Number of Times Seen – 2 (13 Jan 2011 and 11 May 2017)
Brief Synopsis – True story of how a new horse owner and her horse trainer aim to be the first team in 25 years to win the Triple Crown of horseracing.
My Take on it – This is a little known gem of a film that I easily fell in love with the first time I saw it 6 years ago.
I’ve never been a fan of horse racing and had only heard the name Secretariat in passing (perhaps during a trivial pursuit match) and I loved the way that they told this story.
They were able to take a sport that many people (myself included) are not very familiar with and explain the facts of the sport without the audience feeling as if we are being pandered to.
Diane Lane and John Malkovich are both superb here as the owner and trainer of the one of the fastest and most winninest horse in the history of the sport.
But the true stars here are the horses used to help reenact so many of the key races in this horse’s history.
This helps us gain a deeper understand of how the sport works and how much efforts is put forth especially by the animals themselves every time they are entered in a race.
The story is quite an emotionally gripping one and I loved the message about perseverance and going for you your dreams because it is all reachable if you try.
The way that they were able to recreate so much of the races themselves is quite an impressive feat.
Bottom Line – Great biopic about one of the fastest and winningest horses in history. Lane and Malkovich are both superb here and help give this film even more heart. Loved the way they explain things to us in a matter of fact way instead of looking down on the fact that most people don’t know how Horse racing really works. The horses used here are just as much stars as the actors themselves which gives a deeper level of understanding the way a racing horse acts. The story is quite emotionally gripping and they tell it in a way where you really feel the impact of it all partially because of the way they were able to reenact so much of the real races. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the Belmont Stakes, both Secretariat’s winning margin (31 lengths) and his winning time (2:24) still stand after 37 years. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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