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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Matthew Warchus 
Writing credits
Sam Shepard (original play)

Matthew Warchus (screenplay) &
David Nicholls (screenplay)

Produced by
Sue Baden-Powell .... executive producer
Chuck Binder .... co-producer
Jean-François Fonlupt .... producer
Joel Lubin .... executive producer
Dan Lupovitz .... producer
Leon Melas .... associate producer
Timm Oberwelland .... producer
Greg Shapiro .... executive producer
Matthew Warchus .... co-producer
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
Cinematography by
John Toll (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Pasquale Buba 
Seth Flaum (uncredited)
Casting by
Daniel Swee 
Production Design by
Amy B. Ancona 
Art Direction by
Andrew Laws 
Set Decoration by
Ellen Brill 
Costume Design by
Karen Patch 
Makeup Department
Amanda Carroll .... key makeup artist
Shirley Dolle .... key hair stylist (as Shirley M. Dolle)
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup department head (as Edouard F. Henriques III)
Frances Mathias .... hair stylist: Ms. Stone
Stephen Robinette .... assistant hair stylist
Tricia Sawyer .... makeup artist: Ms. Stone
Robin Mathews .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Elizabeth Fox .... post-production supervisor
Phillip Kenny .... production supervisor: Emotion Pictures
Pearl A. Lucero .... production supervisor
Dara Weintraub .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pamela Altieri-Paterra .... additional second second assistant director
Melissa V. Barnes .... second assistant director
James D. Deck .... first assistant director (as James Deck)
Paula Smith .... second second assistant director
Dave Halls .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
James Alan Hensz .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Dan Leatham .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
John Bevan Jr. .... set dresser (as John M. Bevin Jr.)
Adam Cook .... assistant propmaster
Susan Hutchinson .... on set painter
Melissa R. Jones .... scenic (as Melissa Jones)
Michael Lindsay .... propmaster
Susan Linville .... art department assistant: Kentucky
Douglas Machala .... set dresser (as Doug Machala)
Marc Meisels .... leadman
David Melito .... art department coordinator
Michael Peritz .... set dresser
Robert Butch Samarzich .... greensman (as Butch Samarzich)
James Smith .... set dresser: Kentucky
Christine Staggs .... buyer
Suzette Stotts .... scenic
Staci Tallmon .... art department production assistant (as Staci Lynn Tallman)
Clay Watkins .... set dresser: Kentucky
Julie Witherington .... on-set dresser (as Julie Sexsmith)
Don 'Tex' Clark .... set dresser (uncredited)
Cristiano Donzelli .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Rich Koll .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jeffrey B. Barnett .... adr recordist (as Jeffrey Barnett)
Bob Beher .... supervising foley editor (as Bob Behr)
Bruce Bell .... adr mixer
Laurel Bridges .... boom operator (as Laurelann Bridges)
Michael J. Broomberg .... foley artist (as Michael J. Broomberg)
Lance Brown .... sound re-recording mixer
Lance Brown .... supervising sound editor
Daniel R. Chavez .... executive sound administrator
Michael Dressel .... foley editor
Shawn Egan .... first assistant sound editor
John Michael Fanaris .... sound effects coordinator
Dan Fontana .... sound editor
Michael Herbick .... sound re-recording mixer
James J. Isaacs .... dialogue editor (as James Iassacs)
Steven Klinghoffer .... sound utility (as Steve Klinghoffer)
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... adr editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Nancy MacLeod .... foley editor (as Nancy Macloed)
Joseph A. Mayer .... supervising dialogue editor (as Joe Mayer)
Steve Nelson .... sound effects editor (as Steven F. Nelson)
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Kim Secrist .... sound effects editor
Marsha Sorce .... sound recordist
Chris Staszak .... foley recordist
Eric Thompson .... foley mixer (as Eric C. Thompson)
Robert Troy .... dialogue editor
Carl D. Ware .... additional special sound effects
Carl D. Ware .... sound effects editor
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... dialogue editor
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound mixer
Aaron D. Weisblatt .... sound effects editor
Bernard Weiser .... dialogue editor
Mark H. Wilkins .... sound utility: Kentucky
Brian Wohlgemuth .... assistant sound editor
Richard E. Yawn .... sound effects editor
Mike Shuman .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rodney M. Byrd .... special effects foreman
