Secretariat

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Secretariat

Randall Wallace (2010)

117min
U Certificate
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Our Score
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.

Summary

A housewife takes over running her ailing father's stables, and is unwelcome in the male-dominated world of horse racing. With the aid of a veteran trainer, she turns one of her racehorses into a champion who goes on to achieve a spectacular winning streak. Fact-based drama, starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich and Dylan Walsh.

Cast & 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
Director Randall Wallace
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Walt Disney Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 3 Dec 2010

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