Big Red

I’ve seen the wholly respectable Secretariat (Disney, 10.8) but can’t get into it without a green light. The rules are the rules. But it’s great watching the various YouTube videos of the 1973 Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the astonishing finale at the Belmont Stakes.

30 thoughts on “Big Red

  1. Um … how can something be “impossible” and “true” at the same time?

    Do the guys in Hollywood have any grasp of the English language?

  2. “Do the [marketing] guys in Hollywood have any grasp of the English language?” you ask.

    They have always seen it as something to be used for their own purposes, correctly or incorrectly.

  3. Just don’t see how this could not be an enjoyable movie going experience. I know all the horse racing fans out there will see it, but I think people that don’t follow horse racing should see it.

    It truly is a great story. That one win he had in the Triple Crown by so many lengths has not been topped since.

  4. Secretariat was a freak of nature, so I don’t know that the use of “impossible” is such a stretch. And isn’t this kind of a winking slogan anyway? I doubt the writer was unaware that this is an oxymoron. It’s bad grammar for effect, not out of laziness, like leaving the question mark off James L. Brooks’ latest film, a crime which should be punishable by a public whipping.

  5. Wow, a new poster for Secretariat? I think this is four movies in a row now that Disney has completely redone the marketing campaign mid-stride. Maybe they should stick with one strategy and ride it all the way to the release. You know, the way successful marketing campaigns are normally run.

  6. I think Lazarus is right in thinking this is a wink and a nod rather than a mistake. It is hard to explain just how remarkable this horse’s achievement was in a posting. If you read the Capps book Secretariat, particularly the chapters that deal with his triple crown season, you may appreciate the tag a little more. In however many hundred years of racing there have been, this is the horse. An amazing achievement. Not sure statistics make for much of a movie, though.

  7. While I’m sure this will be at least minimally, if not greatly, entertaining… what’s horse racing?

    Honestly, films about horse racing strike me like films about boxing do– they’re relics of a bygone era. 1973 might as well be 1873, given how much horseracing has disappeared from the public’s view. Nobody goes to the track anymore, there’s no coverage of racing beyond the Triple Crown, and even that spectacle is in dange of becoming the Double Crown.

    It’s a great story… I just don’t know if it means much to anyone these days.

  8. That’s what I was thinking as I sat down to see Secretariat. Is horse-racing all that big a deal in the great scheme? And then the finale reminded me and said “yes, it can be.” Or it certainly was, at least, on the day that Secretariat won the Triple Crown at Belmont. That was a day in which horse-racing itself seemed to signify the great scheme.

    Lane does a fine job. She inhabits and brings to life the lead character with vigor and pluck. Put another way, she is as good as the film allows her to be. She has two exceptional stand-out scenes, and several good ones.

  9. I didn’t know Sarah Jessica Parker was in this movie.

    But seriously, it’s horses running in circles – horses! Any movie that can turn this asinine concept into a metaphor for the “great scheme” deserves an honorary Oscar on principle.

  10. @ crazynine… I go to the track all the time where I live and it’s always crowded. It’s still a relevant sport and is doing fine. And if it personally doesn’t interest you, it does millions of other people. It’s simply one of the best sports stories of all time. You can poo-poo the sport and the film all you want but there’s a lot of people out there that dig it and will see it because the story has trancended time.

    @zach… horse racing is hard to explain in words. If you get down to the paddock up close to these fine specimens, it does something to you. They are extraordinary animals, and when you see them race at the speeds they do and the length they do is remarkable. But it’d be hard to convince someone who’s not into the sport or isn’t a horseracing fan. I guess you sort of have to know the sport and familiar with it to have an appreciation. Regardless, the story surrounding Secretariat is a very special one.

  11. If you read the Capps book Secretariat, particularly the chapters that deal with his triple crown season, you may appreciate the tag a little more. In however many hundred years of racing there have been,

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