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The three strongest performances were those of Lane, Malkovich and Margo Martindale. Lane was able to get into character and portray a ‘70s housewife. In her films, Lane is always able to display believable emotions. Her costuming was perfect for the time period. Hair and makeup were well done and realistic.
Malkovich, who played Lucien Laurin Cheney’s horse trainer, was outstanding in his performance. He was the comedian in the movie and added humor to the tense scenes. Malkovich had a unique wardrobe to go with his humor.
Martindale, as Miss Ham, did a great job as a supporting actor. She was Chenery’s friend and sidekick. Martindale kept Malkovich’s character on his toes and kept up with his sarcastic humor.
"Secretariat" is a movie that will tug at your heart strings and keep you at the edge of your seat. It gets an A.