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Phar Lap (1983)

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The true story of a Australian racehorse that becomes a champion with the help of a local stableboy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Richard Morgan ...
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Simon Wells ...
Newsboy
Kelvyn Worth ...
Newsboy
Justin Ridley ...
Newsboy
Martin Vaughan ...
Harry Telford
Brian Granrott ...
Reporter
Celia De Burgh ...
Vi Telford
Steven Bannister ...
Cappy Telford (Younger)
Richard Terrill ...
Cappy Telford (Older)
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Dave Davis
Ross O'Donovan ...
Strapper
Ashley Grenville ...
Strapper
Les Foxcroft ...
Brazier Man
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Phar Lap, the legendary Australian racing horse, is as well-known today for his mysterious death as for his fabulous accomplishments in life. Beginning at the end, the film flashes back to the day that Phar Lap, despite his lack of pedigree, is purchased on impulse by trainer Harry Telford. Phar Lap loses his first races, but Telford's faith in the animal is unshakable. Suddenly the horse becomes a winner, thanks to the love and diligence of stableboy Tommy Woodcock. American-promoter Dave Davis arranges for Phar Lap to be entered in several top races, where his "long shot" status results in heavy losses for the professional gamblers. Just after winning an important race in Mexico, Phar Lap collapses and dies; though the film never comes out and says as much, it is assumed that the horse was "murdered" by the gambling interests. Written by Hal Erickson

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When he beat the odds, they changed the rules. When he broke the records, they weighed him down. But he had one thing on his side...the faith of a boy. Together they lived a legend that inspired a nation and won the heart of the world. See more »


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13 April 1984 (USA)  »

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A Horse Called Phar Lap  »

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Phar Lap won 37 races (out of 51). His record included sequences of nine, fourteen, and eight wins. In an amazing burst as a three year-old, Phar Lap won the Rosehill Guineas, A.J.C. Derby and Craven Plate, and V.R.C. Derby before being beaten into third place in the 1929 Melbourne Cup. As the weights he was asked to carry rose, he tended to be entered in weight-for-age events where the weights are fixed depending upon the horse's age. See more »


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California, Here I Come
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Music by Joseph Meyer
Lyrics by Al Jolson and Buddy G. DeSylva
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Phar Lap is a wonderful story!!
10 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have watched Phar Lap several times and it brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it! It's a wonderful movie. I'm glad they finally put it on DVD!! I believe that Phar Lap was the worlds greatest race horse. There has never been another like him. It's a shame that he didn't get the chance to sire any babies. They would have been winners like him. I also think Tommy Woodcock was a great trainer! The actors, although unknown to most Americans, were very believable. You couldn't help but to fall in love with the wonderful little horse and I found myself rooting for him every time he raced. The movie will keep you enthralled and sitting on the edge of your seat.


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