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
Otto Thorwarth, Secretariat's jockey, is a real jockey who was born in Arkansas, but spent his early life in Canada and picked up the accent. He had to work to lose it for the film. (The other jockeys are also real jockeys, there was much riding to be done and everyone knew actors couldn't get the horses to perform as required, gauging the distances needed for the various wins, places, and shows. The director says the distances are accurate to within 1/2 length in each recreation. See more »
When the jockeys are mounting their horses prior to the Belmont, Sham's jockey says to Ron Turcotte "You're going to eat dirt today Ronnie." and the crosses his arms as Turcotte walks away and says "I don't think so." under his breath. The next instant Sham's owner is talking to Sham's jockey and his arms are no longer crossed. See more »
More than three thousand years ago a man named Job complained to God about all his troubles and the Bible tells us that God answered. Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? Do you make him leap like a locust, striking terror with his proud snorting? He paused fiercely, rejoicing in his strength and charges into the fray. He laughs at fear, afraid of nothing, He does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against his side, along with the flashing ...
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Oh Happy Day
Written 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
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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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