50 to 1 (2014)




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A misfit group of New Mexico cowboys find themselves on the journey of a lifetime when their crooked-footed racehorse qualifies for the Kentucky Derby. Based on the inspiring true story of Mine That Bird, the cowboys face a series of mishaps on their way to Churchill Downs, becoming the ultimate underdogs in a final showdown with the world's racing elite. (C) Official Site
PG-13 (for some suggestive material and a bar brawl)
Drama , Kids & Family
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Skeet Ulrich
as Chip Woolley
Christian Kane
as Mark Allen
William Devane
as Leonard "Doc" Blach
Todd Lowe
as Kelly
Calvin Borel
as Himself
Bruce Wayne Eckelman
as Bob Baffert
Stewart Richardson
as Sheikh Al Maktoum
David Atkinson
as Bill Woolley
Hugo Perez
as Miguel
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Critic Reviews for 50 to 1

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

The true-life horse-racing tale "50 to 1" takes forever to get galloping - and when it finally does, it's too little too late.

Full Review… | May 22, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

If "50 to 1" were about 15 minutes shorter, all of this might have made for a passable diversion. As it is, "50 to 1," much like Mine That Bird, flags before reaching the finish line.

Full Review… | May 22, 2014
Washington Post
Top Critic

Wilson has owned and raced horses for years and once had a 190-acre ranch in California. And he has made the kind of film he might have seen as a kid, one where patience and hard work get rewarded at the 11th hour.

Full Review… | June 26, 2014
Charlotte Observer

Though infinitely more real than the symbolically bloated Seabiscuit of over a decade ago, 50 to 1 never completely gets under the skin of horse racing.

Full Review… | April 10, 2014
Austin Chronicle

Earnest but cliche-ridden...you're left with the feeling you've seen it all many times before, and needn't have seen it again.

Full Review… | April 7, 2014
One Guy's Opinion

The script is littered with embellishments and underdog clichés.

Full Review… | April 4, 2014

Audience Reviews for 50 to 1


9/15/16 Netflix DVD Certainly not the best horse racing movie I ever saw but it was a fun, entertaining and an uplifting story, even knowing the results. Would have enjoyed seeing a little more on the horse as the film was more about the people, but that is a miner complaint.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber

In addition to having none of its actual conflict sourcing from the horse or horse racing, it retreads the familiar story arc from other films like "Seabiscuit" and "Secretariat," but unlike those films, "50 to 1" leaves little to no lasting impression.

Logan McCoy
Logan McCoy

It's funny how the "critics" hated this movie but the general public loved it. It was an honest portrayal of true life...not a bunch of contrived BS, over-the-top violence, endless chase scenes and computer generated special effects. I found the movie to be real and moving. I am so fed up with the majority of films these days. This one was a refreshing change.


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