This movie is about Alex, a returning college student who moves in with her girlfriends after the holidays. They go out and have quite a few drinks and on the way home Alex and her friend ... See full summary »
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
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They called it the car for every man. Henry Ford himself called it a car for the great multitude. It was functional, and simple, like your sewing machine, or your cast-iron stove. You could learn to drive it in less than a day. And you could get any color you wanted, so long as it was black. When Ford first conceived the Model-T, it took thirteen hours to assemble. Within five years he was turning out a vehicle every ninety seconds. Of course the real invention was the assembly ...
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Loved it - a wonderful uplifting (but not cheesy) story
I have not read the book or anything about the story this movie was
based on - I might have to now since I enjoyed the movie so much. The
point of my writing this is to say: if you haven't read the book, you
will probably like this movie. I'm sure the book portrayed so much
more, but I don't think you can directly compare movies and books. In
most cases, I have never loved a movie as much as a book - but that
doesn't mean the movie should be disregarded. In some cases emotion can
be better portrayed on film. (please note that all my "quotes" are
paraphrased from what i remember and only set aside in " " to
distinguish it from my writing).
That said, I completely disagree with the first reviewer above who did
read the book first. I really DID get the message about what Seabiscuit
represented at that time: a second chance, rising above expectations
against all odds, and most of all - HOPE. When I told someone I just
saw Seabiscuit, they said, "oh, that's about the horse, right?" and I
said, "no, it's really a story of hope and rising above tough
circumstances - but there is a horse in it." I was surprised at how
much history and how many images of the depression were gracefully
woven into Seabiscuit. I thought it worked very well and added to the
realism of the film.
I also definitely understood that Red Pollard's family was wealthy, and
that they lost everything in the depression. It's pretty obvious - the
whole family is shown around a great big dinner table in a very nice
house; his father even buys him his own horse. Next time you see them,
they are basically living out of their car with a whole bunch of other
folks doing the same - a kind of depression era makeshift camp.
It's also made clear later on in the movie that he never saw his family
again - there are auditory flashbacks to his parents saying they will
call him; how he almost dumps all his books into the water; the fact
that next time we see him he's a young man and there's no mention of
his family ever again in the movie. Seems like they just disappeared -
and they did. Red also displays anger and frustration that is noticed
by other characters. To me, this points to a sense of abandonment by
Also unlike the other reviewer, I DID care a lot about the race with
War Admiral - in fact, i almost had to just skip to the end first
because I was so nervous about it! This was NOT just a story of profit.
In fact, it never seemed like that was Howard's goal at all - his goal
was to prove that the underdog can and will win - to prove that heart
and spirit mattered as much as (or even more than) wealth and breeding.
That seemed to be the point of the match race with War Admiral.
This is a story of rising above profit to reach an even greater goal.
It's an uplifting story, as you can see in the crowd's faces as Howard
tells them, "just because he's beaten down by a nose, doesn't mean he's
out." and "When the little guy doesn't know he's the little guy, he can
do great big things." You can picture the men and women, unemployed and
hungry, telling themselves these same words. Things will get better; we
may be down, but we're not out. In the words of Tom Smith, "You can't
throw a whole life away, just because it's banged up a bit." Red's
words at the end are touching as well, "seabiscuit fixed us, and in a
sense we fixed each other.'" Red overcame his anger, his fear, his
sense of hopelessness. So did Seabiscuit. And if they can, so can you.
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