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John McPhee (short story "Ruidoso")
Carol Sobieski (writer)
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Release Date:
26 June 1980 (Australia) 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
Susan Myers ... Kelly Marsh
Michael Hershewe ... Casey Bourdelle
Harry Caesar ... Calvin Lebec
Joel Fluellen ... Jimmy Judson

Whit Bissell ... Dr. Williamson
James M. Halty ... Donovan
William Pitt ... Dr. Pitt
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
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
John McPhee (short story "Ruidoso")

Carol Sobieski (writer)

Produced by
Michael Levee .... executive producer
Ray Stark .... producer
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo 
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 .... hair stylist
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
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 Jesús Elizondo)
John Monte .... still photographer
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 .... music supervisor
Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Frank Bueno .... assistant to producer
Golda David .... assistant: Mr. Ritt
Robert Engelman .... assistant to 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)
Crew believed to be complete

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117 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Reportedly, the only preparation that actor Walter Matthau did for the lead role was listen to Cajun music for his character's Creole accent. Matthau's Lloyd Bourdelle character had been described as being a "coonass Cajun", a "coonass" being a slang term for a person of Cajun ethnicity.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 »
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Not great, but not bad, 12 December 2002
Author: knsevy from KCMO

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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