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Casey's Shadow

Casey's Shadow
Casey's Shadow
Casey's Shadow
  • PG
  • 1h 56m
  • 1978
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"Casey's Shadow" is a funny and touching story for the whole family about a cranky, impoverished horse trainer, Lloyd Bourdelle (Walter Matthau) and his three sons. When the oldest son is sent off to buy a quarter horse, he brings back, instead an old pregnant mare, explaining that she has superb bloodlines. The mare gives birth to a colt that grows into a strong, promising racehorse. Bourdelle sees it is an opportunity to show up his old rivals and make some money in the process. But just as Bourdelle is about to enter the horse in a million-dollar race its front leg is seriously injured. In spite of the vet's warning and his son's violent objections, Bourdelle enters the horse anyway. A bittersweet, poignant conclusion is sure to make Casey's Shadow a family favorite!
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Common Sense Says
A complex tale of morals and animal cruelty.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a quite likable story about a man struggling to do the right thing by his horse -- and his sons. The birth of a colt, in all its messiness, may be too intense for younger children. The mare dies in childbirth. The mother has abandoned the family. The greed of trainers and abuse of horses is a strong theme. The father-son relationships are strong, but the pacing is a bit slow. Younger kids or easily-distracted children will lose interest. There's a nice teenage jockey angle that's likely to compel teens. All children interested in horses will enjoy this movie.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Drama
  • Release Date:March 17, 1978
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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