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Big Spender

4.7 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Eddie Burton (Casper Van Dien) has made too many mistakes in his life. In and out of trouble with the law, he risks losing the one thing that matters to him the most-his seven-year-old son Will.

When Eddie finds himself at a horse farm as part of a prison work detail, he thinks it will be an easy way out. He soon finds, however, that it is much more difficult than he ever could have imagined.

When a horse named Big Spender arrives at the farm, Eddie's life takes a dramatic turn.

Big Spender was once a world-class racehorse, but after he stopped
winning, his abusive owner left him for dead. Near starvation, Big Spender has all but lost the will to live, and it is up to Eddie to nurse the horse back to health and help transform him back into a champion.

Based on a true story, BIG SPENDER is about the unlikeliest of friendships between a man and a horse and their attempt to regain what they have lost.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Casper Van Dien, Graham Greene, Tara Spencer-Nairn, Matthew Knight, Corinne Conley
  • Directors: Paul Schneider
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: MONARCH HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A9GL1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,004 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Big Spender" on IMDb

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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.
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A Kid's Review on June 24, 2005
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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.
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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
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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.
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This is a neat movie, and quite true to real life.I started to watch it on tv, thinking I would switch channels after
a few minutes. I ended up watching the whole movie. I found it refreshing and uplifting without being sappy
or unrealistic in scope.
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Good story about a man learning kindness and responsibility by taking care of an abused racehorse. Based on factual accounts of prisoners working with animals.
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i loved this movie.casper van dien's best work.(and believe me,if you've seen casper's movies,that's saying something.)

A great bond between man and beast;A great-looking man and a great-looking beast; If you're into these kinds of movies,it's a must see.
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Bought it for my daughter. She seen it years ago and after looking for hours for it I grabbed it. It is very good and has a good story and plot behind it. Well worth the time it took me to find it.
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