• U
  • Randall Wallace (2010)
  • US
  • 117 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

With a heart almost three times the normal size, racehorse Secretariat achieved a record-breaking 31-length win in the final leg of America's Triple Crown and became a legend in the 1970s. Even so, the thrills and spills of horse racing are downplayed here, as director Randall Wallace aims for something wholesome and uplifting. What we're left with instead is the cold though good-looking true-life story of Penny Chenery (Diane Lane), a wealthy housewife who overcame naysayers and financial worries to promote her father's champion colt. John Malkovich provides welcome comedy relief as the flamboyant trainer Lucien Laurin and Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette in hit HBO series True Blood) supplies the much-needed emotional centre with his quiet and sincere portrayal of the horse's groom. Ultimately though, this tepid look at the creation of a sporting legend cannot compete with the drama and visual impact of the real racing footage. Secretariat's story still feels untold.

Plot Summary

Drama based on the true story, starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich. Despite her lack of knowledge, housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her elderly father's stables in Virginia. With the help of trainer Lucien Laurin, they proceed to produce a champion racehorse that will go on to make history.

Cast and crew


Penny Chenery
Diane Lane
Lucien Laurin
John Malkovich
Chris Chenery
Scott Glenn
Ogden Phipps
James Cromwell
Jack Tweedy
Dylan Walsh
Bull Hancock
Fred Dalton Thompson
Bill Nack
Kevin Connolly
Kate Tweedy
Amanda Michalka
Sarah Tweedy
Carissa Capobianco
Miss Ham
Margo Martindale
Eddie Sweat
Nelsan Ellis


Randall Wallace

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Walt Disney
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 3 Dec 2010
Certificate U
Buena Vista Home Entertainment