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Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Sport | 25 July 2003 (USA)
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True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.



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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »



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It's the Depression, and everyone needs to hold onto a dream to get them through the bad times. Car maker Charles Howard is no different, he who is trying to rebuild his life after the tragic death of his only child and the resulting end of his first marriage. With second wife Marcela at his side, Charles wants to get into horse racing and ends up with a team of underdogs who are also chasing their own dream. The first is trainer Tom Smith, who has a natural instinct to spot the capabilities of horses. The second is the horse Tom chooses for Charles, Seabiscuit, an unconventional choice as despite his pedigreed lineage, Seabiscuit is small at fifteen and a half hands tall with a slight limp. But Tom can see something in Seabiscuit's nature to make him a winner, if only Seabiscuit can be retrained from his inbred losing ways. And third is the jockey they decide to hire, Johnny "Red" Pollard, so nicknamed because of his hair color. Like Tom, Red has always shown a natural way with ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The hopes of a nation rode on a long shot. See more »


Drama | History | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual situations and violent sports-related images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alma de héroes  »

Box Office


$87,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,854,735 (USA) (25 July 2003)


$120,147,445 (USA) (28 November 2003)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Seabiscuit/War Admiral race originally held at Pimlico race track was actually filmed on location at Keeneland race track in Lexington, Kentucky. The track, as well as some of the surrounding area, had to take on some minor cosmetic changes in order to accurately reflect the time period. See more »


The United States Flag at the Pimlico racetrack has 50 stars. In the 1930s, there were only 48 states. See more »


Tick Tock McGlaughlin: No more match races for this little horse because frankly they're all out of matches. Who's he gonna race? Pegasus? I pity these horses.
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Referenced in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) See more »


There's a New Day Comin'
Written by Milton Ager, Joe Young
Performed by Ted Lewis and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Sea of emotion!
28 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Sea Biscuit" is a story about a long shot horse and a man who discover each other on the road to equestrian glory. An extremely rewarding journey though the lives of man and beast. Every aspect of human emotion, bonding and courage is explored with an "equine" tinge. Set in a time when horse racing is more passion than business, Seabiscuit glorifies the positive appeal of horse racing. Every derby event is an emotional doorway which lifts your spirits. Be it the Santa Anita or the Pimilco, you are just just hanging on the edge of your seat praying, vying and hoping for a Seabiscuit win. Such is the emotional grasp and visual brilliance of Gary Ross's direction and Scwartzman's cinematography. Being a thoroughbred race horse by birth, Seabiscuit treads the race track under the watchful eyes of trainer Tom Smith (played by Chris Cooper) and jockey Red Poddard (played by Tobey Mcguire). What follows is a sequence of predictable vicissitudes. Why! This movie wasn't advertised in the mystery genre either!

A frail looking (really) Tobey manages to deeply bond with the horse at least on screen, kudos indeed. Nobody else could have possibly fit into his role as well as he did, physically too. Chris Cooper is the silent marvel. There is a completely subtle tinge to his acting which lays low, yet beautifully exuberates class. Seabiscuit is simply one of those "silent' movies which just hurtles you beyond imaginable frontiers. Sit back and relax and let the long shot consume you.

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