Secretariat 2010

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(80) IMDb 7.2/10
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Diane Lane and John Malkovich star in this Disney horse-racing drama based on real events. Despite knowing nothing about horse racing, stay-at-home mum Penny Chenery (Lane) agrees to take over the Meadow Stables in Virginia after her father falls ill. With the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (Malkovich), Chenery manages to overcome the odds by navigating her way through an aggressive, male-dominated business and ultimately producing the champion racehorse, Secretariat, who becomes the first Triple Crown winner for 25 years in 1973.

Starring:
Kevin Connolly, Fred Thompson
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Secretariat

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 58 minutes
Starring Kevin Connolly, Fred Thompson, Dylan Walsh, AJ Michalka, Dylan Baker, Nelsan Ellis, James Cromwell, John Malkovich, Diane Lane, Otto Thorwarth, Margo Martindale
Director Randall Wallace
Genres Drama
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 28 March 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 58 minutes
Starring Kevin Connolly, Fred Thompson, Dylan Walsh, AJ Michalka, Dylan Baker, Nelsan Ellis, James Cromwell, John Malkovich, Diane Lane, Otto Thorwarth, Margo Martindale
Director Randall Wallace
Genres Drama
Studio WALT DISNEY STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 28 March 2011
Main languages English

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
Denver housewife Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) takes over her father's horse racing empire when he falls ill, commuting to Virginia to take care of the farm. Having grown up in the racing world, she knows about bloodlines and invests all her efforts in Big Red, soon to be renamed Secretariat. She hires a good, but retired trainer (John Malkovich) and soon the horse is headed for the Triple Crown.

Secretariat was arguably the best race horse ever and deserved a good movie. And while the movie is good, it isn't great because Penny is the focus and the "Don't call me a housewife!" mantra gets old fast. Her success shouldn't have surprised anyone since she grew up in the horse business. She didn't have a personal, loving relationship with the horse; he was merely her meal ticket. The movie's excitement comes from Secretariat's races, which are filmed with heart-stopping intensity. The final race of the film has got to be the Most Exciting Horse Race Ever. It simply is not to be believed.

Diane Lane is fine in the role and the early 70s are recreated well with period cars and wardrobe. If you're a racing fan, you'll enjoy this film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Badgers Wife on 5 April 2011
Format: Blu-ray
A a horse-lover my husband got me this film but wasn't expecting much. Neither of us could be torn away from the screen. A very moving, heart-warming story for all the family. For both horse lovers and non-lovers. Will definately watch again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sneaker on 16 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
This is a great story of a legendary horse sometimes referred to as the "greatest racehorse that ever lived". It has much more of a human interest plot that many other similar "horse movies" so not all the action is centred around the horse. Often it focusses on the people around the horse. This makes for a fuller, more satisfying movie.
The racing sequences are brilliant and the special features of the original races etc give a great perspective on the reality of the plot and the amazing feats that this horse achieved.
In Australia, our racing hero is "Phar Lap" (see movie) with more than a few similarities to the Secretariat story of hope and inspiration to a population in bad times.
Great movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
I only recently watched Secretariat on a flight from London to the Caribbean last week (Feb 2011). I'd never heard of it and it was the first of the movies I decided I'd watch on the flight over. I ended up not watching anything else. And, I know this may sound sad but I watched it more than once during nine hours and it had me bubbling at the same place each time.

I think it's a great inspirational true story about courage and belief and it's suitable for all the family to watch. Such a pity it didn't get pre-release coverage here in the UK as had it done so, I do believe it would have done quite well, that said though, this movie won't be everybody's cup of tea.

I'll definitely get the dvd to add to my collection so my family can see it sometime.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Julie on 4 Dec 2010
Format: DVD
As this is a movie about a horse I had to go see it 1st day it hit the cinema. It was absolutely fantastic. I don't have an interest in horse racing but thanks to this movie I now know what a fantastic horse Big Red (Secretariat)was. There are many beautiful close up scenes of Reds' eyes and beautiful words describing the horses spirit. For me this was an amazing movie about an amazing horse!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
In the 60's there were two types of families: Those that had avocado kitchens and those pretentious families that had sunflower yellow kitchens. These were sunflower yellow families whose kids wanted to run away and join Allende's Chile and stole their school project idea from Simon and Garfunkel and pretended to pass it off on their own. The avocado kids were up to their knees in rice patties getting their limbs shot off by Charlie.

Since we already know the horse wins the triple crown, the movie attempts to create drama where none exists. John Malkovich plays a trainer whose clothes sometimes appear to be made from discarded table cloths. The husband is stereotypically non-supportive, until the end. When dad dies the poor family has a 6 million dollar estate tax and only 11 million dollars worth of horses. My heart just bled for poor little rich Penny who wanted to keep her prize horse. Around this point she becomes a Republican, who attends all white parties while the black horse groomer sleeps on hay.

While the acting was good, I found the script to be a bit pretentious.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dolphin TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Sep 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
When I got this DVD as a present, I was not thrilled. The initial press reviews I read were tepid or downright scathing. As a long time horse owner and rider (and generally horse crazy person) but not a fan of horse racing, I was familiar with the story of Secretariat and remember watching the live coverage of his Triple Crown races at the time, so my expectations for this DVD were low. To my surprise, I found myself getting fairly swept along by the movie and really enjoyed the pace and treatment of the horse racing action, and the characterization of the various main players. Diane Lane gave a fine performance while John Malkovich was brilliant and funny.

I agree with some of the criticism: even overlooking the many liberties they took with the real events, the movie is really all about Penny Chenery and her determination to see this special foal run and prove himself. She had many obstacles to overcome but too much is made of her "housewife" state, after all she was born and raised on a training farm.

Secretariat was truly a super-horse (his heart was twice the size of that of an average horse and some of his records still stand after 37 years) but neither his physical and mental gifts nor his unmatched dominance of the sport were sufficiently conveyed in this movie. Instead, his remarkable string of victories is presented more like a vaguely mystical journey with religious overtones. In fact, the coverage of the Belmont race is the weakest moment in the whole film, ludicrously interrupted by gospel music and shoddily re-enacted on a much smaller racecourse. It would have been much better to show the actual footage of the race which still stands as one of the greatest moments in any sport.
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