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Ruffian (2007)

A look at the life of the thoroughbred filly that dominated horse racing in the early 1970s.

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Yves Simoneau
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sam Shepard ... Frank Whiteley
Frank Whaley ... Bill Nack
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Adam ... Mike Bell
Lisa Arnold ... Female Sports Reporter #2
Laura Bailey ... Cassie
Barry Barton Barry Barton ... News Reporter
Christine Belford ... Barbara Janney
Tony Bentley ... The Lout
John T. Billingsley John T. Billingsley ... News Camera Man
Dodie Brown ... Match Race Fan
Craig Clary Craig Clary ... Race Fan
Dave Cohen ... NYC TV Reporter
Mellinda Craig Mellinda Craig ... High Class Racetrack Patron
Kip Cummings Kip Cummings ... Reporter / Race Fan
John F. Daniel ... Saratoga Race Fan
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A look at the life of the thoroughbred filly that dominated horse racing in the early 1970s.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ruffian - Die Wunderstute See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

In the scene where Ruffian breaks down during the Great Match Race with the colt Foolish Pleasure, the character of journalist Bill Nack is seen running onto the track attempting to help Ruffian. He very narrowly avoids colliding with Foolish Pleasure. This actually happened. Bill Nack later described going under a barrier and running onto the track with his eyes fixed on the injured filly Ruffian. Only when the jockey of Foolish Pleasure screamed, "Hey!" to get his attention, did Nack realize he was directly in the path of the horse. Bill Nack stopped in his tracks, and narrowly missed being run over by the 1,200 colt, who was finishing the race. See more »

Goofs

The match race between Foolish Pleasure and Ruffian which provides the crisis of the movie takes place on July 6. 1975 in Elmont, New York. However, the foliage that consistently appears in the background is sparse, consistent with April for southern New York (or March in New Orleans where the movie was shot). See more »

Connections

Featured in 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2008) See more »

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ThreeThumbs up.----From a Hard boot!
12 June 2007 | by pdopdSee all my reviews

I'm a full time trainer, horseman on the Mid-Atlantic circuit, in my off time I see five movies a week. Rarely am I treated to as an enthralling story about my first love as this.

From the timing, and character development there's an honesty about Ruffian, her handlers and their story. The horses used were beautiful, the racing scenes surprisingly realistic, and the camera shots were magnificent. This one ranks slightly below my all time favorite Caseys Shadow and above Seabiscuit, with solid high paced interest toward the eventual tears. Quite a feat for TV. The strength of the movie was the writing, the directing and cast all displaying superior theatrics. Given the budget restraints for a TV movie, I accepted the difference in the substitution of era vans for trailers, and other difficult to substitute prop switches. There were many more strengths in the production than weaknesses.

The ending is done well, with dignity, gently lifting the viewer into a better place,for all that had happened.I especially like the post log and what happened to the characters later in life. All in all, a wonderful two hours of entertainment.


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