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The Cup (2011)

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The 2002 Melbourne Cup horse race, brotherly love and the triumph of the human spirit. A true story.

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Simon Wincer

Writers:

Eric O'Keefe (screenplay), Simon Wincer (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Martin Bryan Martin ... MC Jockey's Presentation
Stephen Curry ... Damien Oliver
Jodi Gordon ... Trish Oliver
Daniel MacPherson ... Jason Oliver
Alice Parkinson ... Jenny
Shaun Micallef ... Lee Freedman (as Shaun Micaleff)
Martin Sacks ... Neil Pinner
Colleen Hewett Colleen Hewett ... Pat Oliver
Andrew Curry ... Ray Oliver
Meredith Penman ... Young Pat Oliver
Brendan Gleeson ... Dermot Weld
Kate Bell ... Claire
Tom Burlinson ... Dave Phillips
Nick Simpson-Deeks ... Pat Smullen
Lewis Fitz-Gerald ... Sir Michael Smurfit
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Storyline

Born into a legendary racing family, jockeys Damien Oliver and his brother, Jason, followed in their father's footsteps. Ray Oliver died tragically in a racing accident when the boys were young. But racing was in their blood, and Damien in particular inherited his father's gifts. His eye was on the greatest championship of them all, the prestigious Melbourne Cup. After years of training, he was ready. Damien would ride the powerful but temperamental Media Puzzle, under the watch of the great Irish trainer Dermot Weld. Some were not so sure about Media Puzzle's chances, but Weld was confident that the great jockey and spirited horse would make an unbeatable combination. As racing day approached, horses, jockeys, trainers, owners, fans and the media from around the globe descended on Melbourne. Weld's fiercest rival, Sheikh Mohammed, the Crown prince of Dubai, sent his best horses, anxious for a Melbourne Cup win. The news channels were filled with talk and speculation about Damien and ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

13 October 2011 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

AUD15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,771,273
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The owner of Media Puzzle, the champion horse portrayed in this film, Dr. Michael Smurfit, was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jefferson Smurfit Group from 1977, until his retirement in November 2002, the same month that the subject race in this film was held. However, by the time this film was completed in 2011, Smurfit had been created Sir Michael Smurfit, KBE (Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in The Queen's Birthday Honors List for June 2005. See more »

Goofs

During the 2002 AFL season, North Melbourne did not play West Coast in a match in Melbourne. During that season the two teams met twice with the matches being played in Perth and Canberra. See more »

Quotes

Sir Michael Smurfit: He's not the same man, Dermot, you know.
Dermot Weld: I believe he's the only man to ride that horse in the Cup. And if it means risking the copious amounts of money you give me to prove it, I'm prepared to do that.
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Connections

References Phar Lap (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Set
Written by T. Wild
(Mushroom Music Publishing)
Performed by Taxiride
(P) 1999 Warner Music Australia
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music Australia Pty Ltd
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A very entertaining true horse racing movie that can stand side by side with "Seabiscuit". Very much worth seeing. I say B+
13 September 2012 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"Remember anything can happen, it's the Melbourne Cup." This is a movie based on the true story of the 2002 Melbourne Cup horse race in Australia. After winning the best jockey award for the 4th year in a row Damien Oliver (Curry) surprises everyone, including his brother in announcing he will race for the hated Irish trainer Dermot Weld (Gleeson). After tragedy strikes during the qualifying races for the cup Damien must decide if racing is still for him and if he can regain the spark. I may have to rethink the way I feel about certain movies. I was not interested in seeing "Seabiscuit" because it was about horse racing and I really enjoyed that movie. I was still not looking forward to "Secretariat" and that movie blew me away with how good it was. For the third time I was really reluctant to see this movie and again I was shocked at how good it was. The movie is pretty cheesy in parts and even the tragedies are kind of glossed over but this is still very much worth watching. Whether you are a horse racing fan or not this is still a very good movie that is very entertaining and a very good watch. I highly recommend this. Overall, pretty cheesy and acting is iffy at best but the fact that this is a true story helps overcome those short-comings and makes it very much worth watching. I give it a B+.


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