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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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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
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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 B. Pierce  (as 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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Additional Details

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

The name of the big horse race was "The All-American Quarter Horse Futurity Stakes" where ten quarter horses race in a 440 yard sprint. The stakes of the prize money was worth $1 million.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 »
Movie Connections:
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Another horse movie for everyone, well, almost., 12 May 2005
Author: lightninboy from South Dakota

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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