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Secretariat (2010)

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Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.

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... Penny Chenery
... Lucien Laurin
... Jack Tweedy
... Miss Ham
... Eddie Sweat
... Ronnie Turcotte
... Bull Hancock
... Ogden Phipps
... Chris Chenery
... E.V. Benjamin (as Mike Harding)
... Robert Kleburg
... John Galbreath
... Pancho Martin
Keith Austin ... Laffit Pincay
... Bill Nack
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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 Anonymous

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Rated PG for brief mild language | See all certifications »

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8 October 2010 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,694,770, 10 October 2010, Wide Release

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$59,713,955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,251,371
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The words that Diane Lane speaks at the end of the film are from the book of Job, Chapter 39, when God is describing horses. Verse 22: "It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword." Verse 24: "In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds." See more »

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In the 1969 scene where Penny's son John is building a model airplane on the coffee table, he is building the Monogram 1/48 scale Boeing B-29 Superfortress, a kit that wasn't produced until the 1980s. See more »

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Triple Crown Race Announcer: [Secretariat is leading by 11 lengths and still accelerating] Entering the final turn, Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine!
Pancho Martin: That's impossible.
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Zappa Studios talent for extra work. See more »

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Referenced in Modern Family: CHiPs and Salsa (2018) See more »

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My Old Kentucky Home
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by Tricia Aguirre
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Exciting Fare
7 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

"It is beautiful to watch a fine horse gallop, the long stride, the rush of the wind as he passes—my heart beats quicker to the thud of the hoofs and I feel his strength." Richard Jefferies

Secretariat is no exception. It's the story of the fastest horse in history, first known as Big Red, who went on to win horse racing's triple crown on 1973, a feat not accomplished in 25 years. After that he sired 600 foals, much to the delight of his investors, the first to invest solely in a stud future.

But then I love Seabiscuit (2003) for it depression-era cheerleading. This is what American filmmakers do well--a rouser with messages, big–screen chases, and sentimentality for the little guy. Seabiscuit is Rocky for horses, a suspenseful crowd pleaser with characters such as the whisperer played by Chris Cooper, who said, "You don't throw a whole life away just because it's banged up a little." The thought resonates for almost everyone in the film, a tribute to unity of theme and expression of actor.

Similarly there's more than just a racing film in Secretariat; after all National Velvet has a more interesting story and a younger heroine in Elizabeth Taylor, but that was decades ago. This true story is about the grit of Penny Chenery, who took over Virginia's Meadow Stables from her father and beat the male-dominated odds.

This quintessential Disney movie depicts her as tough and loving, a mother and a businesswoman, who can serve as a model for young women aspiring to reach great goals even in this liberated 21st century, which still has a ways to go before it expunges fully the sexism scourge.

The photography is bracing, often putting the camera right by the prancing hoofs or mid-level close to the steed's haunches. Although nothing new here, it is still exciting fare. Because we all know going in that our horse will win the crown, director Randall Wallace is especially successful in keeping us interested and worried for Secretariat.

Disclosure: I like most Hollywood horse-racing stories.


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