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Big Spender (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 »


Paul Schneider


Jayne Martin




Cast overview, first billed only:
Casper Van Dien ... Eddie Burton
Graham Greene ... Jake Cotter
Tara Spencer-Nairn ... Mel Tennant
Matthew Knight ... Will Burton
Corinne Conley ... Rita
Chris Benson Chris Benson ... Officer Acosta
David Black David Black ... Parole Board Member
Randy Butcher ... Andre
Eve Crawford Eve Crawford ... Dr. Reece
Bob Desrosiers Bob Desrosiers ... Seth Travis (as Robert Desrosier)
Warren Dexter Beatty Warren Dexter Beatty ... C.O. #1
Sten Eirik Sten Eirik ... Tree
Danny Foster Danny Foster ... Clay Thomas
Donna Goodhand Donna Goodhand ... Superintendent
Santino Buda Santino Buda ... Luis


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.


Drama | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for brief violence and mild language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


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: Maybe there's something at the track. I'll ask around.
Eddie Burton: Thanks. I'm glad you're on Big Spender.
Mel Tennant: Someone gives you a second chance to prove yourself, you take it.
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Big Spender - Hoochie See more »

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brilliant and emotional
26 August 2004 | by hotchicofessexSee all my reviews

i caught this film last week on sky and i have to say it brought a tear to my eye, Casper was brilliant. the film is set basically on a racehorse retirement farm, and its the story of a racehorse called big spender, it shows the dedication of the local prison inmates to care for these horses and Eddie (Casper) and the horse named big spender have a special kind of relationship where each relies on the other to survive and survive they do.Eddie gets his life sorted and in doing so gets his parole so that he can care for his son and also a job in the bargain at a horse stables. Big spender the horse may be a failed racehorse but he reemerges as a quality show jumping horse. its brilliant and i think could bring a tear to the hardest of hearts.

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Release Date:

25 March 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El indomable Big Spender See more »

Filming Locations:

Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

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