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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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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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'!


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