Seabiscuit 2003

Author: Laura Hillenbrand
Book: Seabiscuit: An American Legend

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Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports drama film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is loosely based on the life and racing career of Seabiscuit, an undersized and overlooked thoroughbred race horse, whose unexpected successes made him a hugely popular media sensation in the United States during the Great Depression.

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Danny Deaubé My Review
Nov 21, 2013
rating 5 of 5 stars
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Four unlikely heroes, a smallish, mud-colored horse with forelegs that didn't straighten out all the way, misunderstood and mishandled. Red Pollard, his jockey, abandoned as a youth, a part-time prizefighter and failing jockey. Tom Smith, Seabiscuit's trainer, a quiet mute of a man from the vanishing frontier with wisdom about the secret of horses. Charles Howard, Seabiscuit's owner, a former cavalryman who began his career as a bicycle mechanic with only 21 cents in his pocket, and turned it into an automotive empire.

In the early 1930's, when the great depression destroyed the hopes and dreams of a generation, and at a time when American needed heroes to believe in, Seabiscuit arrives on the scene! Four characters, down in their luck are joined together by fate, and together, a heart-warming story perseverance and triumph!

Laura Hillenbrand does a superb job of telling this epic story that captured the hearts of America, building up to "The Race of the Century," Seabiscuit and the unbeaten War Admiral. It is a battle of David against Goliath.

This was one of the best books I have ever read and the movie was equally exceptional. It is not just a story about a horse, but a story
of triumph over adversity!


message 2: by Diane (last edited Feb 10, 2017 07:20PM)

Diane Poisson This book was given to me by a friend whose father had read it years ago. It's completely out of my reading preference. I started in and thought it was riveting! Complete with history, humanity and eye opening to the world as it was and of horse racing, Both have certainly come a long way! Well done on so many levels!


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