Up 829 this week

Secretariat (2010)

PG  |   |  Drama, Family, History  |  8 October 2010 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 19,854 users   Metascore: 61/100
Reviews: 135 user | 160 critic | 36 from Metacritic.com

Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.



, (book)
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Cale Crane catalyzes the rescue and rehabilitation of Sonador, a race horse with a broken leg.

Director: John Gatins
Stars: Kurt Russell, Dakota Fanning, Oded Fehr
The Rookie (2002)
Drama | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

Director: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Dennis Quaid, J.D. Evermore, Rachel Griffiths
Black Beauty (1994)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The fates of horses, and the people who own and command them, are revealed as Black Beauty narrates the circle of his life.

Director: Caroline Thompson
Stars: Sean Bean, David Thewlis, Docs Keepin Time
Adventure | Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A young girl befriends a wild black stallion.

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Biana Tamimi, Richard Romanus, Patrick Elyas
Flicka (2006)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Young Katy claims a wild horse as her own -- an effort to prove to her father that she is capable of one day taking over the family ranch.

Director: Michael Mayer
Stars: Alison Lohman, Tim McGraw, Maria Bello
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An abandoned zebra (voice of Frankie Muniz) grows up believing he is a racehorse, and, with the help of his barnyard friends and a teenage girl (Hayden Panettiere), sets out to achieve his dream of racing with thoroughbreds.

Director: Frederik Du Chau
Stars: Frankie Muniz, David Spade, Snoop Dogg
Eight Below (2006)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Brutal cold forces two Antarctic explorers to leave their team of sled dogs behind as they fend for their survival.

Director: Frank Marshall
Stars: Paul Walker, Jason Biggs, Bruce Greenwood
Snow Dogs (2002)
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

When a Miami dentist inherits a team of sled dogs, he's got to learn the trade or lose his pack to a crusty mountain man.

Director: Brian Levant
Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., James Coburn, Sisqó
Flicka 2 (Video 2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Carrie is a big-city teenager whose life is turned upside down when she moves to a horse ranch in Wyoming to live with her father. But everything changes when Carrie meets Flicka, a wild, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Damian
Stars: Patrick Warburton, Tammin Sursok, Clint Black
The Game Plan (2007)
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

An NFL quarterback living the bachelor lifestyle discovers that he has an 8-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Director: Andy Fickman
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Pettis
Flicka: Country Pride (Video 2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Flicka and Toby help out a struggling stable owner and her teenage daughter.

Director: Michael Damian
Stars: Clint Black, Lisa Hartman, Kacey Rohl
Phar Lap (1983)
Biography | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The true story of a Australian racehorse that becomes a champion with the help of a local stableboy.

Director: Simon Wincer
Stars: Tom Burlinson, Judy Morris, Richard Morgan


Cast overview, first billed only:
E.V. Benjamin (as Mike Harding)
Keith Austin ...


Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery -- with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin -- manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


The Impossible True Story


Drama | Family | History | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

8 October 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A paripa  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,694,770 (USA) (8 October 2010)


$59,699,513 (USA) (4 February 2011)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Diane Lane called the blond wig that she wore "Peaches." The hairstyle was modeled after Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and pictures of the former First Lady were tacked up all over the makeup trailer. See more »


When they are training for the Belmont, Penny Chenery is shown to be turning towards the left to lean her back on the railing while saying her line about how Pancho thinks they are training too hard. The shot cuts to a camera on the left, and we see the whole turn again from that angle. See more »


Lucien Laurin: He leans back against the starting gate like he's in a hammock in the Caribbean...
See more »

Crazy Credits

Zappa Studios talent for extra work. See more »


Featured in Maltin on Movies: Disney Favorites (2011) See more »


Oh Happy Day
Written by Philip Doddridge and Edward F. Rimbault
Arranged by Edwin Hawkins (as Edwin R. Hawkins)
Performed by The Edwin Hawkins Singers (as Edwin Hawkins Singers)
Courtesy of Buddah Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good, but not GREAT!
13 October 2010 | by (Clovis, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

My grandmother was a parent during the '50's and liked everything neat and clean and in its place. Heaven forbid if things get too out of hand; too "real". I have waited my entire life for Hollywood to tell Secretariat's story and after watching Disney's Secretariat my heart remains unsatisfied. It was a good, "feel good" movie, but "good" is the keyword. I felt like Grandma edited this movie. Again, it is a good movie with some interjections of great cinematography, yet Secretariat was a GREAT horse and deserved a GREAT movie. This was an Oscar winning story, with an Oscar winning cast, but the script was emotionally impotent. There were no risks and risk is what horse racing is all about. The movie is so safe and there wasn't anything safe about the facts that surround this horse and his rise to be the greatest race horse that ever lived.

