Phar Lap

Year: 1983
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Simon Wincer
Writer: David Williamson
Cast: Tom Burlinson, Robert Grubb
There was a peculiar idea in film structure at the time (it can also be seen in Gandhi) of showing the tragic end of the lead character at the beginning of the story.

To paraphrase the plastic placard over a thousand workplaces, you don't have to like horses to see the movie, but it helps. If you don't know the story, Phar Lap was the racing name for a horse that captured the public imagination in the prewar years by winning everything he ran in, regardless of how much weight they put on him for a handicap.

The movie is old and fuzzy now, and is probably the best example of the admittedly small uplifting Australian champion pre-war racehorse genre.

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