- 2 hr 21 min
Seabiscuit is a 2003 American sports drama film directed by Gary Ross and based on the 2001 non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film features an all-star cast, with Tobey Maguire playing the role of the jockey Red Pollard, Jeff Bridges as Charles Howard, the owner of Seabiscuit, and Elizabeth Banks as Howard's wife, Marcela.
Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Seabiscuit tells the inspiring true story of a racehorse named Seabiscuit and the ragtag group of individuals who came together to transform him into a champion. The film follows the journey of Seabiscuit from his early days as an undersized and unproven horse to his rise as a superhorse and national icon.
The story begins with Charles Howard, a wealthy businessman who has been struck by tragedy in his personal life, purchasing Seabiscuit for a fraction of his true value. Howard is initially ridiculed for investing in a horse that appears to be past his prime, but he sees something special in the animal's spirit and determination. Howard hires the eccentric horse trainer, Tom Smith (Chris Cooper), whose unconventional methods and insights into Seabiscuit's potential soon turn the horse's fortunes around.
In search of a jockey for Seabiscuit, Howard comes across Red Pollard, a young man whose own life has been marked by hardship and adversity. Despite his small stature and fragile health, Pollard possesses a natural gift for riding, and he and Seabiscuit soon form a deep bond that carries them through a series of grueling races and personal challenges.
As Seabiscuit's success begins to capture the public's imagination, the horse emerges as a symbol of hope for a nation struggling to recover from economic collapse and war. Howard organizes a series of head-to-head matches between Seabiscuit and two other great horses of the time, War Admiral and Triple Crown winner, Citation, in some of the most thrilling and memorable horse races in history.
Seabiscuit is a compelling and emotional journey that beautifully captures the spirit of an era and the magic of a horse that captured the hearts of a nation. The film is driven by its excellent performances, particularly those of Maguire, Bridges, and Cooper, who bring depth and nuance to their respective roles. The cinematography is stunning, and the racing sequences are expertly choreographed and executed, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats.
Overall, Seabiscuit is a triumph of storytelling, offering a powerful testament to the transforming power of human compassion, courage, and determination. It is a must-see for anyone who loves horses, sports, or just a good and uplifting story.
Seabiscuit is a 2003 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 21 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3 and a MetaScore of 72.