1 Hour, 56 Minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for brief mild language.
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 ...
John Malkovich ...
Scott Glenn ...
James Cromwell ...
Dylan Walsh ...
Fred Thompson ...
Kevin Connolly ...
| 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.