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Category: Drama
All Genres: Drama, History, Sport
Release Year: 2010
Country: USA
Runtime: 123
Rating: 8.6 (0)
Languages: English
Director: Randall Wallace
Sound: Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS

  • The Impossible True Story

  • Writing by: Mike Rich – (written by)
    William Nack – (book "Secretariat: The Making of a Champion") (suggestion)

    Produced by: Jayne Armstrong – associate producer
    Mark Ciardi – producer
    Pete DeStefano – producer
    Gordon Gray – producer
    Bill Johnson – executive producer
    Todd Y. Murata – production executive
    Mike Rich – executive producer
    Andrew Wallace – associate producer

    Cast: Diane Lane – Penny Chenery
    John Malkovich – Lucien Laurin
    Dylan Walsh – Jack Tweedy
    Margo Martindale – Miss Ham
    Nelsan Ellis – Eddie Sweat
    Otto Thorwarth – Ronnie Turcotte
    Fred Dalton Thompson – Bull Hancock
    James Cromwell – Ogden Phipps
    Scott Glenn – Chris Chenery
    Michael Harding – E.V. Benjamin (as Mike Harding)
    Richard Fullerton – Robert Kleburg

    Music: Nick Glennie-Smith
    Official Website: Visit Website

    Plot Outline:

    Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.

    Plot: Housewife and mother Penny Chenery agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery — with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin — manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in twenty-five years.

    Movie Quotes:

    Johnny Knoxville: [dressed as Santa Claus] Santa did have a few drinks last night, so this ain't gonna feel too good.

    Goofs: We know about 11 goofs. Here comes one of them:
    Anachronisms: In a scene set in 1969, Bull Hancock (Fred Dalton Thompson) describes Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich) saying that he “dresses like Super Fly.” The movie “Super Fly” was not released until 1972.

    Trivia: There are 15 entries in the trivia list – like these:

    • Not only did Secretariat set the record for the fastest time at the Kentucky Derby (1:59 2/5), each of his quarter-mile splits were faster than the preceding one, which means he was still accelerating at the end of the race. His split times were: 25 1/5, 24, 23 4/5, 23 2/5, and 23.
    • Secretariat's time in the Kentucky Derby is still the record for that race (1:59 2/5). Only one other horse has won it in under two minutes (2001, Monarchos, 1:59.97). Sham, second to Secretariat, may have run it in under two minutes, but there is no official time for him.
    • The racing scenes in 'Secretariat' are all recreations except one: the Preakness which is seen on an old TV in the Tweedy family den. That's historical footage of the actual race.

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