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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.


Martin Ritt


Carol Sobieski (screenplay), John McPhee (short story "Ruidoso")

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Steve Burns ... Randy Bourdelle (as Stephan Burns)
Susan Myers Susan Myers ... Kelly Marsh
Michael Hershewe Michael Hershewe ... Casey Bourdelle
Harry Caesar ... Calvin Lebec
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Jimmy Judson
Whit Bissell ... Dr. Williamson
James M. Halty James M. Halty ... Donovan (as Jimmy Halty)
William Pitt William Pitt ... Dr. Pitt (as William Pitt D.V.M.)
Dean Turpitt Dean Turpitt ... Dean
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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) See more »

Also Known As:

The Coon-Ass Colt See more »

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Color (Metrocolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


First credited role in a theatrical feature film of actor Michael Hershewe. This was announced in the 26th August 1976 edition of show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter'. Hershewe had previously appeared in television and uncredited as Albert Tiger De Coco in Claude Chabrol's Blood Relatives (1978). 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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Music and lyrics by Dickey Betts (as Richard Betts)
Performed by The Allman Brothers Band
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Casey's Shadow
9 July 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Well made children's film about a young boy and the horse he hopes to make a champion. Matthau is here to guide us through the picture.

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