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Seabiscuit (2003)



Critic Consensus: A life-affirming, if saccharine, epic treatment of a spirit-lifting figure in sports history.

Movie Info

For his sophomore effort, director Gary Ross re-teams with Tobey Maguire and William H. Macy, stars of his directorial debut Pleasantville, for this depression-era sports drama about the legendary racehorse, Seabiscuit. Unlike 1949's fictionalized The Story of Seabiscuit starring Shirley Temple, this version attempts to present a factual account of the story, which centers around the three men who saw the famed horse to victory. Jeff Bridges stars as Charles Howard, an entrepreneur who owns the unlikely racehorse. Howard teams with partially blind boxer-turned-jockey Red Pollard (Maguire in his first performance since annihilating the 2002 box-office in Spider-Man) and horse trainer Tom Smith (Chris Cooper fresh off his best-supporting actor Oscar for Adaptation). Together, the three work to help the famed horse to several symbolic victories that helped to inspire a downtrodden 1930s America. The supporting cast, headed by Macy, includes Elizabeth Banks (Spider-Man) and real-life jockeys Gary Stevens and Chris McCarron. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (some sexual situations and violent sports-related images)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Laura Hillenbrand, Charlie Mitchell, Gary Ross
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 2003
Box Office: $120.1M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Tobey Maguire
as Red Pollard
Jeff Bridges
as Charles Howard
Chris Cooper
as Tom Smith
Elizabeth Banks
as Marcela Howard
William H. Macy
as `Tick-Tock' McGlaugh...
Gary Stevens
as George Woolf
Eddie Jones
as Samuel Riddle
Michael Angarano
as Young Red Pollard
Valerie Mahaffey
as Annie Howard
Ed Lauter
as Charles Strub
Michael O'Neill
as Mr. Pollard
Annie Corley
as Mrs. Pollard
Alberto Gianini
as Gianni Russo
Sam Bottoms
as Blodget
Royce D. Applegate
as Dutch Doogan
Dyllan Christopher
as Frankie Howard
Shay Duffin
as Sunny Fitzsimmons
Peter Jason
as Reporter Max
John Walcutt
as Reporter Roy
James DuMont
as Reporter Lewis
Chris McCarron
as Charley Kurtsinger
Samuel Bottoms
as Mr. Blodget
Gary Ross
as Pimlico Track Announ...
Paul Vincent O'Conno...
as Bicycle Supervisor
Michael Ensign
as Steamer Owner
James Keane
as Car Customer
David Doty
as Land Broker
Cameron Bowen
as Pollard Child
Noah Luke
as Pollard Child
Mariah Bess
as Pollard Child
Jamie Lee Redmon
as Pollard Child
William Hollick
as Bug Boy Jockey
Joe Roccp Jr.
as Bug Boy Jockey
Anthony Klingman
as Boxing Match Referee
Michelle Arthur
as Marcela's Friend
Danny Strong
as Young Jockey
Hans Howes
as White Horse Trainer
Camillia Sanes
as Molina Rojo Woman
Clif Alvey
as Angry Trainer
Dan Daily
as Saratoga Trainer
Borden Flanagan
as Farm Manager
Kevin Mangold
as Saratoga Jockey
Jay Cohen
as Bugle Player
Frank Mirahmadi
as Santa Anita Track An...
J. Michael Hunter
as Speed Dual Jockey
Tony Volu
as Racing Tout
Robin Bissell
as Horace Halsteder
Paige King
as Tick Tock's Squeeze
Roger E. Fanter
as Pimlico Night Watchm...
Gary McGurk
as Tractor Worker
Michael B. Silver
as Baltimore Doctor
Richard Reeves
as Radio Reporter Joe
Matt Miller
as Pimlico Starter
Pat Skipper
as Seabiscuit's Vet
Ben Campisi
as Clocker Man
Ken Magee
as California Doctor
Gary A. Hecker
as Horse Vocal
José García Hernánde...
as Male Mariachi Band L...
Jesse Hernandez
as Man Mariachi Band
Julio Hernández Cord...
as Man Mariachi Band
Jose Ramirez
as Man Mariachi Band
Férnando Moreno
as Man Mariachi Band
Pedro Hernández
as Man Mariachi Band
Dennis Meade
as Man Mariachi Band
Javier Juarequi
as Man Mariachi Band
Aerial Delarosa
as Man Mariachi Band
Eric Hernandez
as Man Mariachi Band
Raul Cuellar
as Man Mariachi Band
Catherine M. Baeza
as Female Mariachi Band
Gina A. Duran
as Female Mariachi Band
Cynthia Reifler Flor...
as Female Mariachi Band
Joe Rocco Jr.
as Bug Boy Jockey
Monica Fogelquist
as Female Mariachi Band
Gianni Russo
as Alberto Gianini
Maria Luisa Fregosa
as Female Mariachi Band
Camilia Sanes
as Molina Rojo Woman
Ruby Guiterrez
as Female Mariachi Band
Sylvia N. Hinojosa
as Female Mariachi Band
Mariana Nanez
as Female Mariachi Band
Leticia Olmos
as Female Mariachi Band
Laura Pena
as Female Mariachi Band
Karla Tovar
as Female Mariachi Band
George Baker
as Salvation Army Band
Matthew Gillies
as Salvation Army Band
Jacqui Larsson
as Salvation Army Band
Daniel Martinez XI
as Salvation Army Band
Joshua Stanley
as Salvation Army Band
Michael White (I)
as Salvation Army Band
Ivan Wild
as Salvation Army Band
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Critic Reviews for Seabiscuit

