Docudrama | English | 141 minutes
The Great Economic Depression in the 1930s financially ruined the Pollard family forcing them to send their son “Red” to work for a horse trainer. Charles S. Howard loses his son in an automobile accident and his wife leaves him. Tom Smith, a talented horse trainer, finding no work, becomes a drifter. The three come together when Howard buys a stable of racehorses and hires Smith. They acquire a racehorse deemed “incorrigible,” too difficult to handle. Howard sees Red Pollard brawling with other stable boys and feels this might be just the kid to tame Seabiscuit. It all falls into place as Seabiscuit becomes successful winning most of his races. Howard challenges New York tycoon Samuel Riddle, owner of the “unbeatable” War Admiral for a match race–just the two horses on the track. Pollard is injured in a riding accident and his pal, fellow jockey George Woolf, takes over. From his hospital bed, Pollard carefully instructs Woolf on how to handle Seabiscuit. It’s a race that will be watched by people around the world, most hard-pressed economically. They are yearning to see this undersized racehorse, upset and beat the great War Admiral, and bring them hope for the future.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 78%
- Metacritic Score: 72
- Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Picture; Best Screenplay (Gary Ross); Best Cinematography (John Schwartzman); Best Film Editing (William Goldenberg)
- Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Motion Picture; Best Actor in a Supporting Role (William H. Macy)
- Screen Actors Guild Awards: Nominated, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Chris Cooper)
- Writers Guild of America: Nominated, Best Adapted Screenplay (Gary Ross)
- National Board of Review: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
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His thesis is that, at that time, America needed heroes and Seabiscuit, the failure who triumphed, became a legend because he was needed. In the race against War Admiral, the champion of champions, on his own home ground, one in three Americans, including President Roosevelt, listened to the race.
The movie doesn’t make the mistake of treating the horse like a human. It is a horse all the time, a horse with the ability to run fast and an inability to lose when guided by Smith’s strategy and Pollard’s firm love.
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