Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Molly the Cat's ABC Wednesday Movie for the Letter I


Emphasis on the word incredible, because this post is, after all, for the letter I for ABC Wednesday. The film I'm talking about today is incredible, no doubt about it.

You know what else is incredible? The changing weather patterns. Incredible Harvey. Incredible Irma. And, the incredible high temperatures we had over the weekend. Depending on who was talking, it was 106, 116, or 119 degrees last Saturday. It was so hot I didn't want to eat. Not move a tiny bit at all. I kinda wished the Missus Lady would've shaved me. And, now, tonight, it got so cool, I snuggled on the couch next to the Missus Lady, who was under her comforter. Sacré bleu!   Mewwwwwww.

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance (2015)

Setting: Cefn Ffirest, Wales, a once-upon-a-time mining village

This is a documentary about a bunch of working class people who pooled their money to purchase a racehorse to breed and raise her foal into a winning racehorse. They called themselves the Syndicate and the foal, Dream Alliance. 

The horse grew up on an allotment, which I think is a small piece of land on which the villagers grow their vegetable gardens. Eventually, the Syndicate hired a trainer and Dream Alliance went to live with the trainer and other racehorses-in-training. 

Dream Alliance showed potential, but his wild streak kept him from being like the other polished racehorses. Good for him, the Missus Lady said. It was probably what made him a grand competitor, I think. Purrrrr. Here's a hint on how well Dream Alliance fared. One newspaper called him the "Slumnag Millionaire".

Dream Alliance was prone to injuries, unfortunately. Would he be able to run in the next race? Should he?

The movie is just more than a story about a no-nothing horse running well in some of the top races, including the Grand National. It's also a story about the Syndicate who are 23 strong-willed men and women eking out a living in a once-mining town.  Race horsing is a rich man's sport, but they didn't let that bother them. Nay. Not at all. 

But, will Dream Alliance's wins and fame go to the Syndicate's head? 




A note from Su-sieee! Mac: Click here to check out what other bloggers from around the world have written about the letter I for ABC Wednesday.  Thank you,  ABCW team!



22 comments:

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    1. I wouldn't have if it weren't for the previews that come with the movies. Usually takes 2 or 3 times of seeing a preview before the Husband or I think of writing it down.

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  2. Seems like an interesting story ... I have not seen this film.

    Have a splendid ♥-warming ABC-Wednes-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫
    http://melodymusic.nl/21-i/

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  3. I'd love to see this and wonder if I can rent it as I don't have Netflix or anything like that. What an inspirational story

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    1. Maybe you can get your library to find it through the interlibrary loan system. This was a sweet story.

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  4. Does it really get that hot in California? During Harvey's rain the temperature went down in the low 70's...a real treat for us. Too bad it was raining like crazy. Then it got hot again, but today was beautiful. Lower temperature and lower humidity. It was so nice to be outside for a change.

    So it's a true story. Sounds inspirational.

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    1. Betty, we're such babies in our neck of the wood. We complain when it gets into the 90s. But after those few days, 90s is heaven. This has been a strange summer of heat waves. Each one was hotter than the last. Hopefully, this is the last heat wave.

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  5. Dream Alliance looks interesting.
    I know something that's incredible too. It's "Incredible India". That's my country's tagline. Do visit us to learn more :)
    Have a great week!

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  6. This Is Indeed Incredible . . . thanks, Molly!

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  7. Sounds and looks like a wonderful story and renegade horse ~ thanks, ^_^

    (A ShutterBug Explores)

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    1. I think you and Artmuse might enjoy this one.

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  8. We've had unsettled weather here, too. Our spring was wet and cold and then suddenly hot weather that has caused lots of forest fires in the province, which have sent their smoke down to us. Sure hope these weather patterns everywhere settle down soon for everyone's sake. Have an incredible week!

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  9. I heard of the film, but never saw it

    ROG, ABCW

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  10. Are you getting all that smoke too? ... it rolled back in up here and for a few days it was hard to breathe outside. Mrs Widds had some out-in-the-world chores to do the other day and she said she saw people jogging, and riding bikes, without any breathing protection whatsoever. Silly humans.

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    1. We got smoke here, too, but I don't know what fires they were from. The last two or three days have been foggy, cloudy, rainy (but not here), and dry thunderstormy for us so that has chased the smoke away.

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  11. I don"r know the dark horse, titles are often completely changed when translated and all our books are in French of course. I see daily in the News what happens in your country must be very scary for you cats ! Arthur already hides under the bed when there is a little thunderstorm !

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    1. I'm not sure if Molly the Cat is scared of thunder. She does all right during the fireworks season, merely looking upstairs (where the sound comes through) to see what the noise is.

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Thanks for the good cheer. :-)