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Ruffian (2007)

A look at the life of the thoroughbred filly that dominated horse racing in the early 1970s.

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Yves Simoneau
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sam Shepard ... Frank Whiteley
Frank Whaley ... Bill Nack
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Adam ... Mike Bell
Lisa Arnold ... Female Sports Reporter #2
Laura Bailey ... Cassie
Barry Barton Barry Barton ... News Reporter
Christine Belford ... Barbara Janney
Tony Bentley ... The Lout
John T. Billingsley John T. Billingsley ... News Camera Man
Dodie Brown ... Match Race Fan
Craig Clary Craig Clary ... Race Fan
Dave Cohen ... NYC TV Reporter
Mellinda Craig Mellinda Craig ... High Class Racetrack Patron
Kip Cummings Kip Cummings ... Reporter / Race Fan
John F. Daniel John F. Daniel ... Saratoga Race Fan
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A look at the life of the thoroughbred filly that dominated horse racing in the early 1970s.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruffian - Die Wunderstute See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Sam Shepard so completely resembled Ruffian's trainer Frank Whitely, He once mistook vintage footage of Ruffian with Frank Whitely as a daily shot when viewing editing of the film. See more »

Goofs

In certain camera angles, it can be seen that the horses playing Ruffian are actually male ( geldings) and not fillies. See more »

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Featured in 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) See more »

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I liked it a lot
11 July 2009 | by arblawSee all my reviews

I realize the horse who played Ruffian probably doesn't look like her and that Claiborne Farms is a very upscale operation. To me, however, the story is about heart, both in humans and horses, and how that binds them together and makes them great. In my opinion, Sam Shepard did a great job as Frank Whitely. I don't know enough about horse racing to pick out all the little factual flaws but to me this is a really inspiring story. The scenes are beautiful. It also captures the feel of the 1970s, at least as I remember them. The scenes where Ruffian broke down are really tragic, and it was also sad to see her in the hospital trying to recover. I liked the supporting cast quite a lot, too. To the limited extent I've been around horses, they seemed like horse people and the kind of folks who really love horses. I would recommend this movie to anyone.


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