Still today, when I watch Secretariat run on YouTube, I cry!!! I'm not sure why, but the tears flow from the depths of my being. Rationally, I try to tell myself that he is just a horse, but something overcomes me every time, no matter how many times I watch him run. That overwhelming surge of emotion is what this story deserved. If you've ever been in the presence of a great horse, you will know what I am talking about. They are strong and confident. You can feel their aura. There is a low rolling thunder of excitement when you are near them. Talk to the people who were there. Read the first hand accounts of their emotional state when they saw this horse run. He was mesmerizing, captivating, unexplainably breathtaking. The audience deserved to feel the thunder roll through them in every scene.

I expected so much more from director Randall Wallace. The power and emotion of Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, Pearl Harbor, The Man in the Iron Mask, is what Secretariat deserves. Where was that? I'm not sure what research he did for this movie and how much his hands were tied by the real life characters or the studio, but the main character became the background and what was in the forefront was a "sugar coated" conflict of a woman with a driving passion and the place society and her family was trying to lock her into; however, even her passion didn't spill out onto the audience as it should have. I felt like the accomplishments of Penny Chenery and Secretariat have been shrunk down and placed into a nice, neat little box fit for a good little housewife and her sweet little horse. I felt as if I was the one being squelched, because I wanted so badly for everyone to share the emotion I feel at the sheer audaciousness when this horse ran. To accomplish what they accomplished, he and his owner had to be completely audacious to rise above the negativity and overwhelming odds surrounding them.

Diane Lane is one of my favorite actresses; however, her role left me doubting the character. For example, when a woman talks to her horse, she does more than look into his eye for a few seconds and say, "Well OK then". When a woman truly needs to know something from her horse she breathes him in, they breathe each other in, as their souls entwine and one knows the other. You will see it on his face and you will see it on her face, without human words being spoken. This is a rare and special event, but it happens, and it could have carried this movie. If you have seen Diane Lane in "Unfaithful" you will realize this is an actress that could translate this kind of communication and emotion to the screen.

The audience should have been allowed to feel the emotional range that surrounds all involved in preparing a horse for the greatest races any thoroughbred will ever run. Just watch horse racing on television and you will see real raw emotion that these people explode with at the end of the race. So much was on the line for everyone involved and yet throughout the movie everyone handled the stress with subdued emotion, never getting too far off the scale. Just when you thought someone was going to show some real feelings, they apologized for it. Real life is just as ugly as it is beautiful. Without the dark of night, the brightest stars would never beam their intense beauty upon us. Every masterpiece must have its extreme contrasts to fulfill the emotional needs of its audience.

I'm not blaming anyone. I am sure everyone involved did their best. I am simply sharing with the reader my disappointment in what I thought would be a thrilling tribute to a horse so deserving.

Ron Turcotte said the film captured the story "pretty well". I ask you, is "pretty well" good enough for the greatest race horse who ever ran on the track? Secretariat's heart was two and a half times the size of a normal horse's heart; I feel the portrayal of his story should have been two and a half times the size of any regular movie. He gave us everything he had when he ran the Belmont; thirty-one lengths ahead of Sham who was an amazing, record breaking horse in his own right. Don't we owe it to him, to give him everything we've got, to see that generations to come understand the events that transpired to make him who he is? Have we as a culture become so jaded that there can be no magic in the truth? Can the epic only be found in fiction? I don't believe it. I believe that purity of a moment of perfection forever locked in time is where magic can be found and that magic is why it brings inspiration and tears to the eyes of the soul who seeks it.

Suzette Howard

85 of 116 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Very big mistake musically... MarkItZero2154
What did you all expect???? kingnitro
Where's Is Seattle Slew and Affirmed Movies? GeoComet
Worst Directed Scene of Historic Belmont Win cinerepo
Secretariat was big! jnorton-9
Bible reference in the beginning of the movie AutumnSunsetNYC
Discuss Secretariat (2010) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page