In Theaters This Weekend: Secretariat

Secretariat, a film based on a true story, opens in theaters nationwide Friday, October 8, 2010.


Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

Based on the remarkable true story, Secretariat chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery Tweedy agrees to take over her ailing father’s Virginia based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing experience. Against all odds, with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin, she manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

The Secretariat cast includes Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, Dylan Baker, Margo Martindale, Nelson Ellis and Otto Thorwarth. This film is directed by Randall Wallace.

Secretariat received mixed reviews.

“A well-acted tale of an underdog’s triumph that sorely lacks an underdog, it teeters between pleasantly generic film biography and rank manipulation.” -Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

“It is a great film about greatness, the story of the horse and the no less brave woman who had faith in him.” -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Secretariat isn’t bad but it’s precisely what you’d expect.” -Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

“An engaging sports movie about the greatest racehorse ever and his female owner who literally bets the farm on his supremacy.” – Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter

Check out the Secretariat movie trailer below.

Secretariat is rated PG for brief mild language.

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