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Proving that truth is often greater than fiction, the handsome production of Seabiscuit offers a healthy alternative to Hollywood's staple diet of mayhem. With superior production values at his disposal, writer-director Gary Ross (Pleasantville) is a bit too reverent toward Laura Hillenbrand's captivating bestseller, unnecessarily using archival material--and David McCullough's familiar PBS-styled narration--to pay Ken Burns-like tribute to Hillenbrand's acclaimed history of Seabiscuit, the knobby-kneed thoroughbred who "came from behind" in the late 1930s to win the hearts of Depression-weary Americans. That caveat aside, Ross's adaptation retains much of the horse-and-human heroism that Hillenbrand so effectively conveyed; this is a classically styled "legend" movie like The Natural, which was also heightened by a lushly sentimental Randy Newman score. Led by Tobey Maguire as Seabiscuit's hard-luck jockey, the film's first-rate cast is uniformly excellent, including William H. Macy as a wacky trackside announcer who fills this earnest film with a much-needed spirit of fun. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Feature commentary with Director Gary Ross and Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh
  • Racing Through History
  • Bringing the Legend to Life
  • The Making of Seabiscuit
  • Anatomy of a movie moment
  • From Script to Screen
  • Jeff Bridge's On the Set Photographs
  • Production Notes
  • Cast & Filmmaker Biographies

Cast

David McCulloughNarrator
Jeff BridgesCharles Howard
Chris CooperTom Smith
Michael EnsignSteamer Owner
Valerie MahaffeyAnnie Howard
Michael O'NeillMr. Pollard
Annie CorleyMrs. Pollard
Ed LauterCharles Strub
Gianni RussoAlberto Gianini
Sam BottomsMr. Blodget
Tobey MaguireRed Pollard
Royce D. ApplegateDutch Doogan
Dyllan ChristopherFrankie Howard
Elizabeth BanksMarcela Howard
Gary StevensGeorge Woolf
William H. MacyTick Tock McGlaughlin
Robin BissellHorace Halsteder
Eddie JonesSamuel Riddle

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  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Gary Ross
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 141 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 25, 2003
    EuropeSep 6, 2003
    JapanJan 24, 2004
    AustraliaDec 13, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    EuropePG
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMay 26, 2009
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 16, 2003
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