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Ruffian (2007)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | Sport  -  9 June 2007 (USA)
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A look at the life of the thoroughbred filly that dominated horse racing in the early 1970s.

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A look at the life of the thoroughbred filly that dominated horse racing in the early 1970s.

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Because Ruffian was such a large filly, larger even than many colts (including Foolish Pleasure), they used geldings to portray her in the film. See more »

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The match race between Foolish Pleasure and Ruffian which provides the crisis of the movie takes place on July 6. 1975 in Elmont, New York. However, the foliage that consistently appears in the background is sparse, consistent with April for southern New York (or March in New Orleans where the movie was shot). See more »

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Pleasantly surprised
11 June 2007 | by See all my reviews

As an avid fan of Thoroughbred horse racing, and someone who followed Ruffian's career including witnessing her final race, I was pleasantly surprised by this made-for-TV film. Earlier in the day, the ABC network broadcast the Belmont Stakes in which viewers saw the unique character befitting many of the long-time sportswriters who cover Thoroughbred racing. Unfortunately for the film, Frank Whaley failed to deliver that persona in the key role of sportswriter Bill Nack. However, Sam Shepard in the starring role of trainer Frank Whiteley gave a most believable performance, capturing the real life trainer's restrained professionalism. While the film's setup for the Sorority Stakes was good, I would like to have seen more background as a lead into each of the races depicted. The writers capably demonstrated how the horse, even against the wishes of its trainer, was secondary to "filling the stands" for the moguls of the racing industry. To his credit, French-Canadian director Yves Simoneau did not overly dramatize the horse's final moments, instead, effectively borrowing the eye/lash closeup created by Krzysztof Kieslowski in his French-language film, "Trois couleurs: Bleu"


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