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Release Date:
8 October 2010 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Impossible True Story
Plot:
Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Good, but not GREAT! See more (131 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Diane Lane ... Penny Chenery

John Malkovich ... Lucien Laurin

Dylan Walsh ... Jack Tweedy

Margo Martindale ... Miss Ham

Nelsan Ellis ... Eddie Sweat

Otto Thorwarth ... Ronnie Turcotte

Fred Dalton Thompson ... Bull Hancock

James Cromwell ... Ogden Phipps

Scott Glenn ... Chris Chenery

Michael Harding ... E.V. Benjamin (as Mike Harding)

Richard Fullerton ... Robert Kleburg

Tim Ware ... John Galbreath

Nestor Serrano ... Pancho Martin
Keith Austin ... Laffit Pincay

Kevin Connolly ... Bill Nack

Eric Lange ... Andy Beyer

Drew Roy ... Seth Hancock

Carissa Capobianco ... Sarah Tweedy

AJ Michalka ... Kate Tweedy

Sean Michael Cunningham ... Chris Tweedy (as Sean Cunningham)

Jacob Rhodes ... John Tweedy

Dylan Baker ... Hollis Chenery

Graham McTavish ... Earl Jansen
Tom Foley ... Jimmy Gaffney
Grant Whitacre ... Paul Feliciano
Forry Smith ... Obnoxious Owner
Tom Clark ... CBS Anchor
Ken Strunk ... Dr. Manuel Gilman

H. Jazz Undy ... Fan #1 (as Jazz Undy)
Michael Guthrie ... Fan #2
Cullen Wallace ... Che Wannabe
Mike Battaglia ... Derby Official

Wynn Reichert ... Pastor
Tony Renaud ... Reporter #1
Jennifer Trier ... Receptionist
Tim Layden ... Reporter #2
William Nack ... Reporter #3 (as Bill Nack)
Pam Pryor ... Waitress (as Pamela Pryor)
Kate Ward ... Belmont Guest
Andrew Wallace ... Belmont Singer
Rusty Hendrickson ... Burger Joint Cook
Michael Boyd ... Golfer #1
Michael Mills ... Golfer #2
Albert Duhon ... Berated Stable Hand

Audrey P. Scott ... 6-Year-Old Penny (as Audrey Scott)
Slaid Parker ... New York Taxi Driver

Joe Chrest ... Sports Broadcaster
Jason Schwartz ... Spectator
Reid Cherner ... Hack Pack
Hank Goldberg ... Hack Pack
Dick Jerardi ... Hack Pack
John McClain ... Hack Pack
Jay Privman ... Hack Pack
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matthew W. Allen ... Horse Owner (uncredited)
Apollo Bacala ... Churchill Upper (uncredited)

Billy W. Blackwell ... Upperclass Secretariat Fan (uncredited)
Allen Boudreaux ... Churchill Downs Fan (uncredited)
John Broussard ... Extra (uncredited)
Perry A. Brown ... Father of Little Girl with Camera (uncredited)

Sonny Burnette ... Gentlemen's Club Member (uncredited)
Kat Carney ... Upper Class Stand Fan (uncredited)

Grant Case ... Kentucky National Guard (uncredited)

Penny Chenery ... Preakness Spectator (uncredited)

Lonell R. Childred ... Belmont Press Reporter (uncredited)
Bob C. Cooke ... Race Fan - Belmont (uncredited)
Kari Cornwell ... Upperclass Racing Fan (uncredited)

Russ Croley ... Golfer (uncredited)
Bernard Curioso ... Upper Saratoga (uncredited)
Michael Dempsey ... National Guardsman (uncredited)
Tim Ditmore ... Churchill Downs Press Member (uncredited)
Todd Fischer ... Millionaire (uncredited)

Christina Gabrielle ... Upper Race Fan (uncredited)
Lori Gabrielle ... Horse Owner (uncredited)
Russell Haynes ... Jockey (uncredited)

