The American Experience: Season 15, Episode 11

Seabiscuit (21 Apr. 2003)

TV Episode  |   |  Documentary, History
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 69 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 1 critic

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 »


0Check in

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video


IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1718 titles
created 30 May 2012
a list of 134 titles
created 01 Aug 2012
a list of 326 titles
created 23 Jan 2013
a list of 60 titles
created 12 Apr 2014
list image
a list of 29 titles
created 4 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Seabiscuit" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Seabiscuit (21 Apr 2003)

Seabiscuit (21 Apr 2003) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The American Experience.
« Previous Episode | 184 of 318 Episodes | Next Episode »




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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

21 April 2003 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

You gotta love horses....
14 March 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The documentary does a good job not just in telling about Seabiscuit but also trying to create the story. Again and again, the viewer was manipulated into seeing this horse as a long-shot--a horse that had heart but by all rights should not have been that great a horse. After all, in early races, the horse lost them all AND the jockey assigned to him was a walking hard luck story--yet they managed to achieve greatness.

This is another well made episode of "The American Experience". However, how much you enjoy it may well depend on if you adore horses and horse racing. My wife loves horseback riding and got more out of it than me....I just wonder if horse tastes like beef! Now this isn't to say I disliked the show....I just didn't have a natural affinity to any show about horses. I still liked it...I just wasn't enthralled--and my wife was amazed that I didn't care all that much about the 'cute horsey'!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
When will we see a film about that remarkable hero, Ida B Wells? Swing-lo
This years intro... ag-wktn
When are they going to make a movie on this? bette1981
The Satellite Sky craviola880
JFK powersroc
Discuss Seabiscuit (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: