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Big Spender (2003)

PG | | TV Movie 25 March 2003
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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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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Will Burton: Are you coming home soon?
Eddie Burton: They like me so much they want me to stay a bit longer.
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sincere but no drama
21 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

Eddie Burton (Casper Van Dien) is a troubled city guy from Queens. His mother is caring for his son while he's in prison. He gets into a fight. The superintendent wants to reform him. He hears about a horse farm from another prisoner and convinces her to send him on work duty. It's a retirement farm for race horses run by Jake Cotter (Graham Greene). He befriends newly-arrived, abandoned horse named Big Spender. He saves the abused horse from being euthanize with the same candy that its former jockey Mel Tennant (Tara Spencer-Nairn) used to give it.

This Animal Planet film is sincere but lacks any drama or tension. Everything is telegraphed. The horse jumping is probably the only surprise. Casper plays the jerk with a golden heart for the horse inside his outer hardened shell. Tara is too big to be a jockey. Graham is the wise man. The production is weak but otherwise, there is nothing terribly wrong. It is a TV movie of the week for horse lovers.


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