Seabiscuit

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Released 2003

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Seabiscuit

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Director:
Gary Ross
Released:
2003
Rating:
PG-13

Seabiscuit is a 2003 film based on the career of Seabiscuit - a race horse from the Depression era who inspired hope among all those surrounding him, despite all odds against him. The film, directed by Gary Ross (Pleasantville) stars a powerhouse ensemble of Hollywood actors including Tobey McGuire, Jeff Bridges, and Chris Cooper. Charles Howard (Jeff Bridges) owns Seabiscuit, a small, brown, thorough-bred race horse with not much promise of becoming a profitable investment. Howard enlists a friend, Tom Smith (Chris Cooper) to help train the beast. Red Pollard (Tobey Maguire), a failed, half-blind ex-boxer in need of money trains alongside Howard and Smith as jockey. All three work together to create an unstoppable and unrivaled race horse who had no promise at first. Seabiscuit's success raised spirits during a dark period in the United States. A supporting cast includes Elizabeth Banks, William H. Macy, Gary Stevens and Chris McCarron. Be sure to check out why Seabiscuit changes so many people's lives.

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    It is not as exceptional a film as the reality deserves, but with a story this strong and races this expertly re-created, it squeezes out a victory by being as good a movie as it n...

  • 70

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Somehow we are never quite swept into the boisterous, democratic world of which Seabiscuit, in Ms. Hillenbrand's account, was the plucky, galloping embodiment.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Respectable when it should be thrilling, honorable when it should be rough and ready.

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Drama, Sports

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mainstream america, the underdog, old time america, coping with death, history defining moment