Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit

Gary Ross (2003)

134min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The incredible but (mostly) true story of a racehorse that won against all the odds is told in this overly sentimental yet thoroughly absorbing drama. Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper and Tobey Maguire play the three broken men who come together to own, train and ride a no-hoper racehorse named Seabiscuit, turning him into an inspirational winner that lifts the spirits of Depression-era America. Gary Ross (Pleasantville) may be unsubtle in his direction at times - the obvious parallels between injured Maguire and the lame Seabiscuit are overplayed - but the emotional core of this heart-warming story nonetheless remains true and the actual races are grippingly executed. The three leads give superb performances, as does William H Macy, who, as the track announcer, provides some much-needed comic relief along the predictable path to glory.

Summary

Fact-based drama set in Depression-era America. A racehorse is written off as too small to be a contender, but a millionaire spots his potential to become a champion, recruiting a cowboy as its trainer and a half-blind former prizefighter to ride him. Their efforts result in a legendary winning streak that captures the hearts of the nation. With Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper and William H Macy.

Cast & Crew

Johnny "Red" Pollard Tobey Maguire
Charles Howard Jeff Bridges
Tom Smith Chris Cooper
Marcela Howard Elizabeth Banks (2)
George "The Iceman" Woolf Gary Stevens
"Tick-Tock" McGlaughlin William H Macy
Sam Kingston DuCoeur
Samuel Riddle Eddie Jones
Charles Strub Ed Lauter
Mr Pollard Michael O'Neill
Mr Blodget Sam Bottoms
Narrator David McCullough
Director Gary Ross
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Edited for violence, language.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 31 Oct 2003
Drama