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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"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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