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Životi Charlesa Howarda (Jeff Bridges), Toma Smitha (Chris Cooper) i Reda Pollarda (Tobey Maguire) u početku nemaju dodirnih točaka, osim što žive u istoj državi SAD-a. Svaki od njih teško proživljava posljedice financijskoga sloma u Americi - Wallstrit kolapsa tridesetih godina 20. stoljeća. Iza sebe imaju životne rane koje ne mogu preboljeti. Charles, je nekoć bio veliki poduzetnik, vlasnik autosalona, kojemu sin umire u automobilskoj nesreći a žena ga napušta. Tom se povukao daleko od civilizacije na svoje imanje i živi s prirodom i od prirode, a Red je mladić kojega su roditelji u vrijeme financijske krize sa zavežljajem punim knjiga otpravili da se sam snalazi u svijetu. To mu i nije baš uspijevalo kao jahaču, pa se okušavao i u boksu u kojem je uvijek bivao pretučen. Tu trojicu razočaranih ljudi povezuje konj pod imenom Seabiscuit koji također ima zanimljivu »konjsku povijest«. Iako konj rasnoga podrijetla, nije davao nikakve rezultate na trkama jer su svi treneri s njime grubo postupali - nisu mu »našli žicu«. Charles je tog konja kupio jeftino. Toma je uzeo za trenera a Reda za jahača. Tomova životna »deviza« - kako se ne može cijeli život odbaciti zbog jedne povrede - postaje smjernicom i za Charlsa i Reda. Njihova životna preokupacija sada postaje konj Seabiscuit. Uspijevaju pronaći idealan način postupanja s njim i uskoro osvajaju sve moguće turnire. Kako je konj bivao bolji, i oni su se polako vraćali u život. Utrka života odigrala se u dvoboju Seabiscuita i najbržeg konja u Americi - Wor Admirala. Iako je Admiral imao više izgleda, Seabiscuit je, kao i njegovi vlasnici, upornošću, tvrdoglavošću i ponosom ipak pobijedio dotada nepobjedivoga.
Glas Koncila, broj 7 (1547), 15.2.2004.
Ovo je iz filma, al svejedno.
Iz filma... :
Tagline: "The dreams of a nation rode on a longshot."
George: "Kinda small, isn't he?"
Red: "Gonna look a lot smaller in a second, Georgie."
George Woolf: "You want to know what I think?"
Charles Howard: "Of course."
George Woolf: "It's better to break a man's leg than his heart."
Tom: "Every horse is good for something."
Tom: "You don't throw a whole life away just because it's banged up a little."
Charles: "Red you can't do it, you'll be crippled for the rest of your life."
Red: "I was crippled for the rest of my life. I got better. He made me better. Hell, you made me better."
Charles: "Our horse is too small. Our jockey's too big. Our trainer's too old. And I'm too dumb to know the difference!"
Red: "That's who we're riding for, the folks with a quarter in their pocket."
Reporter: "Awful lot of hoopla for such a little horse."
Red: "Though he be but little, he is fierce." Reporter: "What's that?"
Red: "That's Shakespeare, boys. That's Shakespeare."
Charles:"Everybody loses a couple. And you either pack up and go home or you keep fighting!"
Red to Seabiscuit: "Don't stop boy! Don't ever stop!"
Red:"How far do you want me to take him?"
Tom: "Til he stops."
Charles: "Well I think we just gave him a chance. Sometimes all somebody needs is a good chance."
Red: "That horse is as much mine as he is yours!"
Tom Smith: "One more thing."
George Woolf: "What? Let him catch me on the backstretch? You know, you're not the only one who knows this horse.
Red: "I'm fine George. I don't need your help and I sure as shit don't need your charity. Leave me alone."
George: "You know, if you did more riding and less talking you might start winning some races."
Red: "I got two bucks says I beat you in this one."
George Woolf: "I'm not sure you do but I got five bucks says that you don't."
Red: "This isn't just any race. This is the Santa Anita. I had that race. I was there! "
Charles: "I know."
Red: "I lost?"
George: "No, you clobbered him."
Sam: "You sure that leg'll hold you?"
Red: "He's a 1200 pound horse, Sam. I'm an afterthought."
Sam: "No, I meant your leg."
Tick Tock: "$100,000? Makes me wanna walk on all fours and put a saddle on my back."
Riddle on the radio: "It wouldn't be fair to us. It wouldn't be fair to them either. You wouldn't put Jack Dempsey in the ring with a middle-weight would you?"
Red: "Middle-weight? I'll kill him! I'll knock his goddamn block off! He's chicken, that's what it is! I mean, middle-weight?"
Doctor: "If he breaks it again, it's possible he could never walk again."
Red: "He just said it's possible. Well, hell, anything's possible. We've proved that already."
Tom: "He just needs to learn how to be a horse again."
Charles: "Well, I just think this horse has a lot of heart"
Tom: "If you're gonna shot him anyway, I'll save you the bullet."
Tom: "He lied to us."
Charles: "What do you mean?"
Tom: "He's blind in one eye."
Charles: "You don't throw a whole life away just because it's banged up a little."
Tick-Tock: "I'll be you even money that this nag Seabiscuit couldn't even finish in six furlongs."
Charles: "See, sometimes when the little guy doesn't know he is a little guy, he can do great big things."
Red to Seabiscuit: "I know. I'm in a hurry too, Pops."
Red to Seabiscuit: "Let's see what you got, boy."
Red to George: "And this.. the most unkindest cut of all."
Red: "It's okay, Sam. Just gonna mow the lawn a little bit."
Sam: "Fine with me, Red."
Tick-Tock: "The Iceman cometh."
George to jockey on War Admiral: "So long, Charlie."
George to himself: "Sure hope you're right, Red. Here we go. Damn it, Johnny!"
George: "I wish it was you, Johnny."
Red: "Aw, come on, I'll be right there with you."
George: "Hey old man!"
Red: "What are you doing here?"
George: "Got another mount, just because I'm not riding him doesn't mean I'm gonna sit it out. Don't worry, I don't stand a chance. I'll see ya at the finish."
George to Red during race: "How you doing, Red?"
George: "You guys alright?"
Red to Biscuit: "There you go boy, there it is."
George: "Have a nice ride, Johnny."
Charles: "First, Red Pollard will remain Seabiscuit's jockey, now and forever."
Charles: "You are all here today because this is a horse that won't give up. Even when life beats him by a nose."
Red: "Jesus Christ.I wanna be a horse."
Tom: "You know you're almost big enough."
Red: "That's very funny."
Red about War Admiral: "Maybe he's the kinda horse that just looks good in a paddock."
Tom: "Wha-what's this?"
Red: "Beer. From an admiring public. Pretty good too, more in there."
Tom: "Where's the horse?"
Red: "Signing autographs."
Red about Admiral: "Eighteen hands? You need two guys to ride him."
Charles: "Just because we're little doesn't mean we're scared."
Charles: "Oh by the way, the horse doesn't know he's little. He thinks he's the biggest horse out there."
Charles: "The finish line is the future."
Marcela: "You don't think the "H" is too big?"
Charles: "Have you seen the size of our jockey?"
Marcela: "Well, at least he wasn't expensive."
Red to Biscuit: "You're amazing animal!"
Marcela about Biscuit: "Seems pretty fast."
Tom: "Yeah. In every direction."
Tom: "Sometimes they just hanker for a little competition."