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Seabiscuit
- Chris Cooper

Overview - Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling nonfiction novel comes to life with this spectacular big-screen adaptation. Set in the 1930s, SEABISCUIT weaves its story around three men who turned a seemingly untamable horse into a bona fide champion. Jeff Bridges is Charles Howard, a thriving entrepreneur who gives horse racing a shot when his wife leaves him after the death of their son.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling nonfiction novel comes to life with this spectacular big-screen adaptation. Set in the 1930s, SEABISCUIT weaves its story around three men who turned a seemingly untamable horse into a bona fide champion. Jeff Bridges is Charles Howard, a thriving entrepreneur who gives horse racing a shot when his wife leaves him after the death of their son. Chris Cooper is Tom Smith, a mumbling, sensitive horse trainer who sees the untapped potential of Seabiscuit hiding under his flawed outer shell. Tobey Maguire is Red Pollard, a stubborn, oversized jockey who is determined to prove to the world that he has what it takes to be a champion. Together, these men use their individual gifts to mold Seabiscuit into a national icon, culminating in a showdown with Triple Crown winner War Admiral. But when Red breaks his leg riding another horse, Howard must call in George Woolf (played by real life jockey Gary Stevens) to keep the dream alive. In adapting Hillenbrand's celebrated novel, writer-director Gary Ross condensed many of the book's characters and events yet his film retains the inspirational spirit of the source material, resulting in a crowd-pleasing, feel-good drama that will have audiences cheering all the while.

Cast List

Frank Marshall - American producer
Jane Sindell - Producer, SEABISCUIT (2003)
Gary Ross
Tobey Maguire - American actor, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES/SPIDER-MAN series
Toby Maguire - American actor, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES/SPIDER-MAN series
Jeff Bridges - American actor IRON MAN, THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, STARMAN
Elizabeth Banks - Actress, ROLE MODELS, W. (2008)
Chris Cooper - Actor, ADAPTATION (2002)
Randy Newman - American composer/singer/songwriter
Roger Birnbaum - Producer/Executive
Robin Bissell - Producer, SEABISCUIT (2003)
Gary Barber - Executive Producer
Laura Hillenbrand - Source Writer, SEABISCUIT (2003)
John Schwartzman - Director of Photography, PEARL HARBOR (2001)
Judianna Makovsky - Costume Designer, SEABISCUIT (2003)
Jeannine Claudia Oppewall - Production Designer, SEABISCUIT (2003)
Jeannine Oppewall - Production Designer, SEABISCUIT (2003)
Kathleen Kennedy - Producer
William H. Macy - Stage/Film Actor, STATE AND MAIN (2000)
W. H. Macy - Stage/Film Actor, STATE AND MAIN (2000)
Gary Stevens - Actor, SEABISCUIT (2003)
William Goldenberg - Editor, SEABISCUIT (2003)
Allison Thomas - Producer, SEABISCUIT (2003)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 141
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192328725
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (sexual situations and violent sports-related images)
  • Release Date: May 2006

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
True Story
Theatrical Release
Horses
1930s

 
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Theatrical Release: July 25, 2003

Reviews:
"..[The film] beautifully re-creates everything from Acapulco's brutal racing scene to that celebrated match race..." - 07/25/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...The immaculately-looking picture intercuts telling moments in the lives of the three men whose lives would intersect so decisively..." - 07/21/2003 Variety, p.26-36


"...Maguire uses his natural wariness like an all-purpose tool....When he's on a horse, Maguire becomes a different, energized animal -- and the whole movie surges ahead..." - 08/01/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.58-9


"...A coolly rendered, impressively crafted telling of a blood-stirring story..." - 07/25/2003 USA Today, p.1E


"...The races are tremendously exciting....Bridges anchors the film with simplicity and strength..." - 08/21/2003 Rolling Stone, p.81


"...The camerawork, gorgeous throughout, is particularly thrilling in the pic's racing scenes..." - 09/01/2003 Box Office, p.121


"...It's beautifully detailed and it boasts some truly eye-popping racing sequences..." - 11/01/2003 Film Comment, p.78


"The three leads all give careful, affecting performances..." - 12/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.51


"[Bridges] projects a winning affability and intrinsic decency." - 12/01/2005 Premiere, p.191

 
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