An unforgettable film based on the true story about the horse whose amazing records are still on the books. Penny Chenery agrees to take over the Virginia racing stables of her ailing father, and buys Secretariat, a colt with a famous sire but a not-very-promising track record. With the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin, she navigates the perils of the male-dominated business, on the way to seeing Secretariat become the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. —Abu Dhabi Film Festival
Randall Wallace (born July 28, 1949) is an American screenwriter, director, producer, and songwriter who came to prominence by writing the screenplay for the 1995 film Braveheart. His work on the film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and a Writers Guild of America award for Best Screenplay Adapted Directly for the Screen. He directed The Man in the Iron Mask, We Were Soldiers, and Secretariat.
Born in Jackson, Tennessee, Wallace began writing stories at the age of seven. Wallace graduated from E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia. He attended Duke University, where he studied Russian, religion, and literature and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He put himself through a graduate year of seminary by teaching martial arts. Wallace holds a black belt in karate.
After managing an animal show at Nashville’s Opryland, Wallace moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in singing and songwriting. He began… read more
As my doctor says, a horse steak once a month, it's good for the heart but a movie about horses more than once a year is more than I can bear. I have never been very fond of this Hollywood subgenre that tries to transfer the We Can Do It motto in the Animal Kingdom. Recommended though for its culinary impact.
It adheres to the typical model of large-budgeted Hollywood films, circumventing important issues to focus on tried-and-tested formulas of popular cinema. Maybe there is nothing inherently wrong with this film, but it supports and represents what is bad with current Hollywood filmmaking processes. Lane, Martindale and Malkovich's performance's are good, but by no means their best. Enjoyable, I guess, but problematic.