Bret Hopkins ... Reporter at Belmont Park (uncredited)

Chad Hundley ... Hippie Belmont Fan (uncredited)

Toni Karpinski ... Mother of Girl with Camera (uncredited)

Sarah Lonsert ... Fan (uncredited)

Stefania Marcone ... Saratoga Fan (uncredited)

Lisette Markham ... Churchill Downs Race Fan (uncredited)
Terri May ... Jockey Assistant (uncredited)
John Mendell ... Horse Trainer (uncredited)

Claude Miles ... Upperclass Belmont Extra (uncredited)

Jeff Mitchell ... Saratoga Spectator (uncredited)

Vin Morreale Jr. ... Race Track Usher (uncredited)

Joe Mullins ... Mayor (uncredited)
Keith Nicholson ... Upper Class Fan (uncredited)
Lisa Nicholson ... Upperclass Derby Fan (uncredited)
Cassidy Rae Owens ... Belmont Extra (uncredited)

Kayla Perkins ... Upperclass Belmont Fan (uncredited)

LaDonna Pettijohn ... Upper Class Fan (uncredited)
David Pittinger ... Horse Owner (uncredited)
Mark Rayner ... School principal (uncredited)

Jim Robertson ... Press Reporter (uncredited)
Jason Saint ... Guy in Conversation (uncredited)
Rhonda Schaubert ... Horse Owner (uncredited)
James Scogin ... Upperclass Belmont Fan (uncredited)
Mike Scogin ... Upperclass Belmont Fan (uncredited)
Natalia Sezer ... Racetrack Fan (uncredited)

Tom Shafer ... Nassau County Police (uncredited)
Chaz Smith ... Race Official (uncredited)

Jeffrey Wayne Smith ... Horse Owner (uncredited)
Logan Douglas Smith ... Horse Owner (uncredited)
Roger D. Smith ... Multifarious Stature (uncredited)
Sandy Gwen Smith ... Horse Owner (uncredited)

Rhyan Sprague ... Little Girl with Camera (uncredited)

T.C. Stallings ... Upper Class Fan (uncredited)

Stephen Stanton ... Triple Crown Race Announcer (uncredited)

Casey Tackett ... Upperclass Belmont Fan (uncredited)

James Tackett ... Upper Class Race Fan (uncredited)
Jerry L. Wallace ... Churchill Downs Reporter (uncredited)
James White ... Upscale Fan Churchill Downs blue suit jacket alfro gold glasses (uncredited)
Gianna Wolf ... Horse Track Fan (uncredited)

Directed by
Randall Wallace 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Mike Rich (written by)

William Nack (book "Secretariat: The Making of a Champion") (suggestion)

Produced by
Jayne Armstrong .... associate producer
Mark Ciardi .... producer
Gordon Gray .... producer
Bill Johnson .... executive producer
Mike Rich .... executive producer
Andrew Wallace .... associate producer
Kim H. Winther .... co-producer (as Kim Winther)
 
Original Music by
Nick Glennie-Smith 
 
Cinematography by
Dean Semler 
 
Film Editing by
John Wright 
 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
 
Production Design by
Donald Dowd (designer)
Thomas E. Sanders 
 
Art Direction by
Sarah Boardman 
Naaman Marshall (supervising art director)
 
Set Decoration by
Patrick Cassidy 
 
Costume Design by
Michael T. Boyd 
 
Makeup Department
Stephen Bettles .... third makeup artist
Julie Hewett .... makeup artist: Ms. Lane
Krystal Kershaw .... makeup artist
Erwin H. Kupitz .... wigs: Ms. Lane
Jack Lazzaro .... makeup artist
Dee Leveque .... assistant hair stylist
Beth Miller .... hair stylist: Ms. Lane
Michael Mills .... makeup department head
Richard Redlefsen .... key makeup artist
Kim Santantonio .... hair department head
Melizah Schmidt .... key hair stylist (as Melizah Anguiano Schmidt)
 
