Film / Seabiscuit

Seabiscuit is a 2003 film about the racehorse of the same name.

This film provides examples of:

  • David Versus Goliath:
    • Seabiscuit was the David to War Admiral's Goliath.
    • Not just to War Admiral. Seabiscuit was never expected to amount to anything, he was even forced to lose to build the confidence of other horses.
      • Though physically this is Artistic License on the part of the filmmakers. In reality, and in Laura Hillenbrand's original book, War Admiral was a short solid bay—in other words not unlike his closely-bred cousin Seabiscuit, but with a lighter frame.
  • Mood Whiplash: Red is growing up in an affluent household while elsewhere, Charles C. Howard celebrates his rags-to-riches success with friends. Then the Stock Market Crashes.
  • Parental Abandonment: Red's career starts when his parents, who are broke and unable to support all their children, abandon him to a small-time horse trainer. The reality was less harsh, as Red stayed in touch with his parents and helped them financially once riding Seabiscuit began to pay off.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic / Moody Mount: Interviews with some of the crew reveal that they actually toned down the bad behavior of the real Seabiscuit, which is well documented, out of fear the audience would think they made it up for the movie and/or for laughs.
  • Team Dad: Charles C. Howard has bits of this, especially to Red Pollard, as does Tom Smith. Howard also has bits of Team Mom as well.
  • Team Mom: Charles Howard and Marcela both play this part.
  • The Day the Music Lied: During the historic match race against War Admiral, Seabiscuit jumps out to an early lead. After a while, though, he begins to slow, accompanied by mournful music, allowing War Admiral to catch up. But Seabiscuit slowing was a Batman Gambit on the part of his jockey, George Woolf, and (injured) regular jockey, Red Pollard, who knew that the horse would push himself harder if the other horse was matching his speed. It worked, and Seabiscuit won. This was, as Hillenbrand's book described, Truth in Television (well, except for the music).