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The Story of Seabiscuit (1949)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Family, Romance  |  12 November 1949 (USA)
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Horse trainer Shawn O'Hara and his lovely niece, Margaret, come to America to escape the memory of an accident involving Margaret's brother, Danny. Working with thoroughbreds in Kentucky, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Lon McCallister ...
Ted Knowles
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Donald MacBride ...
George Carson
Pierre Watkin ...
William Forrest ...
Thomas Milford
Joe Hernandez ...
Hal J. Moore ...
Race Commentator (as Hal Moore)
Clem McCarthy ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sugarfoot Anderson ...
Walkin' Murphy, Milford's Boy (as 'Sugarfoot' Anderson)
Seabiscuit ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

Horse trainer Shawn O'Hara and his lovely niece, Margaret, come to America to escape the memory of an accident involving Margaret's brother, Danny. Working with thoroughbreds in Kentucky, Shawn takes a liking to a yearling named Seabiscuit, and fights to convince the horse's owner that the tiny horse with big knees will become a top-notch racehorse. Meanwhile, Margaret begins a tentative relationship with jockey Ted Knowles, but is haunted by her brother's death in a steeplechase spill. Written by Ray Hamel

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12 November 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A História de Um Vencedor  »

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$700,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the close-ups, Seabiscuit was played by Sea Sovereign, his son. See more »

Goofs

Seabiscuit's pre-Charles S. Howard silks are shown as green and white. Before Howard bought him Wheatley Stables owned Seabiscuit. Their silks were golden yellow with purple sleeves and cap. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: [voice over narration] Here in Kentucky is the Blue Grass Country where champions are born. Black, beige and chestnut. Glorious creatures. Born to run and keep on running.
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Connections

Referenced in The Apprentice: Episode #9.8 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

What's the Matter with Father
(uncredited)
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Played when Margaret pours the whiskey in the tea and when Sean drinks it
Also played when Sean hurts his back
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not very good
5 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although it is a nice, warm, charming story/plot it is a let down considering. The fact that some of the main characters in this version are completely fictional (the O'Haras) bothered me throughout the entire movie.

I did love that it had some actual B&W footage of some of Seabiscuit's races. And being a sucker for almost any animal movie (especially horses) I utterly enjoyed all the scenery and all the shots of the horses. The only reason I would watch this again is for that, not for the plot or the actors. But I'm fairly sure that this one is going to collect dust on my DVD shelf.

If you are going to watch a movie about Seabiscuit, I advise to see the amazing 2003 version and skip this one.


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