Burt Dalton .... special effects coordinator
Michael Duenas .... special effects
David P. Kelsey .... special effects (as David Kelsey)
Visual Effects by
Matt Linder .... digital artist (uncredited)
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunt double (as Tracy Keehn Dashnaw)
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (as Ernie Orsatti)
Loyd Catlett .... stunts (uncredited)
Andy Gill .... stunts (uncredited)
Mark Munoz .... stunts (uncredited)
CC Perkinson .... stunt jockey (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Ault .... best boy grip
Herb Ault .... key grip
Kenneth C. Barrows .... additional photographer: Derby
Erik Bernstein .... set lighting
Gregg Campbell .... grip: Kentucky (as Gregory Campbell)
Kyle Carden .... grip
Billy Craft .... electrician (as Billy Craft Jr.)
Willard J. Crawford .... grip: Kentucky (as Will Crawford)
Jim Drew .... grip: Kentucky (as James Drew)
Dylan Goss .... wescam operator (as Dylan Gross)
Heather Green .... camera loader
Danny Jimenez .... dolly grip (as Danny S. Jimenez)
Aaron Katz .... video assist operator
David Katz .... 24 frame video playback
Chris Napolitano .... best boy set lighting
Chris J. Rossi .... grip (as Chris Rossi)
David L. Ryan .... grip: Kentucky
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Patrick Skaggs .... electrician: Kentucky (as Patrick Keith Skaggs)
Mike Thomas .... camera operator
Mike Thomas .... director of photography: second unit
Chris Toll .... first assistant camera
Renee Treyball .... first assistant camera: second unit
Renee Treyball .... second assistant camera
Kelly Uchimura .... second second assistant camera
Carl A. Vidnic .... electrician (as Carl Vidnic)
Steven J. Winslow .... camera technician: Wescam camera (as Steven Winslow)
Jerry Woodside .... electrician
Randy Woodside .... chief lighting technician (as Randy 'Woody' Woodside)
Laurent Basset .... camera operator: documentary segment (uncredited)
Sean Smith .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Shirley Fulton Crumley .... local casting: Kentucky
Michelle Ford .... casting assistant: Kentucky
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Alec Isbell .... casting assistant
LariAnn Lang .... casting assistant (as Lariann Lang)
Karen Meisels .... casting: Los Angeles
Raquel Osborne .... extras casting: Los Angeles
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cathie Filian .... costume supervisor (as Catherine M. Bush)
Jamelle Flowers .... costume assistant
Oda Groeschel .... wardrobe: Ms. Stone
Christopher J. Kristoff .... costumer
Maya Lieberman .... costumer (as Maya Vanghan)
Gretchen Patch .... costumer
Editorial Department
Ryan Chan .... post-production assistant
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Robert Komatsu .... first assistant editor
Ray Neapolitan .... assistant editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Music Department
Jennifer Barak .... assistant music editor
Dondi Bastone .... music supervisor
Ryan Beveridge .... music technical assistant
Stewart Copeland .... musician: keyboards, drums and bass
Michael Dittrick .... supervising music editor (as Michael D. Dittrick)
Sharyn Gersh .... music editor (as Sharon Tylk)
Tricia Hansen .... assistant: Stewart Copeland
Christian Herman .... vocals
Judd Miller .... musician: EVI
G. Marq Roswell .... music supervisor
Jeff Seitz .... music mixer
Jeff Seitz .... music recordist
Michael Thompson .... musician: guitars
Thomas Golubic .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
George Andrews .... driver (as George L. Andrews)
Hank Audette .... driver
Anthony Bell .... driver: Kentucky
Kim Burns .... driver
Pat Carman .... transportation coordinator
Larry Coomey .... driver: Kentucky
Skip Fairlee .... driver
Kevin S. Fish .... driver (as Kevin Fish)
Robert Fish .... driver (as Bob Fish)
Richard Flapper .... driver
Albert Gipson .... driver: Kentucky
David Glavin .... driver (as Dave Glavin)
Diane Glavin .... driver
Gary Highly .... driver captain: Kentucky (as Gary D. Highley)
Mike Hutmacher .... driver
Don Iwanaga .... driver
Hal Lary .... transportation captain
Dick Lee .... driver
Kenny Lee .... driver
Timothy P. Logsdon .... driver: Kentucky
Eldon McGuire .... driver: Kentucky
Vern McKinney .... driver (as Verne McKinney)
Larry F. Ogle .... driver: Kentucky
Rowan C. Rogers .... driver: Kentucky
Sara Rogers .... driver: Kentucky
Michael Rooke .... driver
Marty Sheldon .... driver: Kentucky
Jim Sullivan .... driver
Lana Vermillion .... driver
Chip Vincent .... driver: Kentucky (as Charles Vincent Jr.)
Other crew
Todd J. Adelman .... set medic (as Todd J. Adelman DCH PhD)
Henry Alexander .... thoroughbred consultant
