Secretariat

Secretariat

(2010)

Disney sports drama about housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane), who agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge.... More

Chenery and her Thoroughbred horse Secretariat  – with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich) – manage to navigate the male-dominated business, fostering the first US Triple Crown winner in 25 years (the Crown consists of winning three races for three-year-old horses, and is considered the ultimate accomplishment for a Thoroughbred).Hide

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Despite dwindling attendances and diminishing totes on and off course, 2003’s Seabiscuit proved there was still a cinematic audience for all things equine. Sharing the same bloodline, or at least horse-wranglers, as that septu-Oscar-nominated epic, this horse-sports-opera boasts all the ingredients for a successful run.  There’s plenty of soft-focus gamboling and galloping (and not just by a blonde-bewigged Lane at her feistiest), a scene-stealing, wardrobe-malfunctioning Malkovich, and a Jockey-cam and low-camera angles which add a new twist to the race action.

A cross between Phar Lap, Bonecrusher and Kiwi (given his propensity for coming from behind), Secretariat made the cover of Time and Newsweek and is believed by many Americans to be the greatest racehorse who ever lived. Throw in the fact that his owner was a sassy southern woman keen to take on the good ole boys and it’s easy to see the cinematic qualities of ‘Big Red’s’ story.

Unfortunately writer Rich and director Wallace clearly decided that wasn’t enough and, in tacking on an unnecessary political subplot (which suggests that, like Seabiscuit, Secretariat united a divided nation) and Christian overtones, they detract from what is a compelling rivalry with Sham and a riveting underdog tale (even if some of the based-on-fact drama is pure fiction).


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BY Wice superstar

Yes, my jaw was aching when I left the theatre. This is a feel good movie. No sex, no drugs, no special effects - just a well told story of a truly amazing horse (another history lesson). This is not a movie I would normally have bothered seeing, but I'm glad I did. Although I haven't been to the races for years I actually felt the lump in my through and the adrenalin rush as the Secretariat galloped to the finish. The old guy in front of me was so into it he clapped. What a pity so many... More 'sophisticated' movie goers probably won't be seeing this Disney breath of freshness. Who couldn't do with a bit of pure simple joy in their lives?Hide


BY Brian1 superstar

In some ways incredible, from a horses point of view anyway.


The Press Reviews

63% of critics recommend.
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  • The bigger and truer stars of this enjoyable, sometimes accidentally entertaining movie are the five horses that take turns playing Secretariat. Full Review

  • Like Secretariat himself, the film is a glossy, big-hearted slow- starter, but lacks his ability to power home ahead of the competition. Full Review

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