Red Pollard: Tobey Maguire
Charles Howard: Jeff Bridges
Tom Smith: Chris Cooper
Tick Tock McGlaughlin: William H. Macy
Marcela Howard: Elizabeth Banks
George Woolf: Gary Stevens

Universal Pictures presents a film written and directed by Gary Ross. Based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand. Running time: 140 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for language, some sexual situations and violent sports related images).

Central Theme
There is great potential in those who get banged up by life and then get a second chance.

It is the story that inspired a nation¢â‚¬¦and one that almost didn’t happen. It is the story of a country whose dreams had been shattered¢â‚¬¦and the people who found a hero in an average horse that could achieve the unthinkable. It is the story of three lost men, Johnny “Red” Pollard, a young man whose spirit had been broken; Charles Howard, a millionaire who had lost everything. and Tom Smith a cowboy whose world was vanishing who found each other and discovered hope in an unlikely place. The odds were incredible, the dream was impossible and somehow, it actually happened. An American epic of triumph and perseverance set during the Great Depression, is based on the best-selling book that was one of the most popular and widely read non-fiction books of recent years. ‚© Universal Pictures, Dreamworks Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment.

Beliefs num
–Every life has value.
–Broken people need a second chance.
–Hope is a great healer.
Redeeming a life requires giving another chance.
–Redemption requires taking a chance on someone who everybody has given up on.
–We are born for a purpose and that purpose can be forgotten in the rough and tumble of life.
–The future is for those who will seize it.
–Goodness and courage prevail.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–What are the artistic merits of this film?
–What elements common to human experience did you resonate with in this film?
–What elements in word, deed, theme or behavior created a dissonance with who you are or want to be spiritually?
–What does this film tell us about who God is? Who humans are? What we are seeking in life?
–How do the themes of this film mirror the gospel, the good news of what Jesus does for humans?

Provocative Quotes byline
–It was the beginning and end of imagination all at the same time.
==Narration regarding Henry Ford’s assembly line.
–To tell you the truth, I wouldn’t spend more than $5 on the best horse in America.
==Howard selling cars to replace horses in the west.
–You have a gift.
==Dad to Red.
–At a time when you really needed a drink, you couldn’t get one in the US.
==Narration about prohibition during the great depression.
–You don’t throw a whole life away just because he’s banged up a little.
==Smith to Howard on why he is healing a horse’s leg instead of shooting him and then Howard to Smith when he learns Red is blind in one eye.
–It isn’t just the speed¢â‚¬¦it’s the heart.
–They got him so screwed up running in circles; he’s forgotten what he was born to do¢â‚¬¦he just needs to learn to be a horse again.
–For the first time in a long time, somebody cared. For the first time in a long time, you were no longer alone.
==Narrator on government programs that helped people after the depression.
–That’s who we’re riding for. The guy with a quarter in his pocket.
==Howard wanting poor people to be at the races.
–Sometimes all somebody needs is a second chance.
–Our horse is too small. Our jockey’s too big. Our trainer’s too old. And I’m too dumb to know the difference!
==Howard on cross-country press junket.
–You know what Hadrian said about Rome, ¢â‚¬Ëœbrick by brick.’
==Red about making progress.
–You want to know what I think? It’s better to break a man’s leg than his heart.
==Jockey George Woolf on giving Red a chance to race again.
–I was crippled for the rest of my life. I got better. He made me better. Hell, you made me better!
==Red to Howard who is afraid to let him test his leg in a race.
–That horse is as much mine as he is yours!
==Red to Howard.
–Everybody thinks we found this broken down horse and fixed it, but he fixed us and in a way¢â‚¬¦we fixed each other too.

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