Secretariat (2010)

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Great Horse Movie

by Danielle E. on 4/3/2011

I first rented the movie, and then purchased it. After watching it for the first time, I immediately purchased the movie. The story is very inspirational and the races had me on the edge of my seat until the end. The movie was also humorous, which was an added bonus. The acting is great, and has a strong female lead by Diane Lane. This movie is great for the family and any horse person. I watch this movie over and over, and never get tired of watching it. The movie is easily one of my all-time favorites, and I highly recommend it.

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Surprisingly interesting

on 6/5/2012

I was skeptical of the premise of this movie, given that it is about the most dominant racing horse to ever live. The underdog element is usually critical to any movie about athletics, in yet this one still delivers. A big part of it is the pacing, direction, and acting.

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Penny chenery tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the triple crown.


Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 219054562
UPC 786936810622
UPC 14 00786936810622
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2013
Rating Rating
Editors Note
Note A housewife with little knowledge of horse-racing fosters one of the greatest race horses of all time as the story of the 1973 Triple Crown winner comes to the screen in this inspirational underdog drama based on the novel SECRETARIAT: THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION by William Nack and starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich. Penny Chenery (Lane) is a devoted mother and housewife whose ailing father is the proprietor of Meadow Stables in Virginia. When her father becomes too ill to tend to his horses, Penny agrees to take over the stables despite her inexperience. Desperate, she turns to veteran horse trainer Lucien Laurin (Malkovich) to help show her the ropes. Up to this point, horse racing has been a decidedly male-dominated sport. But with Lucien's help, Penny prepares to prove that gender has no bearing on one's ability to breed a fast race horse. As Secretariat blasts out of the gates to leave his competition in the dust, the whole world watches in amazement, and a legend is born.
Hollywood Reporter "Lane, in a series of wigs to portray the blond Penny Tweedy, holds the film together with a sturdy performance that suggests, in moments, a mystical connection between horse and owner." 10/03/2010
Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his thrilling and inspiring entertainment about the legendary, 1973 Triple Crown winning horse should have audiences standing up and cheering." 10/05/2010
Variety "Lane projects the combo of homespun warmth and steely determination that has always been intrinsic to her screen appeal. Of the sterling supporting thesps, Cromwell is a subtle standout..." 10/03/2010
Los Angeles Times "[With] a strong and satisfying performance by Diane Lane....She is an actress with an instinct for honesty, someone incapable of false moves, and her restrained focused, performance as Chenery is a graceful stabilizing force here." 10/08/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 4 stars out of 4 -- "It is a great film about greatness, the story of the horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him." 10/06/2009
Movieline "[SECRETARIAT] actually captures some of the thrill of racing. Wallace and cinematographer Dean Semler film each race of the Triple Crown distinctively and cleverly..." 10/08/2010
Wall Street Journal 3 stars out of 4 -- "With this stirring, thoroughly entertaining movie, director Randall Wallace has achieved the next to impossible, injecting genuine tension and suspense into a narrative we all know the ending to." 10/08/2010
Entertainment Weekly "It uses a fantastic gospel anthem to stoke our feelings, the Edwin Hawkins Singers' 1969 rendition of 'Oh Happy Day'....That song, with its funky-sublime syncopation, its waves of lordly joy, makes us feel that, yes, Secretariat really was a miracle horse..." 10/08/2010
Dylan Walsh
Dylan Baker
Diane Lane
John Malkovich
Cast & Crew
Dylan Walsh - Star
Dylan Baker - Star
Diane Lane - Star
John Malkovich - Star
Margo Martindale - Star
Wynn Reichert - Co-Star
Nestor Serrano - Co-Star
Forry Smith - Co-Star
Fred Dalton Thompson - Co-Star
Jennifer Trier - Co-Star
Kevin Connolly - Co-Star
James Cromwell - Co-Star
Scott Glenn - Co-Star
Paul Lombardi - Special Effects Supervisor
Dean Semler - Director of Photography
Nick Glennie-Smith - Composer
Freddie Hice - Stunt Coordinator
Bill Johnson - Production Manager/UPM
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz - Music Editor
Kim Winther - Assistant Director
Pixel Magic - Visual Effects Designer
Mike Rich - Screenwriter
Susan McNamara - Production Manager/UPM
Patrick Cassidy - Set Decorator
Benjamin Cook - Sound
Richard Redlefsen - Makeup Designer
Rusty Hendrickson - Stunt Coordinator
Michael Ahasay - Special Effects
William Kennedy - Special Effects
Beth Miller - Hairstylist
William Nack - Source Writer
Melizah Anguiano-Schmidt - Makeup
Dan Sokolowski - Special Effects
Michael Boyd - Co-Star
Richard Fullerton - Co-Star
Graham McTavish - Co-Star
Ken Strunk - Co-Star
Tim Ware - Co-Star
Mike Harding - Co-Star
Kate Ward - Co-Star
Rusty Hendrickson - Co-Star
Hank Goldberg - Co-Star
Nelsan Ellis - Co-Star
Eric Lange - Co-Star
Tony Renaud - Co-Star
Tom Clark - Co-Star
Michael Mills - Co-Star
Carissa Capobianco - Co-Star
AJ Michalka - Co-Star
Otto Thorwarth - Co-Star
William Nack - Co-Star
Drew Roy - Co-Star
Joe Chrest - Co-Star
Keith Austin - Co-Star
Sean Cunningham - Co-Star
Jacob Rhodes - Co-Star
Tom Foley - Co-Star
Grant Whitacre - Co-Star
Jazz Undy - Co-Star
Michael Guthrie - Co-Star
Cullen Wallace - Co-Star
Mike Battaglia - Co-Star
Tim Layden - Co-Star
Pamela Pryor - Co-Star
Andrew Wallace - Co-Star
Albert Duhon - Co-Star
Audrey Scott - Co-Star
Salid Parker - Co-Star
Jason Schwartz - Co-Star
Reid Cherner - Co-Star
Dick Jerardi - Co-Star
John McClain - Co-Star
Jay Privman - Co-Star
Randall Wallace - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00786936810622
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 123 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource Denver Post
Review ...Secretariat earns its best accolades for asking even larger questions as it highlights the story not just of a terrific horse but of his greatest champion, owner Penny Chenery, portrayed with grace, edge and a growing sense of self by Diane Lane....
Reviewer Lisa Kennedy
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource New York Observer
Review ...This is one terrific movie about one terrific horse. It enthralls on so many levels-emotional, cinematic, historic...
Reviewer Rex Reed
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ...It is a great film about greatness, the story of the horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him...
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer ...irresistible...
Manohla Dargis, New York Times ...enjoyable...entertaining movie...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...inspirational...
Richard Roeper, Richard ...thoroughly entertaining...
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times ...This whole movie feels authentic...

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