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Casey's Shadow -- A funny and touching story for the whole family about an irascible, impoverished horse trainer Lloyd Bourdelle (Walter Matthau) and his three sons.


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Carol Sobieski (screenplay)
John McPhee (short story "Ruidoso")
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Release Date:
1978 (UK) See more »
This crazy mixed-up family doesn't stand a chance of winning a million bucks. Wanna bet?
Casey is a young boy in a family that trains racehorses. His best friend, a foal they call "Casey's Shadow"... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Walter Matthau ... Lloyd Bourdelle

Alexis Smith ... Sarah Blue

Robert Webber ... Mike Marsh

Murray Hamilton ... 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

Whit Bissell ... Dr. Williamson
James M. Halty ... Donovan (as Jimmy Halty)
William Pitt ... Dr. Pitt (as William Pitt D.V.M.)
Dean Turpitt ... Dean
Sanders Delhomme ... Old Cajun
Richard Thompson ... Lenny
Galbert Wanoskia ... Indian
William Karn ... Old Man

Ed Hyman ... All American Network Announcer
Thomas Caldwell ... Auctioneer
Bill Tackett ... Auctioneer
Tom Dawson ... Starting Gate Announcer
Robert Dudich ... Race Announcer

William Thomas ... Weight Scales Jockey Room
Warren Richardson ... Guard
Ronald L. Schwary ... Ticket Seller
Leonard Blach ... Veterinarian (as Leonard Blach D.V.M.)
Justin Buford ... Kid
Dean Cormier ... Barmaid
Thelma Cormier ... Calcutta Dealer
Ronald Benoit ... Calcutta Dealer
Norman Faulk ... Track Timer
Gene Norman ... Head Wrangler
Paul Uccello ... Track Timer
W. Patrick Scott ... Veterinarian
James Hutchinson Jr. ... Bar Man

Directed by
Martin Ritt 
Writing credits
Carol Sobieski (screenplay)

John McPhee (short story "Ruidoso")

Produced by
Michael Levee .... executive producer
Ray Stark .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sidney Levin 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
Production Design by
Robert Luthardt 
Set Decoration by
Charles Pierce 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
Makeup Department
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist (as Leo L. Lotito Jr.)
Jean Burt Reilly .... hairstylist
Production Management
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... unit production manager (as Phillip Goldfarb)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sidney Levin .... second unit director
Steve Perry .... second assistant director (as Steve H. Perry)
Ronald L. Schwary .... assistant director
Bill Scott .... second assistant director (as William P. Scott)
Art Department
John Zemansky .... property master
Sound Department
Gene Eliot .... sound editor (as Eugene Eliot)
Al Overton Jr. .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary R. Dodd .... key grip
Chuy Elizondo .... camera operator (as Jesus Elizondo)
John Monte .... still man
James Plannette .... gaffer
Paul Caven .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Richard Walden .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael J. Harte .... costumer: men (as Michael Harte)
Gail Viola .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
John Brice .... assistant editor
R. Hansel Brown .... additional editor
David Garfield .... assistant editor
A. David Marshall .... additional editor
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
Stewart Levine .... musical supervisor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Frank Bueno .... assistant to the producer
Golda David .... assistant: Mr. Ritt
Robert Engelman .... assistant to the producer
Al Jank .... livestock supervisor
Scott MacDonough .... unit publicist
Chuck Murray .... auditor
Karen Murray .... auditor
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor
Amanda Pope .... technical advisor
Marykay Powell .... publicity coordinator
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Jerry Apodaca .... our special thanks for the assistance of the following: (as Governor Jerry Apodaca and his staff of the State of New Mexico)
Edwin Edwards .... our special thanks for the assistance of the following: (as Governor Edwin Edwards and his staff of the State of Louisiana)
Al Rosa .... our special thanks for the assistance of the following: (as General Manager Al Rosa and his staff at Ruidoso Downs)
Crew believed to be complete

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117 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG (MPAA rating: certificate #24769)
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The production shoot for this picture went for fifty-one days.See more »
Continuity: (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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Making of 'Casey's Shadow' (1978) (TV)See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Matthau was Great, 2 May 2008
Author: whpratt1 from United States

This is a great family film dealing with down to earth people who enjoy their local interests dealing mainly with horse racing. Lloyd Bourdelle, (Walter Matthau) is a farmer who also raises quarter horses and has a young son named Casey Bourdelle, who loves horses. Lloyd is able to raise a full grown horse who he calls "Casey's Shadow" after his son and this horse breaks all speed records and is a possible winner of a million dollar race. Sarah Blue, ( Alexis Smith) becomes interested in this horse and offers to buy the horse for $500,00 dollars, however, this horse receives serious injuries to his legs and Lloyd receives a serious set-back which upsets the entire family. Walter Matthau gave an outstanding performance and this is a great film to view and enjoy.

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