For his sophomore effort, director Gary Ross re-teams with Tobey Maguire and William H. Macy, stars of his directorial debut Pleasantville, for this depression-era sports drama about the legendary racehorse, Seabiscuit. Unlike 1949's fictionalized The Story of Seabiscuit starring Shirley Temple, this version attempts to present a factual account ...
For his sophomore effort, director Gary Ross re-teams with Tobey Maguire and William H. Macy, stars of his directorial debut Pleasantville, for this depression-era sports drama about the legendary racehorse, Seabiscuit. Unlike 1949's fictionalized The Story of Seabiscuit starring Shirley Temple, this version attempts to present a factual account of the story, which centers around the three men who saw the famed horse to victory. Jeff Bridges stars as Charles Howard, an entrepreneur who owns the unlikely racehorse. Howard teams with partially blind boxer-turned-jockey Red Pollard (Maguire in his first performance since annihilating the 2002 box-office in Spider-Man) and horse trainer Tom Smith (Chris Cooper fresh off his best-supporting actor Oscar for Adaptation). Together, the three work to help the famed horse to several symbolic victories that helped to inspire a downtrodden 1930s America. The supporting cast, headed by Macy, includes Elizabeth Banks (Spider-Man) and real-life jockeys Gary Stevens and Chris McCarron. Matthew Tobey, Rovi
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If you love true stories about horses, you will enjoy this move alot.
Feb 24, 2011
Seabiscuit by a head.....
What a horse & what a story! Until Secretariat came along, no horse could match this one for stamina & heart. Laura Hillebrand told it in the book & it was captured on film perfectly, with all the actors cast perfectly! Jeff Bridges, always impeccable, portrays a tycoon who loses everything, including the most important, then bets it all on a broken down horse, but only with the help of a horse whisperer, portrayed by Chris Cooper, probably the best character actor ever. Tobey Maguire has the spirit & heart to match Seabiscuit's as the scrappy, intelligent jockety, who gets into the profession by chance; but he knows what he is doing, and knows his horse. It is a wonderful, heartwarming movie, and most of all, it is true. You will watch it again & again over the years. Suitable for kids over ten, who will love it too.