Seabiscuit (2003)

Rated R for a few instances of rough-mouthing.

The 31st episode of Scoring At The Movies tears the layers back on our first horse-racing flick…and maybe the only “and they’re off” movie we’ll ever review. Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges and Chris Cooper are very solid, although the world-class awesome Elizabeth Banks is miscast and wasted way too much for our liking. This prestige production is an old-school crowd-pleaser that generally pleased this crowd of 2 people. There are issues though and writer/director Gary Ross’ dialogue & narration lay it on thicker than 75 coats of paint. Maybe that’s just a flaw in Laura Hillenbrand’s book? Anyway, the movie is still worth seeing (even if some people “can’t SEE out there”) and this podcast is most definitely worth hearing (out there).

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For The Record: Ross’ 5th movie was Free State Of Jones. Also, the “Baseball” narrator’s name is John Chancellor. Also also, the documentary about—shall we call it “horse lovin'”—is Zoo.

LINKS:

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

2003 U.S. Box Office

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

2003 in film

2003 Academy Award winners & nominees

Links to: National Velvet and Rocky and Back To The Future and LOTR: The Return Of The King and Slither

YouTube links: Introducing Seabiscuit and angry horse/angry jockey and ‘Biscuit makes a friend and Tick Tock and “I can’t SEE out there” and the match race and the hit-you-over-the-head ending

Previously on Scoring At The Movies: Creed II

August 22nd on Scoring At The Movies: Pumping Iron