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Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Sport | 25 July 2003 (USA)
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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David McCullough ...
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Bicycle Supervisor
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Steamer Owner
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Car Customer
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David Doty ...
Land Broker
Carl M. Craig ...
Sam (as Kingston DuCoeur)
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Young Red Pollard
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Pollard Child
Noah Luke ...
Pollard Child
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Pollard Child
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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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A long shot becomes 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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Budget:

$87,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,854,735 (USA) (27 July 2003)

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$120,277,854 (USA) (5 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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After a scene that takes place circa 1930, a subtitle reads "six years later." In the next scene, which takes place in Tijuana, the subtitles read "1933." 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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Everloving
Written by Moby (as Richard Hall)
Performed by Moby
Courtesy of V2 Records, Inc. / Mute Ltd.
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Enjoyable, but not exactly Best Picture-material
18 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Excellent sports drama about the intense relationship between a jockey and his horse. I loved this movie, but the fact that it is based on a true story makes it even better. If "Seabiscuit" wasn't based on true events, this movie would have looked like another classic Disney-movie. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with these kinds of movies, but what usually disturbs me, is the fact that they are so unbelievable and predictable.

Tobey Maguire gives an excellent performance as Red Pollard, the young but very talented jockey. Many other great performances in this movie by the always enjoyable Jeff Bridges, the outstanding Chris Cooper (Adaptation.) and the beautiful Elizabeth Banks (Spiderman) who plays Bridges' second wife.

Although this second Gary Ross-movie is less my kind of movie than "Pleasentville" was, I truly enjoyed watching it. He is an excellent director and outstanding screenwriter. I certainly would like seeing more of his work. Recommendable and enjoyable sports movie. Not exactly an intense and gripping drama, but worth a watch! 7,5/10


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