Casey's Shadow (1978) - Rotten Tomatoes

Casey's Shadow (1978)

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Cajun quarter-horse trainer Lloyd Bourdelle (Walter Matthau) struggles to eke out a decent living for himself and his three sons Buddy, Randy and Casey (Andrew A. Rubin, Stephen Burns and Michael Hershewe). Their prize horse is thoroughbred foal Casey's Shadow, named after the youngest son (Hershewe). The question is whether or not Lloyd, a life-long loser, can take advantage of the opportunity for bettering his lot afforded by Casey's Shadow. Alexis Smith co-stars as Sarah Blue, a wealthy woman who becomes Matthau's strongest ally when she offers to buy the horse rather than allow the vindictive Mike Marsh (Robert Webber) to destroy it.

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Cast

Walter Matthau
as Lloyd Bourdelle
Alexis Smith
as Sarah Blue
Robert Webber
as Mike Marsh
Andrew A. Rubin
as Buddy Bourdelle
Murray Hamilton
as Tom Patterson
Andrew Rubin
as Buddy Bourdelle
Stephen W. Burns
as Randy Bourdelle
Susan Myers
as Kelly Marsh
Michael Hershewe
as Casey Bourdelle
Harry Caesar
as Calvin Lebec
Joel Fluellen
as Jimmy Judson
Whit Bissell
as Dr. Williamson
Jim Halty
as Donovan
William Pitt
as Dr. Pitt
William Karn
as Old Man
Ed Hyman
as All American Network Announcer
Thomas Caldwell
as Auctioneer
Bill Tackett
as Auctioneer
Tom Dawson
as Starting Gate Announcer
William Thomas
as Weight Scales Jockey Room
Robert Dudich
as Race Announcer
Ronald L. Schwary
as Ticket Seller
Dean Cormier
as Barmaid
Norman Faulk
as Track Timer
Gene Norman
as Head Wrangler
Paul Uccello
as Track Timer
W. Patrick Scott
as Veterinarian
Leonard Blach
as Veterinarian
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Critic Reviews for Casey's Shadow

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Seems a shame to keep slagging off Ritt for his liberalism when he can turn in something as well-crafted and unpretentious as this.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
Top Critic

A complex tale of morals and animal cruelty.

January 2, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Common Sense Media

A sincere, good-natured, well-performed family picture.

January 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
TV Guide

Walter Matthau bites into his juicy role like a cowpoke chewing on some tobacco and it comes out just right.

January 24, 2004 | Full Review…
Spirituality and Practice

Beautifully observed, but a little too worthy and horsey for those who like their films with more bite.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…
Film4

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