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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
(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 »
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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