mirrodie
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Seabiscuit- How Much Of The Movie Was True?

Mon Apr 12, 2004 4:01 am

I saw the movie and was moved. Its right up there with Shawkshank Redemption.


But how much of this movie was based on truth and how much was false?

just wondering.
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RE: Seabiscuit- How Much Of The Movie Was True?

Mon Apr 12, 2004 9:02 am

Not the big last final race.

They didn't run it so soon after the injury, of course. I think reality is even more impressive, though. Seabiscuit won the Santa Anita for the first time after not having raced for SEVEN YEARS! (either that or he was 7 years old when he ran it at the end of his career, 7 is old for a racehorse thoroughbred).


You might be interested in the book, it's supposed to be really good and much better than the movie (which I liked, but it was kind of Hollywooded).
 
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RE: Seabiscuit- How Much Of The Movie Was True?

Mon Apr 12, 2004 11:02 am

Was he really owned by the founder of Buick?

I might actually get the book. Thx.
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RE: Seabiscuit- How Much Of The Movie Was True?

Tue Apr 13, 2004 3:20 am

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RE: Seabiscuit- How Much Of The Movie Was True?

Tue Apr 13, 2004 7:41 am

I highly recommend the book. It's fantastic--one of the most gripping pieces of nonfiction I've read in a long time--and will help you weed out what was true in the movie from what was "Hollywooded." In general, the movie was fairly accurate on the big stuff--i.e., it gave a pretty realistic overall impression of Seabiscuit and the people who made him famous--but compressed certain incidents/characters as necessary in order to keep the plot (and length) from getting unwieldy.

And FYI, Seabiscuit's owner was not the founder of Buick, just an early Buick dealer/entrepreneur who made his fortune by becoming the sole Buick distributor for the western U.S.
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RE: Seabiscuit- How Much Of The Movie Was True?

Tue Apr 13, 2004 10:40 pm

Well, it's all true. Except for the part about the horse.
Oh yeah, and he was a circus dwarf, not a jockey.

Other than that, it was to-the-letter true.

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