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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Credited cast:
Frank Whiteley
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Bell
Female Sports Reporter #2
Barry Barton ...
News Reporter
Christine Belford ...
Barbara Janney
The Lout
John T. Billingsley ...
News Camera Man
Match Race Fan
Craig Clary ...
Race Fan
NYC TV Reporter
Mellinda Craig ...
High Class Racetrack Patron
Kip Cummings ...
Reporter / Race Fan
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CBS Exec.


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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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 »


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


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