Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
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
Secretariat's time in the Kentucky Derby is still the record for that race (1:59 2/5). Only one other horse has won it in under two minutes (2001, Monarchos, 1:59.97). Sham, second to Secretariat, may have run it in under two minutes, but there is no official time for him. See more »
The racetracks used have modern synthetic track surfaces, not the dirt surfaces that would have existed at the time of Secretariat's races, except Churchill Downs which is dirt. See more »
This movie is EXCELLENT and should have been up for Best Picture and best supporting actress (Diane Lane) and actor (Malkovich) but since Hollywood is so perverted, this movie wasn't even nominated. I watched the top films according to their nominations and they were ALL trash compared to this film. The story is unbelievable and I remember Big Red and watching him that year in the Derby. No bad language (or very little), a great family movie, wonderful acting, and an unbelievably true story. What more do you want in a movie? Wallace did an exceptional job with this film and deserves more credit than he got. Diane Lane was awesome and Malkovich did a great job as well. No other story like it in sports history and the movie did a great job of bringing out the details of the story and its accuracy. This is one film you'll want to buy and keep forever. It is now our entire family's favorite movie and we have watched it at least 10 times now. The cinematography is incredible! ABSOLUTELY GREAT FILM!..and the bonus feature entitled, "Heart of a Champion" is almost as good as the movie!
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