They made a great team and after a lot of training they began winning the races. Here he seems old, pale and a little worn out. That was before he met three men who would shape him into the best-loved sports legend of the 1930s: the owner Charles Howard, who had a knack for spotting potential in outcasts, the trainer Tom Smith, who was called a screwball for thinking he could heal horses other trainers would have shot, and the jockey Red Pollard, who started out as an exercise boy and stable cleaner because in the Depression he would settle for anything. Seabiscuit was a legend in the sport. In the latest version, The legendary Seabiscuit does not appear until all the leading characters are introduced. Barry Fitzgerald provides a few amusing moments and Lon McCallister is on hand as a jockey who falls for Shirley--but tedium sets in early on and it never quite manages to pick up any steam for what is supposed to be a rousing finish.
It's a passable film and according to Shirley, did well enough at the box-office at time of release--probably due to her personal popularity. Charles seems to see potential in others despite the current state of their lives. Howard is a clerk in a bicycle shop who gets asked by a passing motorist to repair his automobile, a technology which has recently been introduced. One being the murder was performed and the other is that the code red was ordered of. Although the fine version from 2003 about Seabiscuit that Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire brought to the screen is far more factual, this B film that stars Barry Fitzgerald and Shirley Temple should please fans of the sport of kings. It was even rumored that Seabiscuit got more media than Adolf Hitler.
Entering one event after another, the undersized horse with the oversized rider begins to make track history that amazes even jaded journalists and a world-weary radio announcer William H. Since Seabiscuit doesn't show anything at the beginning and Shawn's health seems to deteriorate, Shawn and Margaret decide to go on to California to work with the Howards, a couple that appreciate Shawn's advice. Repeatedly emphasized the need for the neophyte oath to be faithful to her peak of the ritual. Seabiscuit won the match, but the next race he hurt his legs making him lame. There is an off-screen car crash which takes the life of Charles' young son, followed by shock and mourning. The nation needed something to believe in.
I gave the movie 2 stars because of the good condition of the newsreel footage of the real horse in action. For example, the movie contains many strong profanities and obscenities, more than 25 instances of foul language all together. And I didn't care about the tragedy in Margaret's life that made her 'skittish' on marrying a jockey. In the midst of the Great Depression, a businessman Jeff Bridges coping with the tragic death of his son, a jockey with a history of brutal injuries Tobey Maguire and a down-and-out horse trainer Chris Cooper team up to help Seabiscuit, a temperamental, undersized racehorse. No not really, so I won't knock this movie much at all. When it is good, it is very, very good, so good, in fact, that it may be well remembered next February during the Oscar ceremony. I thought it was funny because I'm sure they were trying to make it almost unnoticeable by using the racing form as a go between.
I liked the movie a whole lot without quite loving it, maybe because although I can easily feel love for dogs I have never bonded much with horses. All of the racing movies from this period are horrible, sentimental, inaccurate, and just plain bizarre. I would have left the footage out of the movie and done the scene in color. Milford for the sum of six thousand dollars. Seabiscuit brings every evocative notion of the underdog out of the stable in turn but manages to make a movie with familiar themes seem as handsome as a thoroughbred, albeit one that has trouble in the homestretch.
I caught this one on Turner Classic Movies when they had a tribute to Shirley's birthday and was impressed by her charm and assurance in a basically sub-standard role. Charles saw Tom as an honest man and decided to hire him as his trainer. The outcome of every race is predictable. Later Seabiscuit is racing at when he is injured. This One of Jeff's best performances! And unlike in the movie where his parents left him on a racetrack, it was the family friend that deserted him on a racetrack in Montana. Later Red Pollard Tobey Maguire , a feisty former boxer with emotional scars and a blind spot, joins them as a jockey.
The only reason I would watch this again is for that, not for the plot or the actors. After Charles bought him, they noticed that Red had a lot in common with the horse, and put the two together. At first the horse struggles to win, but eventually Seabiscuit becomes one of the most successful thoroughbreds of all time, and inspires a nation at a time when it needs it most. A few years after Seabiscuit left the track, this incredibly terrible movie was made about him. There is a leisurely introduction to the times and the three men before the horse makes its appearance; we see once again the classic battle between the automobile and the horse; Charles Howard begins as a bicycle salesman, is asked to repair a Stanley Steamer, takes it apart and makes some improvements, and before long is a millionaire who buys a farm and turns the stables into a garage. Smith glances back and forth between the two, and he knows he has his jockey.
It is unfortunate that this movie, like so many of previous decades, was not considerate of the actual history of the event, but chose to create a plot loosely based on a true event. He married her, and they decided to buy a racing horse. Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges are wonderful, too, in the way they evoke their characters; Maguire as a jockey who commits his whole heart and soul, Bridges as a man who grows wiser and better as he ages. I would defiantly recommend this movie to pretty much everyone. Instead, he emphasizes the trio's reactions, not their choices. Believe it or not there's already been one Seabiscuit-inspired movie.
The movie tells the true story of the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation. The movie's story line was confusing. How did the characters in this film come together and help each other become better? A drag in this 1949 version is the embarrassing minority stereotyping and treatment. Did that hinder my ability to enjoy this movie? Howard rises to become an automobile dealer, Smith wanders, Pollard pops off and each man is cast under a dark cloud, coinciding with the stock market crash of 1929. Very long and boring for the most part.