The Universal Studios motion picture based on Seabiscuit: An American Legend was a major critical and popular success, garnering rave reviews, earning more than $120 million domestically, and being honored with seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Created by Larger Than Life Productions, the movie was directed by Oscar nominee Gary Ross, writer of the critically acclaimed blockbusters Big and Dave and producer/writer/director of Pleasantville. Ross, an avid racing enthusiast, also served as screenwriter on the film. Laura Hillenbrand served as a consultant on the film.
Tobey Maguire, star of Spider Man, The Cider House Rules, Wonderboys, and Pleasantville, played Seabiscuit's regular jockey Red Pollard. Veteran actor Jeff Bridges, star of such films as The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Fisher King, and The Big Lebowski, appeared as Seabiscuit's owner, Charles Howard. Academy Award winner Chris Cooper (American Beauty, October Sky) portrayed Seabiscuit's trainer, Tom Smith. Elizabeth Banks (Catch Me If You Can) played Marcela Howard. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens portrayed jockey George Woolf, while Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron filled the role of Charley Kurtsinger, War Admiral's jockey. McCarron also served as choreographer for the movie's acclaimed racing scenes.
The movie was filmed at several locations, including Kentucky's Keeneland Racecourse, New York's Saratoga Racecourse and California's Santa Anita Racecourse. For more information on the film, go to www.seabiscuitmovie.com.
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