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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


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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 »



USA | Canada



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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Five horses played the part of Big Spender. See more »


Eddie Burton: [tp Big Spender] Look, I'm trying to help you here.
[the horse doesn't eat]
Eddie Burton: You wanna die? Fine.
[Eddie sits down]
Eddie Burton: I know life sucks, but you can't give up. Even when it looks like its not going to get any better.
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Big Spender - Hoochie See more »

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Great movie :)
22 April 2003 | by sweetnshy74See 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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