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

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Frank Whiteley
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Bill Nack
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Mike Bell
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Female Sports Reporter #2
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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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9 June 2007 (USA)  »

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Ruffian - Die Wunderstute  »

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In the scene where Ruffian breaks down during the Great Match Race with the colt Foolish Pleasure, the character of journalist Bill Nack is seen running onto the track attempting to help Ruffian. He very narrowly avoids colliding with Foolish Pleasure. This actually happened. Bill Nack later described going under a barrier and running onto the track with his eyes fixed on the injured filly Ruffian. Only when the jockey of Foolish Pleasure screamed, "Hey!" to get his attention, did Nack realize he was directly in the path of the horse. Bill Nack stopped in his tracks, and narrowly missed being run over by the 1,200 colt, who was finishing the race. See more »

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In certain camera angles, it can be seen that the horses playing Ruffian are actually male ( geldings) and not fillies. See more »

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Featured in 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) See more »

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ThreeThumbs up.----From a Hard boot!
12 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a full time trainer, horseman on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, in my off time I see five movies a week. Rarely am I treated to as an enthralling story about my first love as this.

From the timing, and character development there's an honesty about Ruffian, her handlers and their story. The horses used were beautiful, the racing scenes surprisingly realistic, and the camera shots were magnificent. This one ranks slightly below my all time favorite Caseys Shadow and above Seabiscuit, with solid high paced interest toward the eventual tears. Quite a feat for TV. The strength of the movie was the writing, the directing and cast all displaying superior theatrics. Given the budget restraints for a TV movie, I accepted the difference in the substitution of era vans for trailers, and other difficult to substitute prop switches. There were many more strengths in the production than weaknesses.

The ending is done well, with dignity, gently lifting the viewer into a better place,for all that had happened.I especially like the post log and what happened to the characters later in life. All in all, a wonderful two hours of entertainment.


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