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Still shot from the movie: Secretariat.

Secretariat

When business looks bad for her father's company, Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) takes over his horse stables, even though she is only a housewife. Hiring an experienced trainer (John Malkovich) she bets everything on a promising animal named Secretariat. This movie is based on the true story of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 120
Theater Release: 08 Oct 2010
Video Release: 25 Jan 2011
MPAA Rating: PG
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How We Determine Our Grades

After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

How does Penny’s determination pay off in the end? What sacrifices do she and her family make? Who else takes risks in this story?

What limitations did many women face during this era? How does she handle the opposition from others in the industry? Do you agree with her mantra that a person should run at life? What might have happened if Secretariat had not won the Triple Crown?

While Penny had a dream, it took many other people to make it a reality. What impact did her father have on her? Who else contributed to the success of this horse?

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