Loosely based upon real events, 1999’s “Shergar” is an account of the significant tale of Shergar, a thoroughbred racehorse born in Ireland and trained in Britain. After a winning season, Shergar was abducted by a gang of crooks who held the horse for ransom in 1983. Though the genuine story of Shergar has actually been shrouded in secret for decades, the movie starring Ian Holm and Mickey Rourke represents an unbelievable fictionalized conclusion.
Kidnapped and held hostage by individual retirement account operatives Gavin O’Rourke (Rourke) and Dermot Concannon (Andrew Connolly), Shergar’s life appears in hazard as the Irish federal government refuses to pay the $5 million ransom for his safe return. With nobody else willing to stand up for Shergar, it falls to a steady boy and jockey named Kevin (Tom Walsh) to save the derby-winning racehorse. The reform school runaway must invade the enemy’s camp, attempt a daring rescue, and remain hidden from his pursuers. With guts, guile, and decision, Kevin does whatever it requires to conserve the horse he calls good friend.
With thrilling chases, harrowing escapes, and a lot of excitement– plus a dash of love– “Shergar” is a satisfying and dramatic adventure that adds a favorable ending to an awful true story.