Phar Lap

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.
Director(s): Simon Wincer
Production: Roadshow Entertainment
  4 wins & 5 nominations.
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107 min

Now, no-one looks further back.

- Sell him.

- But you've gotta give him a chance.

Why? I'm not paying you to feed and

train something that looks like that.

I'm not in the habit of throwing

good money after bad, my friend.

Well, if you sell him without giving

him a chance, you're a fool.

I assure you I'm no fool.

Sell him for the best price

you can get.

I'll lease him, then.

Well, I can't buy him.

Haven't got the money.

You sign him over to me for three

years, I'll pay for his upkeep.

Give you a third of his winnings.

Three years?

Well, if you're so bloody sure

he's a no-hoper,

what have you got to lose?

What have I got to lose?

How can we afford to

lease him, Harry?

I'm the one who has to face

the feed merchant

when he comes for his money

on Mondays.

You just scoot out the back.

You've got about as much faith

in me as Davis.

You know who that colt's

got in his bloodline?

Carbine twice through Musket.

There's St. Frusquin,

Prayer Wheel, Winkle...

Harry! I haven't even got the money

to buy your son's new shoes.

All Cappy's clothes

are hand-me-downs.

Well, that horse is

gonna be a champion.

Well, can't anyone understand that?

He's gonna be a champion.

Get out, you bastard.

It's the big fella -

Happy Harry's horse.

Come on!

Pick on someone

your own size!

Youse try and do better.

- Think you're smart, don't ya?

- Smarter than you, son.

You try and put a bridle on him.

He'll bloody well

do the same to you.

Come on, Tommy.

Yeah, go on.

Alright, I'll have a go.

Ta. Ta.

Good, mate.

That's it.


You got a real goer

this time, Harry.

Jeez, you can pick 'em, Harry.

Harry knows his bloodlines.

I s'pose you'd pick one

like that for me.

Go on, you bloody mongrel!

Get away.

Excuse me.

What is that horse's name?

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David Williamson

David Keith Williamson, AO (born 24 February 1942) is one of Australia's best-known dramatists and playwrights. He has also written screenplays and teleplays. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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