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The extraordinary story of the thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit from his humble beginnings as an underfed, over-worked three-year old to his unlikely rise and triumphant match-race victory over the triple-crown winner, War Admiral. A half-blind ex-boxing prize fighter, Red Pollard (Maguire), who became the horse's jockey and a former "mustang breaker" Wild West performer called "The Lone Plainsman", Tom Smith (Cooper), who became the horse's trainer. As the United States struggled through the Great Depression, people around the country followed with rapt interest of the Seabiscuit story, leading to his win of the Horse of the Year honors in 1938.

Inspired by a true story, Seabiscuit races into theaters telling the story of a down and out race horse who became a nations hero and sign of hope during the worst years of the Great Depression. Despite receiving rave reviews from critics nationwide, you won't find one here. Although this movie does a respectable job at portraying the time period and the jockey profession at large there is nothing exceptional about this movie. It's like one of those movies which utilize an uplifting score to make the movie more inspirational then it actually is. It's not to say that this isn't something that box office patrons shouldn't check out, but if you enter this movie with high expectations you might be slightly disappointed. 

Tobey Mcguire quickly becoming one of Hollywood's leading men, portrays a young red head struggling to find an identity and eventually doing what he was meant to do (a jockey) although he is partially blind. 

Jeff Bridges is relatively loveable as Charles Howard, a big-hearted car dealer - and a natural-born publicity hound - who purchases the beaten-down colt on the advice of an enigmatic trainer named Tom Smith.

The movie is loosely based on a Laura Hillenbrand's biography of a Depression-era racehorse named Seabiscuit. This book captivated readers with its brutal triumph over tragedy storyline and needed little embellishment. Unfortunately Randy Newman, known for his brillance, delivers an overdone score which makes the movie play like an Afterschool Disney Special. Also, the movie does a poor job at conveying the emotions of the time period. The Great Depression was a very pivotal point in American and World history, but the magnitude of the depression is never really relayed during the movie. In one scene you see Jeff Bridges' character refuse to make layoffs at his company, but this is a scene which was useless in relation to the rest of the film. The rest of the movie effectively developed his character as a patriotic nice-guy and the inclusion of this scene really draws away from the true impact of the Great Depression rather than effectively conveying the time period.

See this movie if you're a fan of:

Cider House Rules (1999)

Tobey Mcguire (Actor, Spiderman, Cider House Rules, Wonderboys)

Gary Ross (Director/writer, Pleasantville, Big, Mr. Baseball)

Laura Hillenbrand (Biographer of Seabiscuit)

The Horse Whisperer (1998)

The Rookie (2002)

Rudy (1993)

Rocky (1976)

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Box Office Info:

Tobey Maguire (as Red Pollard)
Jeff Bridges (as Charles Howard)
Elizabeth Banks (as Marcela Howard)

Directed By: Gary Ross
Written By: Laura Hillenbrand & Gary Ross
Produced By: Universal Pictures

Release Date (US): July 22, 2003

Length of Movie: 2h 20min

Budget: $86,000,000

Opening Weekend: $20,854,735

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1. Main Title
2. Idea
3. The Crash
4. Seabiscuit
5. Call Me Red
6. Frankie
7. La Tequilera
8. Marcela/ Agua Caliente
9. Campfire
10. Red's First Win
11. Tanforan
12. Infield Folks
13. Pumpkin
14. The Derby
15. Wedding
16. Night Ride / Accident
17. To The Line
18. The Unkindest Cut
19. Ready?
20. A Nice Ride

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