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Seabiscuit (2003)

 -  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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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 »

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Drama | History | Sport

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

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25 July 2003 (USA)  »

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Alma de héroes  »

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$87,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$630,766 (Japan) (23 January 2004)

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$4,439,434 (Japan) (27 February 2004)
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When trainer Tom Smith tries to bring a goat into Seabiscuit's stall, he is absolutely right in saying that many horses feel better if they have company. (Most mammals who live with humans do.) It has been a fairly common practice to partner a horse with a goat in a stall. It is also alleged that the saying "to get one's goat" came from the practice of stealing a goat from a rival race horse's stall the night before a big race, so that the horse would be upset. This etymology is possible but has never been fully supported. (That a horse would neatly kick a goat out of its stall is, of course, fanciful.) See more »

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In one of his voiceovers, Tick-Tock says, "The Iceman Cometh". The phrase itself comes from the Eugene O'Neill play of the same title, which wasn't produced theatrically until 1946 and refers to George Woolf who was called "The Iceman". Though the phrase "The Iceman Cometh" isn't historically accurate, it is likely a reference to Jeff Bridges's role in The Iceman Cometh. See more »

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[Red is not eating his food at the dinner table]
Charles Howard: Go ahead, eat.
Red Pollard: I'm not that hungry.
Charles Howard: Sure, you're not.
Red Pollard: It's just a lot of food.
Charles Howard: I'd rather have you strong than thin.
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Performed by Jose Hernandez and the Mariachi Sol de Mexico (as Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez)
Courtesy of Serenata Records
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Decent Movie But Book Far Better
5 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unlike most people, I haven't had that many cases in which I didn't particularly rave over a good movie because it couldn't live up to the book....but that was the case here.

This is a good movie. I realize that, but Laura Hillenbrand's book, from which this movie is taken, is hands-down the best sports book I have ever read. So, I eagerly anticipated the movie. I found out what so many other people discovered when their favorite was made into a film: it can't live up to it. In fairness, no two-hour film can do justice to a good book.

In this case, there were many things the jockey, owner and trainer went through that made the story so compelling, and they weren't in the movie. I won't detail them. Just read the book. But you can't appreciate what these men and that gutsy racehorse really accomplished just by the film. It only scratches the surface.

I can accept those omissions because of time constraints but I cannot accept Hollywood inserting offensive language into the movie that was not in the book, such as a dozen usages of the Lord's name in vain, NONE of which was in the book. That's inexcusable.

The movie's strength was its beauty, just magnificently filmed. Man, this is a gorgeous film, from the first shot to the last. Director Gary Ross and Director Of Photography John Schwartzman put a lot of loving care into this film and it shows. The actors were fine, too. No complaints there.

If this film appealed to you, I cannot recommended the book enough. Please check it out.


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