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G, 122 minutes
Diane Lane, John Malkovich, James Cromwell, Nelsan Ellis
Throughout history, the public has revered its sports heroes. But no hockey, baseball, football or runner can equal the beauty, the power, the raw guts and speed, the sheer presence of a Thoroughbred racehorse. And few Thoroughbreds could capture and hold the imaginations and emotions of the world like Secretariat did back in the early 1970s when he blazed his way past opponents to record-breaking wins.
Diane Lane stars as Penny Tweedy, who has to overcome personal tragedy and the barriers the patriarchal racing fraternity set up in front of her in order to fulfill her dream for the horse she saw so much potential in. The intersecting lives of Penny, trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich) & jockey Ron Turcotte (both men Canadian born) turns the big, red horse into a superstar. Liberally casting some facts to the side, Secretariat is nevertheless a strong family film and one that anyone who has ever seen a Thoroughbred run will cheer for right past the finish line.