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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 & 33 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David McCullough ...
David Doty ...
Carl M. Craig ...
Sam (as Kingston DuCoeur)
Noah Luke ...


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

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The true story of a long shot who became a legend. 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  »

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Box Office


$87,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$4,439,434 (Japan) (27 February 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Borden Flanagan:  author Laura Hillenbrand's boyfriend appears as the Farm Manager. See more »


Red torments himself remembering how George beat him in a race saying, "Okey-doke, Johnny. There's my hole; gotta fly". George Woolf's actual words in the race were "Oops. There's my hole; gotta go". See more »


Red Pollard: A dream come true, walkin' you around. Hook you up to a plow, pull me around for a little while. Come on. You ever run in the money? Huh? Hey. Hey. You ever run in the money?
[Horse Whinnies ]
Red Pollard: I don't think so. Couldn't beat a human being, let alone another horse.
[Scoffs ]
Red Pollard: You goddamn sack-of-crap old plater. Probably the fastest you're gonna run in your entire life, you piece-of-shit old glue-pot. That's right.
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Referenced in Postal 2: Apocalypse Weekend (2004) See more »


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One of the best movies of all time
6 December 2004 | by (Omaha, NE) – See all my reviews

I can't say a bad thing about this movie. There wasn't a single moment that I didn't like. Everyone who acted in this movie did no less than perfection. The movie has so much depth, has so much feeling and emotion and none of it feels forced, phoney or corny/ham handed. The development of the characters and the plot feels very natural and real and the movie flows at a comfortable pace. It's a movie you can cry tears of joy about and not feel weird about it. And to think I was so naive and close minded that I didn't see it in the theater because I told myself, "Who wants to see a movie about a racehorse?" If only I'd known how ignorant that statement was. I'd pay several times the admittance to have seen this in the theater, just to have had that added experience of seeing it there. This movie easily makes my top 5 of all time and is probably the best movie I've ever seen, and although I've seen it a few times now I still have a strong emotional response to it every time I watch it and feel my appreciation of it not waning, but only enriching. This movie is truly a "Must See." I hope you like it as much as I do.

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