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (49)

Respectable when it should be thrilling, honorable when it should be rough and ready.

Full Review… | July 31, 2008
Top Critic

[It] may be too airbrushed for its own good, but in the end nothing can stop this story from putting a lump in your throat.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

I found this film stultifyingly self-important and, despite the regularity with which it cuts to the chase, weirdly static.

Full Review… | March 26, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

For a film about an unfancied underdog, Seabiscuit is just far too pleased with itself.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Watching this movie, you get the feeling that the Depression existed so that Seabiscuit could be memorialized.

Full Review… | August 7, 2004
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

promises filet mignon, only to deliver oats and hay

Full Review… | May 19, 2013
Old School Reviews

Audience Reviews for Seabiscuit

The Rocky Balboa story set in horse-racing, about making good on second chances, and directly related to the tough times of the Depression, when many people felt they needed a second chance. David McCullough adds a qualifying touch as narrator and William Macy delights as color man. Still, its more a psuedo-quality work than a work of actual quality.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Seabiscuit is a wonderful sports drama film about the race horse Seabiscuit. Set during the Great Depression, Seabiscuit tells the famed story of the men who would make Seabiscuit a winning race horse. This is a superb film with a great story and above all, a great cast. The talent involved make this a must see film alone. But the story of this film along with the great performances is really what makes this film soar. The film of course, like every other picture, is not perfect; but what we've got here in Seabiscuit is an incredible true story set during hard times. Seabiscuit has something for everyone and the story and the acting are all top notch. Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, William H. Macy and of course Seabiscuit's Jockey, Tobey McGuire all shine on screen. If you're looking for a sports film that's different from all the rest, you might want to check this one out. This is a splendid film that the whole family can enjoy. The end result of Seabiscuit is an entertaining film that has an inspiring true story that has some stunning horse race scenes, good amounts of drama, and the cast consisting of established talent make this quite the film to watch. I enjoyed this film, and though it follows the trend of "inspiring" films, the viewer can appreciate that this is set during the great depression, which adds so much genuine inspiring moments than your usual "inspiring" film because most "inspiring" films are fictional, while this one is not. An entertaining and unforgettable film.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

This exquisitely produced, based-on-fact drama is a throwback to those wonderful 1940s tales of the little guy toughing it out. As Americans suffer through the Depression, a plucky racehorse brings three men together: a failed jockey (Tobey Maguire), a dispossessed cowboy (Chris Cooper) and a millionaire (Jeff Bridges) trying to forget family tragedy. Poignant news photographs of the era's suffering poor enhance the riff about social justice.
The well-shot races are genuinely thrilling; the period details perfect. Maguire leads an impeccable cast, with humour from William H. Macy as an excitable radio announcer. Great, classic storytelling.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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