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
In the movie Secretariat, the lines actor John Malkovich spoke in French, are not subtitled in English. See more »
When Lucien, Penny and Ronnie are in a restaurant talking about Secretariat being declared Horse of the Year, the cook says he needs more meat because, "These little guys eat like elephants." A jockey's livelihood depends on weighing no more than 120 pounds. Active jockeys exercise obsessively and follow very strict diets. See more »
Formula bio-pic sports flick about the wonderhorse of the 70s. Diane Lane and John Malkovich are good, but the film is very problematic. A throwback to 1930s style melodrama, the story tells us very little about Secretariat itself, but concentrates on the behind the scenes drama concerning the owner and the problems in her life. The photography is lush, but its no "Black Stallion",the music swells, and the phoney "feel good" factor manifests itself from the get-go. All it really is is a horse movie with some TV movie style meloramatics added to the scenario. Its the Triple Crown of boredom and predictability. The whole atmosphere has a scrubbed, sterile 1950s feel to it even though it takes place in the early 70s. Sad thing about it is that if you are interested in the "sport of kings", this movie will tell you very little about it. Plastic and totally predictable, a complete waste of celluloid. Trying to review a film like this objectively is the same thing as whipping a dead horse. Secretariat gets scratched at the start.If you are looking for a winner, the multiplex playing Secretariat is not the place to show. You can bet on THAT! Another PU movie review from Lou.
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