The 2002 Melbourne Cup horse race, brotherly love and the triumph of the human spirit. A true story.


Simon Wincer


Eric O'Keefe (screenplay), Simon Wincer (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Martin Bryan Martin ... MC Jockey's Presentation
Stephen Curry ... Damien Oliver
Jodi Gordon ... Trish Oliver
Daniel MacPherson ... Jason Oliver
Alice Parkinson ... Jenny
Shaun Micallef ... Lee Freedman (as Shaun Micaleff)
Martin Sacks ... Neil Pinner
Colleen Hewett Colleen Hewett ... Pat Oliver
Andrew Curry ... Ray Oliver
Meredith Penman ... Young Pat Oliver
Brendan Gleeson ... Dermot Weld
Kate Bell ... Claire
Tom Burlinson ... Dave Phillips
Nick Simpson-Deeks ... Pat Smullen
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ... Sir Michael Smurfit


Born into a legendary racing family, jockeys Damien Oliver and his brother, Jason, followed in their father's footsteps. Ray Oliver died tragically in a racing accident when the boys were young. But racing was in their blood, and Damien in particular inherited his father's gifts. His eye was on the greatest championship of them all, the prestigious Melbourne Cup. After years of training, he was ready. Damien would ride the powerful but temperamental Media Puzzle, under the watch of the great Irish trainer Dermot Weld. Some were not so sure about Media Puzzle's chances, but Weld was confident that the great jockey and spirited horse would make an unbeatable combination. As racing day approached, horses, jockeys, trainers, owners, fans and the media from around the globe descended on Melbourne. Weld's fiercest rival, Sheikh Mohammed, the Crown prince of Dubai, sent his best horses, anxious for a Melbourne Cup win. The news channels were filled with talk and speculation about Damien and ... Written by Anonymous

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Andrew Curry (playing Ray Oliver) brother of Stephen Curry (playing Damien Oliver) plays his on screen father See more »


During the 2002 AFL season, North Melbourne did not play West Coast in a match in Melbourne. During that season the two teams met twice with the matches being played in Perth and Canberra. See more »


RTE Reporter: How about Australia? Is Vinnie good enough to take them on in the Melbourne Cup?
Dermot Weld: Ah, I wouldn't say that. I'd say he's good enough to win it.
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The Cup
11 March 2012 | by peoplesno1See all my reviews

Excellent Film, Recommended for Horse Racing Fans as is based on true events, Gets you en-thrilled with the action, Hopefully there will be other films done Similar to this on some of the UK's main Races such as the Grand National, Epsom Derby, Cheltenham Gold Cup etc.

Simiarilities to this film are Secretriat, which is nowhere near as realistic as The Cup, I thought Brendon Gleeson Did a excellent job playing the trainer Dermot Weld. To improve this film the only thing I think they could of done to improve it is have the Jockey's played by themselves.

As mentioned at the start though, a brilliant film to watch for all horse racing lovers, whether thats owners, trainers, jockey's or backers.

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13 October 2011 (Australia) See more »

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