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Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | | Drama, History, Sport | 25 July 2003 (USA)
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True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Director:

Gary Ross

Writers:

Laura Hillenbrand (book), Gary Ross (screenplay)
Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David McCullough ... Narrator
Jeff Bridges ... Charles Howard
Paul Vincent O'Connor ... Bicycle Supervisor
Chris Cooper ... Tom Smith
Michael Ensign ... Steamer Owner
James Keane ... Car Customer
Valerie Mahaffey ... Annie Howard
David Doty David Doty ... Land Broker
Carl M. Craig Carl M. Craig ... Sam (as Kingston DuCoeur)
Michael O'Neill ... Mr. Pollard
Annie Corley ... Mrs. Pollard
Michael Angarano ... Young Red Pollard
Cameron Bowen ... Pollard Child
Noah Luke Noah Luke ... Pollard Child
Mariah Bess ... Pollard Child
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Storyline

It's the Depression, and everyone needs to hold onto a dream to get them through the bad times. Car maker Charles Howard is no different, he who is trying to rebuild his life after the tragic death of his only child and the resulting end of his first marriage. With second wife Marcela at his side, Charles wants to get into horse racing and ends up with a team of underdogs who are also chasing their own dream. The first is trainer Tom Smith, who has a natural instinct to spot the capabilities of horses. The second is the horse Tom chooses for Charles, Seabiscuit, an unconventional choice as despite his pedigreed lineage, Seabiscuit is small at fifteen and a half hands tall with a slight limp. But Tom can see something in Seabiscuit's nature to make him a winner, if only Seabiscuit can be retrained from his inbred losing ways. And third is the jockey they decide to hire, Johnny "Red" Pollard, so nicknamed because of his hair color. Like Tom, Red has always shown a natural way with ... Written by Huggo

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A long shot becomes a legend. See more »

Genres:

Drama | History | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual situations and violent sports-related images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The success of Spider-Man (2002) meant that Tobey Maguire was able to command a $12 million fee for this film. See more »

Goofs

When Seabiscuit is being worked out after recuperating from his injury, Charles Howard sees Tick-Tock McLaughlin in the stands, reading a paper. The paper switches back and forth from being closed to opened as the camera moves back and forth between them. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: They called it the car for Everyman. Henry Ford himself called it a car for the "great multitude." It was functional and simple, like your sewing machine or your cast-iron stove. You could learn to drive it in less than a day, and you could get any color you wanted, so long as it was black.
Narrator: When Ford first conceived the Model T, it took thirteen hours to assemble. Within five years he was turning out a vehicle every 90 seconds. Of course, the real invention wasn't the car, it was ...
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Connections

Referenced in Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Bare Midriff (2009) See more »

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There's a New Day Comin'
Written by Milton Ager, Joe Young
Performed by Ted Lewis and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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When Losers Have a Second Chance to Become Winners
25 December 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After the American Depression, the millionaire Charles Howard (Jeff Bridges) gets married again with Marcela (Elizabeth Banks) and decides to invest in a race horse. He gathers the old couch Tom Smith (Chris Cooper), the problematic jockey Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire) and the horse Seabiscuit, all of them losers, and he believes on them, giving a second chance to them. Seabiscuit becomes a winner and legend in a difficult period of the American life. "Seabiscuit" is a beautiful film with positive and wonderful messages. Charles Howard has the best lines, such as: "When the little guy doesn't know that he is little, he is capable of big things"; or, "Sometimes all somebody needs is a second chance". The excellent and underrated actor Chris Cooper has probably his best performance along his career. Although having 141 minutes running time, the viewer does not feel time passing. I particularly liked not only the direction, performances, locations and reconstitution of a period, but mainly the never corny and very positive messages in the excellent lines and screenplay. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Seabiscuit – Alma de Herói" ("Seabiscuit – Soul of Hero")


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$87,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,854,735, 27 July 2003

Gross USA:

$120,277,854

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$148,336,445
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2.39 : 1
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