The American Experience: Season 15, Episode 11

Seabiscuit (21 Apr. 2003)

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He was boxy, with stumpy legs that wouldn't completely straighten a short straggly tail and an ungainly gait; though he didn't look the part, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Seabiscuit ...
Himself (archive footage)
Laura Hillenbrand ...
Herself - Interviewee
Farrell Jones ...
Himself - Interviewee
Norah Christianson ...
Herself - Interviewee
Red Pollard ...
Himself (archive footage)
Gene Smith ...
Himself - Interviewee
Jack Whitaker ...
Himself - Interviewee
War Admiral ...
Himself (archive footage)
George Woolf ...
Himself (archive footage)
Leonard Dorfman ...
Himself - Interviewee
Helen Luther ...
Herself - Interviewee
Billy Passmore ...
Himself (archive footage)
Bobby Stephenson ...
Himself (archive footage)
Stagehand ...
Himself (archive footage)


He was boxy, with stumpy legs that wouldn't completely straighten a short straggly tail and an ungainly gait; though he didn't look the part, Seabiscuit was one of the most remarkable thoroughbred racehorses in history. In the 1930s, when Americans longed to escape the grim realities of Depression-era life, four men turned Seabiscuit into a national hero. They were his fabulously wealthy owner Charles Howard, his famously silent and stubborn trainer Tom Smith and the two hard-bitten, gifted jockeys who rode him to glory. By following the paths that brought these four together and in telling the story of Seabiscuit's unlikely career, this film illuminates the precarious economic conditions that defined America in the 1930s and explores the fascinating behind-the-scenes world of thoroughbred racing. Scott Glenn narrates. Written by Anonymous

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An emotionally moving film.
25 July 2003 | by (La Center, KY) – See all my reviews

Being a documentray buff, I thought I would give this little documentary a chance. My wife is an equine fanatic and had abruptly purchased this film and brought it to the house. The film originally aired as a part of an ongoing PBS series called 'The American Experience.' I felt that the PBS flagship added some credibility to the project and went with it.

I was blown away. As you watch our beloved Seabiscuit go from obscurity, to national worship, you are mesmerized. I think it helped that I knew very little about his life going into the film.

Bottom line is that you will not be disappointed with the film. I was on the edge of my seat up until the glorious final race. The interviews are intelligent, the race footage has been restored in full glory here. Not only will the story move you, but the passion the economically destroyed American people felt towards Seabiscuit at the time will give you hope for our current trying times. 10 out of 10.

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