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Casey's Shadow (1978)

PG | | Drama, Family, Sport | 1978 (UK)
Casey is a young boy in a family that trains racehorses. His best friend, a foal they call "Casey's Shadow", looks to be a loser, but comes out a champion.



(screenplay), (short story "Ruidoso")

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Blue
Mike Marsh
Tom Patterson
Buddy Bourdelle (as Andrew A. Rubin)
Steve Burns ...
Randy Bourdelle (as Stephan Burns)
Susan Myers ...
Kelly Marsh
Michael Hershewe ...
Casey Bourdelle
Calvin Lebec
Joel Fluellen ...
Jimmy Judson
Dr. Williamson
James M. Halty ...
Donovan (as Jimmy Halty)
William Pitt ...
Dr. Pitt (as William Pitt D.V.M.)
Dean Turpitt ...
Sanders Delhomme ...
Old Cajun


Casey is a young boy in a family that trains racehorses. His best friend, a foal they call "Casey's Shadow", looks to be a loser, but comes out a champion. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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This crazy mixed-up family doesn't stand a chance to win a Million Bucks except with a little hope and luck. See more »


Drama | Family | Sport


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Release Date:

1978 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A Horse of a Different Color  »

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Debut theatrical feature film of actor Andrew Rubin. He was billed in the credits as "Andrew A. Rubin". His casting playing Lloyd Bourdelle (Walter Matthau)'s son Buddy Bourdelle was announced in the 24th August 1976 edition of show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter'. See more »


When Buddy has cooked supper, can't find any plates, and is ranting about not being able to put dinner on the table with no plates, Lloyd is sitting in an armchair with Casey sitting on its arm as Lloyd tries to get him to read the words "the child" from the open book Lloyd is holding. At 0:18:08, Lloyd snaps the book closed in his left hand and puts his right hand to his face, but at 0:18:09 when the scene cuts to a closer shot of Casey and Lloyd for Casey's line "Randy put 'em in the bathtub", Lloyd has the book open on his knee. See more »


Lloyd Bourdelle: You're too big to be so stupid.
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Adapted and Performed by Dr. John
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Good family movie and Walter is a riot.
1 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

One of my favorite movies. I like horses, I like happy endings, and I like Walter Matthau. I miss him and am glad to have a great film like this to remind me why he was so wonderful. Watch it with your kids (or your horse).

The story of an old hard boot horse trainer with kids, and down on his luck. If you have ever had or appreciated horse racing you will appreciate the rags to riches storyline. It may be a little below "Seabiscuit", but not a lot. The story is the same one, except it is the quarter horse version. Well acted, correct racing terms and equipment, and nice racing scenes. Don't take my word for it, get it and make up your own mind.

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