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Big Spender
Big Spender
Actors: Casper Van Dien, Graham Greene, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Matthew Knight, Corinne Conley
Director: Paul Schneider
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television
PG     2003     1hr 35min

A convict turns his back on life - until a gentle nudge turns him around. Can saving an injured horse be that nudge??? Studio: Monarch Video Assoc. Release Date: 08/30/2005 Starring: Casper Van Dien Corinne Conley Run ...  more »


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Actors: Casper Van Dien, Graham Greene, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Matthew Knight, Corinne Conley
Director: Paul Schneider
Creators: Bill Wong, Rik Morden, Carlo Liconti, Ellen S. Wander, Kim Yu, Jayne Martin
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Drama, Family Films, Television
Studio: Monarch Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 09/30/2003
Original Release Date: 03/25/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 03/25/2003
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Casper is good, but the movie is just
Staci L. Wilson | USA | 12/29/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Casper Van Dien plays Eddie Barton, an ex-convict who's trying to make a new life for himself and his young son. His talent lies in rehabilitating unruly horses that have been given up on, just as many people have given up on him. Eddie finds his greatest challenge in Big Spender, a stallion with a sweet tooth and a rotten temperament. Looks and feels like TV movie, but find for Casper fans.

Staci Layne Wilson
Heartwarming Tale
Staci L. Wilson | 06/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This story is about a man who can't get his life straight, if you know what i mean. he is in prison. he and his other inmates go to work at a stable. while he is there he is put in charge of an ex-racehorse. his name Big Spender. he learns how to ride and develops a bond with this horse.this story is a great story how you can use animals to make a difference about your life.(make it better) i recommend it for all ages.
Good quality Movie
CelticWomanFanPiano | 06/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie is a good quality movie. It has a very compelling theme of second chances and getting one's life straight and in order. It does have I think two or three swear words in it, but other than that it is suitable for family viewing. There is a light love story that's nicely done. Casper Van Dien portrays a convict who has spent one/third of his life in and out of jail. When faced with the reality of losing custody of his son he tries to improve himself by getting an equestrian certificate. It is very touching how excited he gets when he is given the certificate. It is like a made-for-tv movie, but then those are some of the best out there right now. I do recommend this movie highly."
Great horse story
Rose51189 | Pennsylvania, USA | 05/31/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great movie for horselovers (of which I am one). The horse does not have a "rotten temperament," as one reviewer put it, but was an abused/neglected Thoroughbred who had given up and was close to death when he and Eddie (van Dien) form a bond that saves both of their futures.

The movie is sentimental (which I don't necessarily consider a fault), and a little far-fetched in that winning one horse show would not in reality save anyone from financial ruin. Serious horse-showing (where the big money is) is extremely expensive and time-consuming.

That said, I still highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves horses. I volunteer at a horse retirement farm, so I can relate to a lot of the things in this movie. I own a copy of this movie on VHS, and am going to order it on DVD. I've watched it several times (and will watch it again, I know) and I always enjoy it."