Production Management
Susan McNamara .... unit production manager
Peter J. Novak .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Benjamin T. Brammeier .... second second assistant director
Dennis Burrell .... second assistant director: second unit
Kali R. Harrison .... second second assistant director (as Kali Harrison)
Douglas Plasse .... first assistant director: second unit
Kim H. Winther .... first assistant director
Lars P. Winther .... first assistant director: second unit
Heather Wusterbarth .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
John Blanchard .... carpenter
Eric Breaux .... property assistant
Eric Breaux .... props
Gail Briant .... scenic foreman
Helen Britten .... assistant set decorator
Eddie Burcham .... set dresser
William Burck .... scenic artist
Joshua L. Ellsworth .... shop foreman
Jeff Garbacz .... carpenter
Paul Giglione .... painter
Chris Grantz .... set dresser
David Gulick .... property master
Forrest A. Haag .... lead props: second unit
Roy Harrison .... set dresser
Claire Hassig .... signwriter
Frank Hendrick .... set dresser
Michael Hendrick .... set dresser
Mike Herriage .... greensman
Juliana Hoffpauir .... set decoration buyer
Craig Jackson .... art director: Kentucky
Sam Jacobs .... props assistant
J.D. Jacoby .... props assistant
Tom Jones Jr. .... construction coordinator
Kent Jones .... paint supervisor
Jenne Lee .... art department coordinator
Twig Leveque .... graphic designer
Ken Lewis Jr. .... painter
Jennifer Lewis .... painter
Natalie Long .... storyboard artist
Alex McCarroll .... set designer
Robert Misetich .... paint foreman
Larry Misselhorn .... head greensman
Scotty Morris .... swing gang boss
David Myers .... painter
Jason Oertling .... scenic painter
Jason Oertling .... set dresser
Brad Quintana .... painter
Kevin Reilly .... props assistant
Janna Roach .... prop assistant
Adam Ryan .... construction medic
Tommy Samona .... leadman
Roger Scruggs .... construction foreman
Secretariat .... greensman
Maria Senger .... set dec/props secretary
Barry Spencer .... gang boss
Denise Templeton .... construction buyer
Jeffrey Scott Thomas .... carpenter
Darrell L. Wight .... set designer
Jesse Williams .... toolman
Travis Witkowski .... art department assistant
 
