Saturday, February 1, 2014

Secretariat (2010) [PG] ****

Secretariat is the incredible true story of the chestnut stallion known to his trainer and jockey as Big Red, and who was arguably one of the greatest thoroughbred race horses in the history of the sport. In 1970, housewife and mother Penny Chenery Tweedy decided to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables. Against all odds, Penny bet the future of the family farm on Secretariat, an untested yearling. With the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin and jockey Ronnie Turcotte, Secretariat won theHorse of the Year award in 1972 as a two-year-old, and then won the 1973 Triple Crown, breaking records in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, and winning the Belmont Stakes by a mind-boggling 31 lengths.

Written by Mike Rich (Finding Forrester, The Rookie, Radio), Secretariat features excellent lead performances by Diane Lane as Penny Chenery Tweedy, and John Malkovich as Lucien Laurin, as well as an impressive supporting cast including Otto Thorwarth as Turcotte, Dylan Walsh as Penny's husband Jack Tweedy, Margo MartindaleJames CromwellFred Dalton Thompson and Scott Glenn. Even if you are not a fan of horse racing, I invite you to watch this stirring, uplifting motion picture. 

Labels: drama, family, history, sport   
Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 61/100    
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=61,viewers=76)    

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