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The Tales the Secretariat Movie Forgot

The best thing in "Secretariat," the new movie from Walt Disney Pictures, is John Malkovich. His wardrobe is out of Spike Jones and his part is supposed to be Lucien Laurin, Secretariat's tight-lipped trainer, but the way the role is written, Malkovich could just as well be Wayne Lukas. He's got a clever answer for everything and he's as droll as someone out of one of Noel Coward's drawing rooms. But while Malkovich is entertaining, what he can't donate to "Secretariat" is authenticity, something the film left in its other pants pocket. When Secretariat swept the Triple Crown in 1973, I was there, and it's impossible to sit through the picture without wondering why the director, Randall Wallace, shot a script that had so many holes and took so many liberties... Read More


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poor fiction, EVERYONE I KNOW who really knows the story was disappointed,Leaving our Riva (Mrs. Tweedy'd favortie by the way) was a travesty. If not for him Red would have been sold. His earnings gave the fam so breathing room.
one thing you have to remember you guys.. this was a movie.. based on a true story. its going to be glorified to fit "tv" standards. somethings are going to be overly done, others overlooked. if penny said the movie was pretty much flawless.. gotta get over it.
riva ridge was the horse who actually saved the farm.. not secretariat.. both were outstanding horses though. but riva saved the farm
No mention of Riva Ridge? Without that one's contribution the farm may have been required to liquidate a year before the great one raced? If you tell a story, KEEP IT AT LEAST LOGICAL
No mention of Angle Light? Whittaker must be pissed. And bringing Phipps back into the story when all he did was provide the sire? My My
Why Gospel music in the finale? NOTHING about the family the trainer or the rider prompted that bit of FICTION....Paint reality with a broad brush but come on, that is ridiculous.

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