Thursday, July 06, 2006

Ruffian (the movie)

Check out the trailer for Ruffian (the movie).

The movie is scheduled to debut in June 2007 on ABC in conjunction with ABC's broadcast of the Belmont Stakes.


QQ said...

Thanks much for the link to the trailer; somehow I missed this when the film was first announced.

Terri in IL said...

Thank you! A movie long overdue about the greatest filly of all time. Can't wait to see it.

Linda said...

I hope the movie depicts what Mr.Whiteley was to racing and to Ruffian. Her human family was such a part of Ruffian's life (they still are). I am so glad we are finally getting a movie about her. She was, in fact, the greatest racehorse of all time. I had hoped to see this on the big screen, but am sure ESPN will do her justice. With Bill Nack as an advisor, it will undoubtedly include all the emotions that surrounded Ruffian in life, and in death. Kudos.

Anonymous said...

I am not seeing a time when this movie is supposed to be playing?

Anonymous said...

I first startd training racehorses over 30 years ago and I would like to say how shocked I was in finally being able to view a horse racing movie that had the very minimum of goofs in it. Amazing! ESPN and ABC aired one of the most realistic racing movies last
night, I have ever seen and that goes back to the B movies of the 30s up to the modern, "Dreamer" movie. Most all of them are honey cesspools obviously written, directed, produced by people with limited backstretch experience.
"Ruffian", last night got it mostly right! I would guess Bill Nack is the guiding light to this rarity though I am not too familiar with the credited
writers. Maybe they know something too. They must! The track jargon and dialogue seemed pretty true to life for a change. Shepard did a marvelous job portraying an old timey kind of trainer in Frank Whiteley. The sugar-coated emotionality common to these types of movies was unbelievably
absent. The racing scenes were pretty nicely photographed considering that this was a low budget TV movie. I can only criticize the movie in a few
places. The racing scenes were obviously speeded up as is common in most racing movies. Apparently movie makers feel that normal race scenes photographed in real time seem too slow to the movie goer. Hehee. I also fault the bandaging technique of Sam Shepard but, hey, those scenes were pretty skeletal in nature. Lastly, most of the morning track scenes lacked
the customary busy activity of a real track, but they no doubt used vacated tracks or tracks under controlled conditions. No biggie.

The movie is breath of fresh air to all of the crap preceding it in years past. I can die in peace now. (:>)



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