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Secretariat [Blu-ray + DVD]

Diane Lane , John Malkovich , Randall Wallace    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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The "greatest racehorse of all time" mantle fits easily around the neck of Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown winner. So why not a movie version of this champion's life? Secretariat begins in the late '60s, with some good behind-the-scenes material on how thoroughbreds come to be (there's flavorful atmosphere inside the horsey world, including an account of Secretariat's ownership being decided by a coin flip as part of an old-school agreement). A highly lacquered Diane Lane plays Penny Chenery, the inheritor of her father's stables, who segues from being an all-American mom to running a major horse-racing franchise; reliable character-actor support comes in the form of John Malkovich, as a gaudily outfitted trainer, and Margo Martindale, as Chenery's assistant. Screenwriter Mike Rich and director Randall Wallace must do some heavy lifting to make Lane's privileged millionaire into some sort of underdog--luckily, the hidebound traditions of the male-dominated racing scene provide some sources of outrage. The need to stack the deck even more leads the movie into its more contrived scenes, unfortunately, as though we needed dastardly villains in order to root for Penny and her horse. Meanwhile, attempts to reach for a little Seabiscuit-style social relevance don't come off, and a curious religious undertone might make you wonder whether we're meant to assume that God chose Secretariat over some less-deserving equine. The actual excitement of the races can't be denied, however, and Secretariat's awe-inspiring win at the Belmont Stakes remains a jaw-dropping, still-unequaled display of domination in that event. And maybe in sports. --Robert Horton

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quel beau film! April 6 2014
By Loulou
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Je l'ai regardé plusieurs fois et je compte le regarder encore plusieurs fois et le partager avec ceux que j'aime. Les chevaux ont toujours été mes animaux préférés et le fait de pouvoir suivre un peu la vie de ce cheval remarquable est une joie pour moi. Je vous le recommande fortement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secretariat Feb. 28 2014
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This is one of my favorite feel good movies. If you like horses even better. Get the popcorn out & enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 24 2014
By Erika
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Saw this movie and decided to purchase it for my home collection.. could watch this over and over again, thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars A horse in a million. Feb. 24 2014
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This story is true and absolutely amazing. Hard to believe. My son, for whom I bought the DVD was over the moon.
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This movie is for any horse lover and any horse race fanatic. I remember watching the third racelive many yeadrs ago, and I felt the same excitement watching the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good movie, good service Aug. 5 2013
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just what I was looking for, a birthday gift, perfect timing. I understand it was well enjoyed. I'd come again, for sure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie July 25 2013
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wonderful movie for all horseloversGreat family movie about an unforgettable time in horse racing
The Belmont race was awesome to see
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knowing the ending doesn't spoil the story..... July 10 2013
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This is a very well told story - even though most people that would watch this would already know how it ends - it manages to be suspenseful. This is about a creature that was likely the greatest athlete to have graced the Earth with a magic way of going - he was really a freak of nature. Just watch how he wins the triple crown - no other horse came close. It was wonderful to see his owner grow along with him - what she had to put up with was very surprising as it wasn't that long ago. How we take our way of life for granted! This was not a waste of time to watch. The extras were as good as the movie!
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