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At Theaters: 7/25/2003 On Video: 12/16/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 9 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419928
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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The story that transfixed a nation from one of the most beloved and widely-read non-fiction books of the past decade: Seabiscuit. This is the tale of the down-and-out racehorse that took the entire nation on the ride of a lifetime.
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Drama - A rather slow, but very moving, feel good drama that will lift your spirits and put a lump in your throat. It's a very inspiring movie of hope and second chances that will leave you feeling better about your ability to overcome any problems you may have in your life.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Tobey Maguire SPIDER-MAN, WONDER BOYS, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES
Jeff Bridges K-PAX, THE CONTENDER, SIMPATICO, THE MUSE
Chris Cooper THE BOURNE IDENTITY, ME, MYSELF AND IRENE
Elizabeth Banks CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Gary Stevens Acting Debut
William H. Macy JURASSIC PARK III, HAPPY, TEXAS, MYSTERY MEN
Wri/Dir: Gary Ross PLEASANTVILLE
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About The Production
About The Production (Continued)
About The Horses and Jockeys
Shooting
Locations
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PROFANITY: 4 GD's, 8 S-words. Several milder words.
SEX/NUDITY: A scene with a prostitute. No sex or nudity.
VIOLENCE: Some bloody boxing matches.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drinking and smoking.
ACTION: Several exciting horse races.
COMEDY: A good amount of humor for this type of movie.
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Very Good

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Eventually, Seabiscuit settles into a nice rhythm, and, as it enters the stretch run, it exhibits all the necessary elements of a good sports movie. Like the horse it's named after, Seabiscuit has a lot of heart, and, in the end, that's what won me over.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "Seabiscuit will satisfy those who have read the book, and I imagine it will satisfy those like myself, who have not. ...I saw people crying after "Seabiscuit," too. It's yet more evidence for my theory that people more readily cry at movies not because of sadness, but because of goodness and courage.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Very Good "Classy and informative even when it needs a bit more clip to its clop, Seabiscuit is a coolly rendered, impressively crafted telling of a blood-stirring story told by Laura Hillenbrand in her simply grand best seller.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "The movie's secret weapons are its stellar cast, whose performances go a long way to ameliorating Ross's ham-fisted use of foreshadowing and symbols, and its brilliantly shot racing sequences — they're heart-stoppingly suspenseful even when the outcome is a matter of record.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 216 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
5
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
6
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
13
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
8
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
18
Very High
94%
30+Adults (M)
67
About 50/50
100%
30+Adults (F)
99
Very High
100%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

These are some outstanding opinions. It's very unusual to see so many "Fantastic" and "Excellent" opinions. Clearly, EVERYONE LOVED SEABISCUIT, GO SEE IT! Nuf said :-)

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Few movies have stories that can truly move and inspire you, make you believe that anything is possible, no matter what life throws at you. Men of Honor is one and now there's Seabiscuit.

This is a wonderful movie, full of feel good moments that will lift your spirits. I've already placed it on my "must buy" list when it comes to video. I plan to view it when life beats me down and I begin to give up. I'm confident Seabiscuit will be able to give me renewed strength to never give up.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
You don't throw a whole life away just 'cause it's banged up a little. It is a story that inspired a nation…and one that almost didn't happen. It is the story of a country whose dreams had been shattered…and the people who found a hero in an average horse that could achieve the unthinkable. It is the story of three lost men—Johnny "Red" Pollard (TOBEY MAGUIRE), a young man whose spirit had been broken; Charles Howard (JEFF BRIDGES), a millionaire who lost everything; and Tom Smith (CHRIS COOPER), a cowboy whose world was vanishing—who found each other and discovered hope in an unlikely place. The odds were incredible. The dream was impossible… And somehow, it actually happened.
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