Seabiscuit

Production year: 2003

Drama PG-13   Running time: 2:21

IMDB rating:   7.3     Aspect: Wide;  Languages: English;  Subtitles: English;  Audio: DD 5.1

Proving that truth is often greater than fiction, the handsome production of Seabiscuit offers a healthy alternative to Hollywood's staple diet of mayhem. With superior production values at his disposal, writer-director Gary Ross (Pleasantville) is a bit too reverent toward Laura Hillenbrand's captivating bestseller, unnecessarily using archival material--and David McCullough's familiar PBS-styled narration--to pay Ken Burns-like tribute to Hillenbrand's acclaimed history of Seabiscuit, the knobby-kneed thoroughbred who "came from behind" in the late 1930s to win the hearts of Depression-weary Americans. That caveat aside, Ross's adaptation retains much of the horse-and-human heroism that Hillenbrand so effectively conveyed; this is a classically styled "legend" movie like The Natural, which was also heightened by a lushly sentimental Randy Newman score. Led by Tobey Maguire as Seabiscuit's hard-luck jockey, the film's first-rate cast is uniformly excellent, including William H. Macy as a wacky trackside announcer who fills this earnest film with a much-needed spirit of fun.

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Features

Audio commentary
Featurettes/Behind-The-Scenes/Documentaries
Photo gallery
Production notes

Special features

Commentary by Director Gary Ross and Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh
"Seabiscuit: Racing Through History"
"Bringing the Legend to Life"
Anatomy of a Movie Moment: From Script to Screen
Photo Finish: Jeff Bridges's On-Set Photographs
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