Big Spender (2003)

TV Movie  |  PG  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Burton
Jake Cotter
Mel Tennant
Will Burton
Chris Benson ...
Officer Acosta
David Black ...
Parole Board Member
Eve Crawford ...
Dr. Reece
Bob Desrosiers ...
Seth Travis (as Robert Desrosier)
Warren Dexter Beatty ...
C.O. #1
Danny Foster ...
Clay Thomas
Donna Goodhand ...
Santino Buda ...


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 »





Release Date:

25 March 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El indomable Big Spender  »

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The "sick horse" was actually saved by the film. At one point she was starting to look too good to play sick. See more »


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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Great movie :)
22 April 2003 | by (Ontario Canada) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie!! It is a perfect movie to watch with family of all ages. I think Casper did a wonderful job in this movie working with the horses as well as making his role very believable. I especially enjoyed seeing him sing even if it was for a small part of the movie. :)

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