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The Impossible True Story
Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery - with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin - manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.
I love this film, like I love Phar Lap. It's not about the film, the script, the actors for me, it's about the horse. I have never seen anything like this. Frankel comes close, but I don't think Frankel would get the distance of The Belmont Stakes, and not in the same manor that Secretariat won it.
What Secretariat did in the Belmont was astounding, 31 lengths, a record time which still stands 37 years later. Sheer Class!
As for the film, it's a decent cast and they all do a good job. It's well shot, the music is a little weak, I think it needed something with a little more power like Big Red!
I enjoy it for the Triple Crown races alone! Stunning horse!
¨This is not about going back. This is about life being ahead of you and you run at it. Because you never know how far you can run unless you run.¨
Secretariat is one of those rare sports movies that manages to hook your attention and maintain the suspense despite knowing how it will turn out at the end. It`s impossible not to fall in love with this horse and his story. Disney was the right choice for the production of this film considering their success with other family friendly sport films like Remember the Titans. Secretariat was voted as one of the best athletes of the century (number one on the list if we don`t count human performances), and…
A poorly directed racing film with feminine zingers and overly posed group shots.
The Reverence: Throwing popcorn in the air in an overly unenthusiastic manner.
Wonderful! I just love a good underdog story, especially if it's true.
Technically speaking, this movie has some minor flaws in its execution, mainly surrounding the story of Penny Chenworth Tweedy and her struggle to maintain her family unit while saving the family horse farm after her parents die, while inserting herself into the male-dominated "Sport of Kings". Those aspects feel as though they are spread thin between the central story component of Secretariat's rise to Superhorse status and Triple Crown immortality. Having said that, I can't think of another way to tell both aspects of that story any better. Her personal struggles are as important to the story as Secretariat's remarkable triumphs on the track. Maybe one more rewrite on the script would have tightened it up a little?
This is the story of “Big Red,” better known to the world as Secretariat and arguably the greatest racehorse of the 20th century. But it’s also the story of perseverence, of having a dream and following it against all odds. Diane Lane portrays the horse’s owner with grit and determination. John Malkovich has a wonderfully kooky role as the trainer (gotta love the hats). It’s unbridled Disney and good entertainment at top form from start to finish, delivered at a brisk pace. Don’t miss the bonus features on the DVD to see the real people behind the champion.
This movie tugs at the heartstrings so much, you might go into cardiac arrest.
I will say, I just wanted less of the humans and more of the horse(s). The horse(s) playing Secretariat should have had a special Oscar category for him. He was so magnetic and fascinating any moment he was on screen.
And then there were people and we didn't care, except for the few moments where Malkovich spat out insults in his Malkovichian delivery.
Yes, horses get an automatic extra star. Comes from my childhood love of Black Stallion.
great story based on real story. if you love horses...
Secretariat isn't about a horse. Or a jockey. Or a trainer. It's about a horse owner, an upper-class housewife. There's not much in jeopardy even if the film will relentlessly strive to assure you everything is. Any number of Disney films do better at paying tribute to the animal. This one venerates the person who owned it. Secretariat was a Time cover story. You don't sense that watching this. Rather than showcasing the greatest racehorse ever, they opted the rich owner could be the underdog.
When Penny Chenery, wife and mother of four, learns that her mother has died she travels from her home in Denver to her parents horse farm in Virginia. When she gets there she discovers that her father is getting sicker and the death of his wife is making it even worse. Penny then soon learns that the farm is in a extremely poor financial state so she decides to take her father's place at a coin flip for who will get the offspring of two select horses. When Ogden Phipps wins the coin toss he chooses the wrong horse and it turns out that Penny is left with the horse that will give birth to Secretariat, who they call Big…
This horse racing biopic comes from the Walt Disney stable and stars Diane Lane and John Malkovic. When a housewife's father can no longer run his horse farm she takes over and trains a horse to win the big horse achievement thing.
Like most films based on historic events there seems to be a fair amount of “artistic licence” involved here with characters removed or amalgamated and changing of certain facts. Hollywood and Disney in particular like a nice piece of feel good cheese and that is what we end up with here. There is nothing revolutionary or impressive about this film or it's message but it is well enough made. Neither the race sequences or the approach to the balance the main character has to strike between her family and professional lives stand out either which is a real shame as you would have thought they were the unique points of this film.
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