Thursday 18 November 2010

Secretariat and other horse racing films

Disney has just released the first trailer for their new horse racing film Secretariat and that got me thinking - wasn't there a similar sort of film released about 10 years ago.  The answer was, sort of, yes - it was actually released in 2003 and called Seabiscuit.

Based on the remarkable true story, "Secretariat" chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) 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 (John Malkovich) - manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

and from 2003 I give you Seabiscuit

It is a story that inspired a nation…and one that almost didn't happen.
It is the story of a country whose dreams had been shattered…and the people who found a hero in an average horse that could achieve the unthinkable.
It is the story of three lost men-Johnny "Red" Pollard, a young man whose spirit had been broken; Charles, a millionaire who lost everything; and Tom Smith, a cowboy whose world was vanishing-who found each other and discovered hope in an unlikely place.

Secretariat hits UK cinemas December 3, 2010
Images and trailers © Disney

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