Al Alf .... stand-in: Mr. Waite
Samuel F. Arroyo .... craft service (as Sam 'I Am' Arroyo)
Timothy Baker .... projectionist
Lynell Bangs .... production controller
Sheila Barr .... publicist: Kentucky (as Sheila Kenny)
Sheila Barr .... unit publicist: MPRM Public Relations (as Sheila Kenny)
Elizabeth S. Barton .... script supervisor (as Elizabeth Barton)
Michael E. Boyle .... head wrangler (as Mike Boyle)
Shelley S. Boyle .... horse trainer (as Shelley Boyle)
Julie Brown .... set production assistant: Kentucky
Rob Brown .... assistant: Mr. Lupovitz
Amy Carr .... assistant: Mr. Lupovitz
Loyd Catlett .... stand-in: Mr. Bridges
Amy Chance .... production coordinator
Rick Coffee .... first assistant accountant
Jeannine Corbo .... assistant: Mr. Warchus (as Jeannine Anjinette Corbo)
Scott Dillon .... stand-in: Mr. Hatosy
Susan Downs .... nurse
Lynn Dubal .... assistant: Ms. Stone
Dave Evans .... assistant location manager
James Evans .... stand-in: Mr. Finney
Russ Fega .... location manager (as The Russ Fega)
Eric L. Fersten .... office production assistant (as Eric Ferstein)
Alan Forbes .... location manager: Kentucky
Michelle L. Gardner .... stand-in: Ms. Keener (as Michele Gardner)
Christie Haffner .... office production assistant: Kentucky (as Christie Cox)
Rodney Hughley .... projectionist
Nicola Hulme .... assistant: Mr. Bridges (as Nicky Hulme)
Nikki Kelber .... unit publicist: MPRM Public Relations
Keith Douglas Kramer .... additional locations (as Keith Kramer)
Michael H. Lauer .... production legal services: Lauer & Associates
Tracy E. Maurer .... office production assistant
Martin McCoy III .... set production assistant: Kentucky (as Martin McCoy)
Mindy Miller .... stand-in: Ms. Williams
Alisa Moeller .... assistant coordinator: Kentucky
Si Paciorek .... stand-in: Mr. Nolte
Rex Peterson .... horse trainer
Steven W. Polon .... assistant: Mr. Bridges
Cathy Ragona .... payroll (as Cathy M. Agcayab)
Kate Savage .... craft service: Kentucky
Dagfinn Sentura .... set production assistant: Kentucky
Jeffery S. Shapiro .... office production assistant
Brigitta Simone .... assistant: Timm Oberwelland (as Brigitta Bolaños)
Jennifer Sims .... office production assistant: Kentucky
Linda Stelling .... set medic (as Linda Stelling RN)
Monty Stuart .... wrangler
Yumiko Takeya .... assistant: Mr. Nolte
John Tuell .... assistant: Mr. Nolte
Sherri Wilson .... assistant: Mr. Nolte
Karen Workman .... account assistant: Kentucky
Chris Gutierrez .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Jonathan Hennessey .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ramsey Malouky .... electronic press kit producer (uncredited)
Richard E. Yawn .... stage supervisor (uncredited)
Anthony M. Alonso .... acknowledgement: "Genuine Risk Walking" painting by
Pauline Asper .... the producers wish to thank
Don Ball .... the producers wish to thank: The Donamire Farm
KayKay Ball .... the producers wish to thank: The Donamire Farm
Mike Ball .... the producers wish to thank: The Donamire Farm
Myra Ball .... the producers wish to thank: The Donamire Farm
Jeff Berg .... the producers wish to thank
Judy Boales .... the producers wish to thank
Steve Breimer .... the producers wish to thank
Nicolas Chartier .... the producers wish to thank (as Nicholas Chartier)
Steve Dontanville .... the producers wish to thank
Arnaud Duteil .... the producers wish to thank
Colton Grahm .... the producers wish to thank
Rose Hardin .... the producers wish to thank
George T. Hayum .... the producers wish to thank (as George T. Hayum Esq.)
Lois Kay .... the producers wish to thank
Neil Koenigsberg .... the producers wish to thank
Tracy Langan .... the producers wish to thank
Judy Marks .... the producers wish to thank
James McCoy .... acknowledgement: of Orion Stables for use of name 'Simpatico' as a racehorse
Patrick Parkhurst .... the producers wish to thank
Phil Radin .... the producers wish to thank
Gerda Schuessler .... the producers wish to thank
Brigitte Schuetter .... the producers wish to thank
Jeff Shumway .... the producers wish to thank
Eberhard Steinmann .... the producers wish to thank
Fred Stone .... the producers wish to thank
Jim Toole .... the producers wish to thank: The Kentucky Film Commission
Jeff True .... the producers wish to thank: Los Alamitos Racetrack, California
Brannon L. Woods .... the producers wish to thank (as Dr. Brannon L. Woods D.M.V.)
Fred Yee .... the producers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for some strong sexuality, and for language
106 min | Germany:101 min (TV version)
Aspect Ratio:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Underrated by far, 27 January 2012
Author: from Paris, France