Sound Department
Brian Armstrong .... foley editor
Kami Asgar .... supervising sound editor
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Beau Borders .... sound re-recording mixer
Josh Bower .... boom operator (additional photography)
Derek Casari .... adr stage engineer
Benjamin L. Cook .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Benjamin L. Cook .... sound designer
Tim Cooney .... sound mixer
John T. Cucci .... foley artist (as John Cucci)
David O. Daniel .... sound mixer
Rene Defrancesch .... sound utility
Michael Dressel .... foley editor
Tracy Duncan .... epk sound mixer
Joe Dzuban .... sound effects editor
Lesa Foust .... boom operator
John Guentner .... foley mixer
Scott G.G. Haller .... dialogue editor
Mark Larry .... sound editor
Herwig Maurer .... sound effects editor
Sean McCormack .... supervising sound editor
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer
Christian P. Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan O'Connell .... foley artist
Kevin O'Connell .... sound re-recording mixer
Erin Oakley .... adr supervisor
Jay Petach .... adr recordist: Cincinnati
Paul Pirola .... sound effects editor
Jacob Riehle .... assistant sound editor
Danial Shimiaei .... sound re-recording stage engineer
Tim Tuchrello .... sound editor
Jon Wakeham .... adr editor
Drew Webster .... sound re-recording mix technician
David Weisberg .... adr mixer
Scott Connolly .... sound utility (uncredited)
Kevin McLaughlin .... adr (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Michael Ahasay .... special effects foreman
Daniel Coulthard .... special effects technician
Paul J. Lombardi .... special effects coordinator
John D. Milinac .... special effects coordinator
Patrick Tantalo .... special effects foreman
Robert Vazquez .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Akemi Abe .... rotoscoping artist
Jordan Alphonso .... compositor: Pixel Magic
Cory Berendzen .... assistant colorist
Charles Bunnag .... second digital colorist
Patrick Clancey .... digital opticals
Anthony D'Agostino .... matchmover: Pixel Magic
Rif Dagher .... cg supervisor
Donald Gremillion II .... rotoscope and cg artist: Pixel Magic
Christopher Keith .... visual effects on-set coordinator
Tracy L. Kettler .... VFX Production Supervisor
Philippe Majdalani .... digital intermediate assistant producer
John R. McConnell .... digital compositor
Ray McIntyre Jr. .... visual effects supervisor
Brad Moylan .... compositing supervisor: Pixel Magic
Patrick Paul Mullane .... matte painter: Pixel Magic
David Ridlen .... cg artist
Ray Scalice .... executive producer: Pixel Magic
Steven J. Scott .... supervising digital colorist
G. Allen Stewart .... compositor
Patrick Trahan .... digital compositor
Norie Varga .... compositor
Dione Wood .... visual effects producer: Pixel Magic
Neil Craig .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Jason Shulman .... character animator: Pixel Magic (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Donny Bailey .... stunt driver
James Bruin .... utility stunts
Rusty Hendrickson .... stunt coordinator
Scout Schoenfeld Hendrickson .... utility stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Adam Austin .... libra head operator
Gerald Autin .... grip best boy
James Bearb .... rf technician assistant
Patrick Bensimmon .... second assistant camera: additional photography
John Betancourt .... tech
John Bramley .... still photographer
Eliot Brasseaux .... camera production assistant
Ben Burke .... grip
Michael Ciancio .... phantom technician
Larry Cottrill .... best boy electric
Will Cravens .... grip
Rene Crusto .... grip
Dan Cunningham .... grip: second unit, Kentucky
William DiCenso .... rf technician
Matt Fortlage .... vfx unit: camera assistant
James J. Gilson .... chief lighting technician
Mark Goellnicht .... camera operator: "a" camera
Mark Goellnicht .... steadicam operator
Ron Goodman .... aerial director of photography: SpaceCam
Kirk Greenberg .... best boy rigging grip
Tonja Greenfield .... loader
Brad 'Mo' Gremillion .... rigging best electric
Michael Guthrie .... best boy grip
Robert Hatfield .... digital imaging technician (as Bobby Hatfield)
Tim Hawn .... lighting technician
Kim Heath .... key rigging grip
Jeff 'Moose' Howery .... dolly grip
Tommy Klines .... first assistant camera
Kris Krosskove .... camera operator
Kris Krosskove .... director of photography: second unit
Jerry L. Mandley .... lighting technician
Bradley Martin .... lighting technician
