secretariatIn the late 1960s, Colorado housewife Penny Chenery Tweedy (Diane Lane) takes over her ailing father’s (Scott Glenn) thoroughbred racing operation in Virginia even though it’s a huge gamble. Another well-made Disney movie about a real-life success story from the world of sports (not unlike Miracle (2004)) that has good performances, nicely realized period locations and genuine excitement when everything is at stake. In his first film in 12 years, Randall Wallace skillfully builds our emotions for Penny’s gutsy struggle, and John Malkovich is fun to watch… even though the film as a whole isn’t as special as Secretariat himself.

2010-U.S. 123 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Randall Wallace. Book: William Nack. Cast: Diane Lane (Penny Chenery Tweedy), John Malkovich (Lucien Laurin), Scott Glenn (Chris Chenery), James Cromwell, Dylan Walsh, Dylan Baker… Fred Dalton Thompson.

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