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Casey's Shadow (1978)

PG | | Drama, Family, Sport | 1978 (UK)
Casey is a young boy in a family that trains racehorses. His best friend, a foal they call "Casey's Shadow", looks to be a loser, but comes out a champion.



(screenplay), (short story "Ruidoso")

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Bourdelle
Sarah Blue
Mike Marsh
Tom Patterson
Andrew Rubin ...
Buddy Bourdelle (as Andrew A. Rubin)
Steve Burns ...
Randy Bourdelle (as Stephan Burns)
Susan Myers ...
Kelly Marsh
Michael Hershewe ...
Casey Bourdelle
Harry Caesar ...
Calvin Lebec
Joel Fluellen ...
Jimmy Judson
Dr. Williamson
James M. Halty ...
Donovan (as Jimmy Halty)
William Pitt ...
Dr. Pitt (as William Pitt D.V.M.)
Dean Turpitt ...
Sanders Delhomme ...
Old Cajun


Casey is a young boy in a family that trains racehorses. His best friend, a foal they call "Casey's Shadow", looks to be a loser, but comes out a champion. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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This crazy mixed-up family doesn't stand a chance of winning a million bucks. Wanna bet?


Drama | Family | Sport


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1978 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Horse of a Different Color  »

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The film's "Casey's Shadow" title refers to the name of a little boy, Casey, and his colt, that follows him like a shadow. See more »


(at around 8 mins) Lloyd closes a book that he is trying to get Casey to read, but shortly after that it is open again. See more »


Lloyd Bourdelle: You're too big to be so stupid.
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Adapted and Performed by Dr. John
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Another horse movie for everyone, well, almost.
12 May 2005 | by (South Dakota) – See all my reviews

A good movie for horse enthusiasts and most others. It's a horse racing movie, and it's a "little man gets his chance" movie, and it's a "how far would you go?" movie. Walter Mattau once again proves his adaptability as an actor. He fits right in as Lloyd Bourdelle, a Louisiana Cajun horse bum. This movie gives you a rare screen glimpse of Lousiana Cajun horse drag racing. He has a young quarter horse who is a top racing prospect. "had nothing but a filling station and a good horse." The Bourdelles seize the opportunity to make it big by taking the horse, Shadow, to Ruidoso, New Mexico, to get ready to run in the All-American Futurity. But how far will Lloyd go to win the fame and fortune? Also memorable from this movie are scenes of Lloyd spitting tobacco juice and waiting for his truck to start.

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