Peter McAdams .... best boy grip: second unit
Maurice K. McGuire .... camera operator
Aeron McKeough .... camera loader: second unit
Fred L. McLane .... first assistant camera
Markus Mentzer .... assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Richard Merryman .... b camera operator
Christopher Meydrich .... lighting technician
Paul Murphey .... key digital video assist operator
John Murphy .... dolly grip
Tim Nagasawa .... camera utility
Amy Newman .... lighting technician
George Peters .... camera operator
Jason Prowell .... lighting technician
Chad Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, steadicam
Rick Secosky .... grip
Brad Shield .... second unit cinematographer
Keegan Stokley .... grip: second unit
Jeffrey Scott Thomas .... electrician
Tommy Tieche .... first assistant camera: second unit, Kentucky
Daniel Tkaczyk .... lighting technician
Aaron Toups .... rigging grip
Michael Trejo .... grip
Roger Wall .... assistant camera
Jessy Cale Williamson .... rf technician assistant
Alex Willson .... lighting technician
Dennis Boni .... additional photography (uncredited)
Andy Kuester .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Nathan Spencer .... rf technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Susan Paley Abramson .... casting associate
Liz Arnold-Hood .... extras casting: Kentucky
Shannon Cain .... casting assistant
Shannon Cain .... extras casting assistant
Cody Chandler .... extras casting assistant
Danielle Colli .... casting assistant
Vanessa Curtis Block .... extras casting assistant
Tara Duncil .... casting director: background
Lauren Hill .... casting assistant
Tracy Kilpatrick .... casting
Brinkley A. Maginnis .... casting director: background
Jacob H. Page .... extras casting assistant
Katy Peppard .... extras casting assistant
Elisa Platillero .... extras casting assistant
Carrie-Ellen Zappa .... extras casting
Alice M. Peschl .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leoisick Castro .... costumer
Heather Chaffee .... costumer: Ms. Lane
Michael Crow .... assistant costume designer: Diane Lane
Lois DeArmond .... assistant costume designer
Annette Farnsworth .... set costumer
Marissa Floro .... costume production assistant
Michelle M. Hebert .... costume production assistant
S. Aimee Helms .... set costumer
Jennifer Hensgens .... costumer
Shannon Jantz .... costumer
Frances LeCompte .... tailor/seamstress
Virginia Lise Melin .... costume production assistant
Patrick O'Driscoll .... costumer
Katie Obacz .... costumer
Alice Powell .... costumer
Leeann Radeka .... assistant costume designer
Giselle Spence .... workroom supervisor
Hayley Stuppel .... costumer: Mr. Malkovich
Susan Thomas .... set costumer
Jen Wasson .... set costumer
Julie Weiss .... costume designer: Diane Lane
Beverly Woods .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Judith Babcock .... technical supervisor dailies
George Chavez .... color timer
Julia Marino .... post-production assistant
Mark Perzely .... first assistant editor
Jonny Winograd .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
George Doering .... musician
Bruce Dukov .... concertmaster
Bruce Dukov .... violin
Steve Erdody .... musician: featured cello
M.B. Gordy .... musician: Percussion
Benoît Groulx .... orchestrator
Tom Hardisty .... score recordist
Jamie Luker .... music scoring engineer
Malcolm Luker .... music score mixer
Joseph Magee .... production music mixer
Abhay Manusmare .... digital score recordist
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Booker White .... head of music preparation
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz .... music editor
Monica Zierhut .... music production supervisor
Frank Macchia .... music preparation (uncredited)
Aaron Meyer .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Robert Brubaker .... transportation captain
Melvin Douglas Burton .... driver: camera truck
Lyle Christensen .... camera car driver
Daniel Davis .... transportation captain
Chris Dunn .... driver
Gary Edelman .... transportation captain: re-shoots Kentucky
Monte Emery .... picture car coordinator
Ken Farnell .... transportation
Keith D. Fisher .... transportation coordinator: VFX unit
Robert Foster Jr. .... driver
Mitch Harbeson .... driver
Lance Leis .... driver
Reggie Louque .... driver
Matt Neel .... driver
Randy Southerland .... captain: second unit
Timothy Stephens .... base camp generator
David G. Todd .... transportation
 