What is this 4.4 rating by 2348 users? Where did this come from? Not enough car chases?

This is a good movie, well written. One could criticize a bit a sort of awkwardness or heaviness in the technical aspect of movie making, due to a first film or an approach maybe too theatrical, but the directing is good. It plainly deserves a minimum of 6.5 for its artistic value. Maybe Matthew Warchus is more a stage director and too keen on good directing than finding a picturesque way with images to illustrate something he has already staged.

If films about horses are to be considered, "Simpatico" is much better than "Dead Heat" (rated 5.3), different from "Seabiscuit" (rated 7.3) because it does not carry hope against odds being more of a drama about betrayal, and better than the totally unrealistic "Hidalgo" (rated 6.6) who has never been in the Sahara, but it does show a chase.

Why consider it as a film about horses? Because it also is a film about a horse, magnificent as opposed to human behavior in this story, as far as the only pure character in this movie, named by its title, is the horse Simpatico, and maybe this is the side that should have been enhanced more in opposition with the corruption of all this human horse-racing scam, since human perversion finally kills him, and what's more, because he his becoming sterile.

Maybe the overall realism, that had to be detailed more in the movie than the play, brought too many necessary plot details that might have obscured the existence of the character Simpatico, although every time we see him, his beauty reminds us of his existence as metaphor, metaphor that might have been more powerful on the stage, just by being permanent but never visible.

I suggest a 6.5 as a minimum.

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