Film Screening 28th September, 2004

Poster for Seabiscuit


8:00 PM, 28th September, 2004

  • M
  • 140 mins
  • 2003
  • Gary Ross
  • Gary Ross
  • Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, William H. Macy, Chris Cooper

True story: On route from Adelaide to Perth (3 hours 15 mins flying time) the airline commenced screening Seabiscuit (2 hours 21 mins running time) immediately after serving lunch (45 mins into flight). Upon touching down in Perth slightly ahead of schedule, the climactic final race was about to commence. Halfway into the race, and with Seabiscuit at the back of the pack, but with the aircraft at the terminal, the screening was halted. Irate passengers confronted the flight attendant, who dug deep into her customer service training and placated the travellers with an annoyed response of her own, "Of course, Seabiscuit won, it's a movie isn't it?" What she failed to appreciate was, that despite its length and slow pace, this heartwarming tale about an undersized horse that helps to restore pride to a glass jaw ex-boxer (Maguire), a compassionate horse breaker (Cooper) and mourning millionaire (Bridges), draws the viewer in. It is based on a true story, and just like those down on their luck common folk during the Great Depression placing all they had on Seabiscuit, even those with an aversion to gambling will be cheering on this American Phar Lap to victory. Confirmation that sometimes size doesn't matter.

Alastair Wilson