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Big Spender (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  25 March 2003 (USA)
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Orphan Eddie Burton is not bad, but too many screw-ups land him repeatedly in jail, so his 8-year old son Will, simply abandoned by his 'mother', has nobody else then Eddie's granny. When ... See full summary »

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Eddie Burton
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Jake Cotter
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Mel Tennant
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Will Burton
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Rita
Chris Benson ...
Officer Acosta
David Black ...
Parole Board Member
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Andre
Eve Crawford ...
Dr. Reece
Bob Desrosiers ...
Seth Travis (as Robert Desrosier)
Warren Dexter Beatty ...
C.O. #1
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Tree
Danny Foster ...
Clay Thomas
Donna Goodhand ...
Superintendent
Santino Buda ...
Luis
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Orphan Eddie Burton is not bad, but too many screw-ups land him repeatedly in jail, so his 8-year old son Will, simply abandoned by his 'mother', has nobody else then Eddie's granny. When he hears about a program for convicts working an a foundation's farm for retired race horses, Eddie signs up and proves his talent with Big Spender, who was found completely run down. He nurses the horse back to health, and convinces Jake Cotter, the man in charge, to try a stunt: train him for an new career in jumping, which is a success when his dedicated race jockey Mel Tennant volunteers to ride him again. If he does really well, he may even get a certificate opening the perspective of a real job, which he desperately needs when grandma dies after having him swear he'll get out: the nightmare alternative is to leave Will lingering in the very home that did Eddie no good... Written by KGF Vissers

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A convict turns his back on life - until a gentle nudge turns him around.

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Rated PG for brief violence and mild language | See all certifications »
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Five horses played the part of Big Spender. See more »

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Mel Tennant: [to Eddie] Hey, you're back. Big Spender really missed you.
Jake Cotter: Good, now you can muck out his stalls when you work with him.
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Perfect Film for a Saturday Afternoon!
19 April 2003 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Got nothing to do on a Saturday afternoon before going out for the night then catch Big Spender.

Casper Van Dien gives a subtle but powerful performance as the convict trying to make a new life for himself and son beyond prison through rehabilitating horses that people have given up on, just as many people have given up on him. Van Dien shows not only his strong acting talents but his skill with horses and that he is more than capable of carrying a tune when his character has to sing. You will have to watch the movie to find out why!

A perfect film for all the family as it appeals to people of all ages and reinforces the message of being kind to animals, as well as people.


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