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
The scene where Penny Chenery can't make it to Kate's play, listens on the phone, and collapses in sobs on the hotel bed was done in one take. Randall Wallace said he was so emotionally involved in the scene he couldn't have shot another one. See more »
In Secretariat's first winning race depicted in the film, the race track announcer refers to the track as "Saratoga Park," but historically Saratoga Race Course has never gone by that name. See more »
Maybe Next Time They'll Make a Movie About Secretariat
The movie is great for families, as there were a number of children in the theater who really enjoyed the film. There isn't any off-color language or scenes, and it is well acted and well made. My main complaint is that it really seemed to be the Penny Tweedy story, and not that much about Secretariat. If you want to take your children to a well made movie with horses, this is a good film. If you want to learn about the greatest racehorse of the 20th century, go to you tube and watch old clips of the actual horse itself. If you're looking for a good movie about a horse, buy or rent Seabiscuit. That movie tells much more of the story about the horse.
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