Phar Lap - (1983) - Netflix

1h57m - Dramas

A gaunt racehorse forms a strong bond with a stable hand and stuns the world when he begins an unexpected winning spree. Based on a true story.

Director: Simon Wincer
Cast: Tom Burlinson, Martin Vaughan, Judy Morris, Celia De Burgh, Ron Leibman, Vincent Ball, John Stanton, Robert Grubb, Peter Whitford
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88/100
Countries Available in: Au

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Synopsis Phar Lap the legendary Australian racing horse is as well-known today for his mysterious death as for his fabulous accomplishments in life. Beginning at the end the film flashes back to the day that Phar Lap despite his lack of pedigree is purchased on impulse by trainer Harry Telford. Phar Lap loses his first races but Telford's faith in the animal is unshakable. Suddenly the horse becomes a winner thanks to the love and diligence of stableboy Tommy Woodcock. American-promoter Dave Davis arranges for Phar Lap to be entered in several top races where his "long shot" status results in heavy losses for the professional gamblers. Just after winning an important race in Mexico Phar Lap collapses and dies; though the film never comes out and says as much it is assumed that the horse was "murdered" by the gambling interests.

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