He was the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 25 years, and now he has his very own biopic.
Disney’s “Secretariat” tells the story of the famous racehorse who won the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in 1973. The film begins with housewife Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) taking over her father’s stables when he takes ill. Though she doesn’t know anything about the male-dominated field of horse racing, she enlists the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich) and turns Secretariat into a champion.
It’s easy to see why this story appeals to Disney. It’s a feel-good success tale featuring a cute animal that will likely make audiences smile and cry. You know exactly what you’re going to get with a film like this. It looks like an entertaining take on an inspirational true story, and the talent of Lane and Malkovich should only help the film.
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