Secretariat at cinema nationwide

PUBLISHED: 15:14 03 December 2010

Secretariat

Secretariat

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BASED on a remarkable true story Secretariat (U) chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner.

The emotional tale, released at cinemas nationwide this week, stars well-known Diane Lane and John Malkovich.

Penny Chenery Tweedy (Lane) lives in a nice Denver home with her lawyer husband and four children.

But when her mother dies and her father’s health gets worse, she turns her life, and her family’s lives, upside down and takes over the Virginia-based horse farm where she was raised.

Meadow Stables, once a thriving and well-respected business, is struggling financially, but Penny refuses to sell and instead decides to bet on a promising colt that is not even born yet.

Lucien Laurin (Malkovich) is a veteran trainer tapped by Penny to help revive the stables.

Retired and reluctant to take on the task, he resists the offer until he learns of the farm’s intriguing soon-to-be-born colt.

The French-Canadian is onboard in time for the colt’s birth and sets out to make him a winner.

Lucien’s gaudy hats and eye-catching attire showcase his penchant for the unexpected, so it is no surprise when he ventures from the norm with Secretariat’s training.

The effort proves successful when the super horse becomes the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years.

The story is about heart — Secretariat’s and that of the woman who owned him.

Filmmakers tried not to veer from the facts of the story, but director Randall Wallace made clear that he did not want to make a documentary account of Chenery’s life.

The film, shot on location in Louisiana and Kentucky, is produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, who founded Mayhem Pictures (The Rookie, Miracle, Invincible).

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