Other crew
Lisa Baldwin .... stand-in
Sara Bartkiewicz .... assistant production coordinator
Michelle Basterrechea .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
Chris Baugh .... location manager: Kentucky
Mary Bean .... set production assistant
Michael Betz .... key assistant location manager
Eleanor Boatwright .... jockey continuity
F. Elemi Brown .... environmental steward
Lisa Brown .... horse continuity
Brandon e Buck .... craft service
Dottie Buck .... craft service
David Calvert-Jones .... aerial coordinator/pilot
Jonelle Castillo .... production secretary
Aaron Champion .... production assistant
Penny Chenery .... consultant
Al Connell .... payroll accountant
Michael Conway .... production assistant
Jaci Cordell .... stand-in
Zane Crump .... office production assistant
Hunter Curry .... office production assistant: second unit
Amelia Cutadean .... production assistant
Alex Dawson .... production assistant
Georgia M.R. Dawson .... assistant production coordinator: Kentucky
Beth Dewey .... main title producer
Victor DiMichina .... technical production supervisor
D.R. Farquharson .... project manager: Deluxe Digital Cinema
Will Finch .... stand-in
Josh Flowers .... production assistant
Meredith Fraser .... accounting clerk
Pam Fuller .... script supervisor
Allison Furgal .... production coordinator: Kentucky
Vanessa Gaitan .... production assistant
Ryan Geers .... stand-in
Michael 'Goat' Goatley .... production assistant
Matthew Goodwin .... key set production assistant
Damon Michael Gordon .... location manager: new york unit
Jane E. Graves .... key assistant location manager
Hodge Grigsby .... stage manager
Elizabeth Ridley Hagan .... second assistant accountant
Robert Hatfield .... projectionist (as Bobby Hatfield)
Letitia Hoaas .... set teacher
Ann Horton .... production assistant
Kendrick Hudson .... location scout
Wesley Johnson .... production assistant
Chris Kibler .... second assistant accountant
JohnBen Lacy .... production assistant
Margaret Lancaster .... craft service head: 2nd unit
Liz Landers .... key craft service
Derrick Landry .... first assistant accountant: Reshoots
Laneesa Lanier .... assistant post-production accountant
Amy Law .... medic
Andre Le .... location scout
Andre Le .... locations
Lee David Lee .... key assistant location manager
Peter Lowe .... chef
Elizabeth Lynch .... stand-in
Robert Mazaraki .... production coordinator
Jack D. McKinney .... assistant location manager
Megan McNichol .... assistant: Mr. Chiardi & Mr. Gray
Yury Metelski .... production assistant
Todd Y. Murata .... production executive
Heidi Brook Myers .... adr loop group
William Nack .... consultant
Ryan Neary .... assistant location manager
Ryan Needham .... office production assistant
Steve Nichols .... set medic
Bill Oaks .... first assistant accountant
Jason Derrick Ousley .... film runner
Slaid Parker .... production assistant
Jimmy Pember .... assistant to Ms. Lane
Rex Peterson .... horse trainer
Bill Rainey .... stand-in
Karen Ramirez .... travel coordinator
Rebecca Rogers .... set production assistant
Jennifer Salada .... first assistant accountant: Kentucky (as Jennifer Van Hoven)
Ellie Shiveley .... caterer
Johanna Silverman .... assistant to Mr. Cromwell
Andy Sleet .... location scout: Louisiana
Adam Snyder .... assistant location manager
Adam Snyder .... location manager: Kentucky
David Stickler .... office production assistant
Alex Taylor .... assistant: Mr. Malkovich
Donald H. Walker .... production accountant
Melissa Wiseman .... assistant accountant
David L. Wolfson .... location manager: Louisiana
Chad Dunbar .... security (uncredited)
Don Lincoln .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Leonard Lasky .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Rated PG for brief mild language
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123 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Triple Crown trophy seen after the 3rd race is the actual trophy, not a replica. It was loaned to the production by the Kentucky Derby Museum, and was human-accompanied on the trip from museum to film set and back.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The credits note that the Scripture version used at Mrs. Cheney's funeral was New International Version. Mrs. Cheney died in 1969. The NIV Bible was first copyrighted in 1973, and was not in wide-spread use by pastors, etc., until several years later. The version used at the funeral should have most likely been the King James Version, which was widely used by most pastors at that time in most main-stream denominations.See more »
Quotes:
Penny Chenery:[Chenery speaking to Secretariat the evening before the Belmont Stakes] I've run my race. You run yours.See more »
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Soundtrack:
My Old Kentucky HomeSee more »

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80 out of 108 people found the following review useful.
Good, but not GREAT!, 13 October 2010
Author: howardhorsehold from Clovis, New Mexico

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

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