer Tom Smith, and washed-up jockey Red Pollard, to whom Seabiscut represented the proverbial "last clear chance." So famous and popular that even President Franklin D. Roosevelt worked the horse's name into his public appearances, Seabiscuit also underlined the schism between the freewheeling, take-a-risk West Coast racing establishment and the snobbish, conservative East Coasters. Among the interviewees in this one-hour TV documentary is author Laura Hillenbrand, whose best-selling book Seabiscuit: An American Legend sparked a widespread revival of interest in the champion horse. Seabiscuit was originally a presentation of the PBS anthology American Experience.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2005
UPC: 0841887050814
Original Release: 2003
Rating: NR
Source: Pbs (Direct)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:00:00
Sales rank: 51,872

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interview with Stephen Ives; Superhorses gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Laura Hillenbrand Participant
Gene Smith Participant
Norah Christianson Participant
Jack Whitaker Participant
Farrell Jones Participant
Leonard Dorfman Participant
Helen Luther Participant
Gelo Hall Participant
Scott Glenn Narrator

Technical Credits
Stephen Ives Director,Producer
George Bunce Editor
Jake Diamond Editor
Margaret Drain Executive Producer
Michelle Ferrari Screenwriter,Teleplay
Joel Goodman Score Composer
Allen Moore Cinematographer
Eve Morganstern Producer
Eve Morgenstern Producer
Peter Nelson Cinematographer
Allan Palmer Cinematographer
Alan Palmer Cinematographer
Mike Reilly Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Samels Producer
Toby Shimin Editor
Robert Silverthorne Sound/Sound Designer
Buddy Squires Cinematographer
Anne Tate Associate Producer
John Zecca Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Seabiscuit
2. Introduction [7:56]
3. Hard Luck Heroes [4:22]
4. A Dangerous Contender [5:28]
5. The Hundred-Grander [8:39]
6. Living Your Life All the Way Up [5:24]
7. Seabiscuit-itus [4:46]
8. The Uses of Adversity [5:21]
9. A Two-Horse Extravaganza [3:17]
10. Four Good Legs Between Us [4:38]
11. A Great Surprise [1:41]
12. Credits [:07]

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Seabiscuit: American Experience 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This documentary is an excellent story of the courage and spirit of a truly inspiring horse: Seabiscuit. The story of Seabiscuit is dramatic, moving, and very much an American tale. Seabiscuit and his jockey triumph over incredible odds and the result gives hope to anyone in any era. Those who truly love horses and horse racing will not be disappointed by this documentary. There is a lot of vintage footage of Seabiscuit at rest and in action on the track. The most dramatic footage is of the race between Seabiscuit and War Admiral in 1938 and the Santa Anita Handicap race in the early 40's. The only disappointment is the fact that I couldn't be there to see Seabiscuit in action.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This documentary is excellent. It was amazing to see the actual race, from start to finish, of Seabiscuit beating War Admiral. I read the novel Seabiscuit and rented the movie. This documentary is the perfect complement to both. This horse was an amazingly gifted athlete and a pretty funny character, too.