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Casey's Shadow (1978)

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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.

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

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Drama | Family | Sport

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26 June 1980 (Australia)  »

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A Horse of a Different Color  »

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This film was made and released about four years after its source short story "Ruidoso" by John McPhee was first published in 1974, the story being an article which first appeared in the 29th April 1974 edition of "The New Yorker". See more »

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(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 »

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RAMBLIN' MAN
Music and lyrics by Dickey Betts (as Richard Betts)
Performed by The Allman Brothers Band
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Not great, but not bad
12 December 2002 | by (KCMO) – See all my reviews

Walter Matthau can always improve a mediocre film, and this movie proves it. He turns in a very realistic performance as a small-time horse trainer and single father, not sugar-coating either role.

He can be, by turns, soft-hearted and doting, then iron-handed to his boys, and we can see the same dichotomy in his approach to horse training (we see that he doesn't want his young prospect racing horse overworked and hurt in small-time races, but he seems to be willing to risk the horse's life when he gets into the big time).

This is just one of Matthau's wonderful performances, and one that I highly recommend.


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