Secretariat

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Released 2010

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Director:
Randall Wallace
Released:
2010
Rating:
PG

Secretariat begins when Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father's thoroughbred stable, transforming from housewife to horse breeder -- and owner of the colt that will take the 1973 Triple Crown -- in this dramatic biopic. The film explores Chenery's bond with "Big Red" and depicts her rise to greatness as the "first lady of racing." John Malkovich plays trainer Lucien Laurin, and Fred Dalton Thompson co-stars as big-shot breeder Bull Hancock.

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  • 90

    Variety Justin Chang

    Conventional but rousingly effective picture.

  • 60

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The bigger and truer stars of this enjoyable, sometimes accidentally entertaining movie are the five horses that take turns playing Secretariat.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Secretariat shows no fear of the sentimental, and that's putting it mildly. This is an old-fashioned, super-genteel family movie that opens with an equine quote from the Book of Jo...

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    Drama, Sports

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    Biography, History, Historical, Horse Racing