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Casey's Shadow

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Martin Ritt

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About the Movie

"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!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 8
  • Fresh: 6
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It is so decently tempered and its principal characters so surprising at important moments that, in the world of horse movies it seems rare indeed. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Seems a shame to keep slagging off Ritt for his liberalism when he can turn in something as well-crafted and unpretentious as this. – Time Out, Jan 11, 2008

Rotten: Beautifully observed, but a little too worthy and horsey for those who like their films with more bite. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Casey's Shadow

This Movie has a Great Message about life, and what it cost to play the Game of life.


A very delightful and emotional story about a boy and horse. Walter is great as a tough minded dad and racehorse trainer, but quietly shows his inner colors of sensitivity and love for his sons and his horses. A real feel good movie. Reminded me much of my own father and the love he and i shared for horses.

Holds a unique place in my heart

One of the first movies I saw with my family as a child. A very good family film, highly recommended.

Casey's Shadow
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2003

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