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Running Time:
1 Hour, 56 Minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for brief mild language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A stimulating, but overly familiar horse-race movie; the kind you've seen before, but always enjoy.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Heart Of A Champion - This feature takes a look at one of the most famous thoroughbred horses ever known; Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary By Director Randall Wallace: Director Introduction; Memories; Seth Joins The Team; Too Soon To Celebrate; Music Video - AJ Michalka "It's Who You Are"

Diane Lane ... Penny Chenery
John Malkovich ... Lucien Laurin
Scott Glenn ... Ogden Phipps
James Cromwell ... Ogden Phipps
Dylan Walsh ... Jack Tweedy
Fred Thompson ... Bull Hancock
Kevin Connolly ... Bill Nack

Secretariat starring Diane Lane: DVD Cover Penny Chenery Tweedy (Diane Lane "Unfaithful") takes over the Virginia-based Meadow Stables from her ailing father (Scott Glenn "Training Day") and after she inherits their stud farm discovers that it's deeply in debt. Its only asset is her favorite horse whom everyone calls Big Red and whom she refuses to sell.  Aligned against her are a bunch of sexist men starting with the stable's corrupt trainer whom she immediately fires, her overly traditional husband (Dylan Walsh "Blood Work"), who would prefer her to her to stay home and do the cooking, and her economist brother (Dylan Baker "Revolutionary Road"), who wants the horse sold to pay the stable's massive real estate taxes.

Paying no attention to any of them, she hires a veteran trainer and all-around eccentric Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich "Con Air"), a jockey Ron Turcotte (real jockey Otto Thorwarth), and groom Eddie Sweat (Nelsan Ellis "The Soloist"), who believes he knows what horses think. The only female around is her assistant, Miss Ham (Margo Martindale "Ghosts of Mississippi") and her only ally is Ogden Phipps (James Cromwell "Babe"), one of 32 rich men who have bought the syndicated breeding rights to the horse she's named
Secretariat, provided the animal can perform on the track. Her main opposition is the owner of Secretariat's chief rival, Pancho Martin (Nestor Serrano "definitely, Maybe").

But it's Diane Lane, who holds the film together with a sturdy performance that suggests, at times, a mystical connection between horse and owner. John Malkovich gives the film its comic relief as the French-Canadian trainer who after a long career has a winner to make up for all his earlier losses. But the film, adequately
directed by Randall Wallace ("We Were Soldiers"), will be appreciated by those who have no idea who Secretariat was and know little about his ultimate winning of horse racing's Triple Crown.

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