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Charismatic

4.5 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

In June of 1999 an unlikely colt named Charismatic, with down and out jockey Chris Antley aboard, headed down the stretch at the Belmont Stakes, just seconds away from becoming the first Triple Crown winner in nearly 21 years. Thoroughbred racing was desperate for this story of deliverance as track attendance was in steep decline. Into this void stepped Charismatic and Antley, both thought to be lost causes. Together, they became the biggest long shots in 59 years to win the Kentucky Derby, and then followed up with another underdog win at the Preakness, before tragedy struck.

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  • Directors: Steve Michaels
  • Writers: ESPN
  • Producers: ESPN
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Team Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: December 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 51 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TK232Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,048 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I was a fan of Charismatic during his Triple Crown races and have read "Three Strides Before the Wire", about Charismatic's racing campaign. So when it came time for a DVD of the race series about this wonderful racer, I was happy to get it. Did Chris Antley spoil Charismatic's chances of winning a Triple Crown but keeping to horse so close to the front in the Belmont? Was Charismatic just in the bridle? You will have to come to your own conclusions. What is certain is that Chris Antley's actions past the wire help to save the horses live so he could go one to a happy Stud career. What I wish Steve Michaels would have done is to go to Japan and film Charismatic (or get a Japanese crew to film him) in his paddock as he still looks magnificent.
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I was a big Chris Antley fan and I fell in love with Charismatic during the 1999 Triple Crown season. Their story was so compelling, even before what happened at the Belmont Stakes... but it was the Belmont that really cemented their place together in history. Things certainly didn't turn out the way I thought they would, but I loved them both even more after if was all over... don't want to say more for any newbies who may not know the whole story before watching this. This ESPN film is very good, but I wish it had been a little longer... a lot of interesting little details about both the horse and especially the jockey were left out. Watch this, but also read, Three Strides Before the Wire: The Dark and Beautiful World of Horse Racing by Elizabeth Mitchell.
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An honest tribute and the heartbreaking story of Chris Antley, a lovely and extremely talented jockey who fought many demons that ultimately won the battle for his life. I knew him personally, as he often rode horses that belonged to my father early on in his career. I am deeply thankful to Gary Stevens ( one of the greatest jockeys of the 20 and 21st centuries) for his sensitive portrayal of a man I cared for and admired. I firmly believe that he saved Charismatic"s life by his quick action that day of the Belmont and everyone could see that his heart was broken . As Larry Bramledge, one of the greatest horse surgeons in the USA ( who operated on and saved the life of one of our horses) said "Horses do breakdown in this sport", Many people blamed Chris and Chris most definitely blamed himself. People need to remember that Charismatic survived.
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I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT BECAUSE I WATCHED CHRIS RIDE SEVERAL TIMES AT SARATOGA RACE TRACK. I ALSO WATCHED CHARISMATIC IN THE DERBY AND PREAKNESS. I HAVE SEVERAL DVD'S ON FAMOUS RACE HORSES AND THIS ONE IS A KEEPER.
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By Darla on January 17, 2012
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Great movie. Bought it for a X-Mas present and they loved it. I would recomend it to all horse lovers following the racing breed.
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By Elaine B. on February 28, 2015
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I thoroughly enjoyed this video and learning about Charismatic. Very well done.
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Sad story about jockey and problems of drug/alcohol addiction.
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Thank you very much. I enjoyed the movie. I love all of the horse movies. I have most of them. I try not to get the ones that make me cry.
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