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The Story of Seabiscuit

Released Nov 11, 1949 1h 33m Drama List
Reviews 50% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Margaret (Shirley Temple) and her uncle, Shawn (Barry Fitzgerald), move from Ireland to the United States to distance themselves from the death of Margaret's brother, a jockey. Shawn, a horse trainer, finds Seabiscuit, a horse he insists will be a champion racer. Margaret falls for jockey Ted Knowles (Lon McCallister), whose job reminds Margaret of her deceased sibling. Ted wants to get married, but she refuses unless he gives up his career -- and the chance to ride Seabiscuit to glory. Read More Read Less
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Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Nov 5, 2004 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) Well, it's a lot shorter than the recent self-important version of the story. Rated: 3/5 Nov 24, 2003 Full Review Christopher Null Filmcritic.com Rated: 2/5 Aug 3, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Sea biscuit 1949 film. Shirley Temple is in this film to be the love relationship to the jockey. One thing that bothers me about Shirley Temples performance is that her Irish ascent does not stay thought the film sometimes she speaks back in her American accent and it becomes a bit distracting as far as the character. I have trouble watching the 1949 story with Sea Biscuit because it has so many inconsistencies compared to the true story and the 2003 version with Toby McGuire. This film I have a harder time getting into compared to the 2003 version. This film does not cover the struggles. Instead it has a lot of talking and focuses on a love relationship. Everything is idealized. The people are so boring and don't have me invested in the characters since they act like the typical love film of the period. The only interesting part is the real horse race footage. What gets me is how this film does not put into context the significance of these events taking place during the Great Depression or discuss all the struggles. The only struggle that gets mentioned or is seen is how SeaBiscuit was consistently rejected and underestimated but the film never provides context to those events. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 08/09/20 Full Review ashley h The Story of Seabiscuit is an okay film. It is about an Irish lass, Margaret O'Hara, who comes to cheer her Uncle Shawn O'Hara's horse during the big races and ends up falling in love with handsome jockey Ted Knowles. Shirley Temple and Barry Fitzgerald give decent performances. The script is a little slow in places. David Butler did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and romance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member good historical/bio-pic Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Temple is impressive, this film is not. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member This was such an inspirational film, it's what got me where i am today, i loved it so much and i woudl recommend it to anyone, same as its remakes Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Annoying. That word just about sums it up for me. And if the squirm worthy acting in first few scenes don't scare you off, I applaud you. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Margaret (Shirley Temple) and her uncle, Shawn (Barry Fitzgerald), move from Ireland to the United States to distance themselves from the death of Margaret's brother, a jockey. Shawn, a horse trainer, finds Seabiscuit, a horse he insists will be a champion racer. Margaret falls for jockey Ted Knowles (Lon McCallister), whose job reminds Margaret of her deceased sibling. Ted wants to get married, but she refuses unless he gives up his career -- and the chance to ride Seabiscuit to glory.
Director
David Butler
Producer
William Jacobs
Distributor
Warner Bros.
Production Co
Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 11, 1949, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2008
Runtime
1h 33m
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