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The Long Shot (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 18 April 2004
A woman moves with her husband and seven-year-old daughter from Colorado to California and then her husband abandons them. While trying to rebuild her life, she finds solace while working at a horse farm and decides to enter her beloved horse in a high-stakes riding competition.


David Alexander

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Benz ... Annie Garrett
Marsha Mason ... Mary Lou O'Brian
Paul Le Mat ... Guido Levits
Gage Golightly ... Taylor Garrett
David Alexander David Alexander ... Monte Shelton
Christopher Cousins ... John Oaks
John Livingston ... Ross Garrett
Robert Pine ... Douglas McCloud
Laura Johnson ... Bonnie McCloud
Juliette Goglia ... Colleen O'Brian
Cliff Bemis ... Robert Tillman
Patrick Day ... Motel Manager
Andrea Piedimonte Bodini ... Police Officer (as Andrea Piedimonte)
Jill Jaress ... Lisa's Mother
Joshua Grenrock Joshua Grenrock ... Announcer


Annie Garriet is a young woman who moves with her irresponsible husband Ross and their seven-year-old daughter Taylor from Colorado to a ranch in northern California where Ross abandons them after he fails to land a job. With no money and no friends, and Taylor and Annie's prized racehorse, Tolo, to look after, Annie lands a job at a ranch hand and stable person at a stud farm owned by the stern Mary Lou O'Brien who is hiding some person demons of her own. Despite Annie's own setbacks in life, she decides to find an outing by entering her horse in a high-stakes riding competition. But when her horse goes blind from a race illness, Annie must struggle with her hardships to put the impossible to the test. Written by matt-282

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Official Sites:

Hallmark Entertainment





Release Date:

18 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dear Mr. God See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a scene at the final horse show, the judge's table has a banner on it for an actual organization, the Liberty Horse Exerciser with their phone number of (805) 495-5395. See more »


when Annie rides Tolo in the Musical Freestyle Championship, there is no music. she is also not riding a test of her own creation incorporating the Grand Prix movements and set to music, she is riding an existing Grand Prix test, which would disqualify her from a Musical Freestyle Championship. See more »


[first lines]
Annie Garrett: [Tolo whinnies] Alright, I hear ya. I'm comin'. Hey, hey boy, hey. Got a cookie for ya. Yeah. I know you hate travelin' but, we gotta get goin'. Alright? Let's go.
[Tolo stands there]
Annie Garrett: Alright, if you wanna stay here, fine!
[Tolo walks out and follows Annie]
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About inaccuracies..
10 April 2008 | by miltonlonSee all my reviews

(previous comment)"...I know for a fact that blind horses do not load trailers easily." I have not seen the movie yet, but after reading the previous comment about Hollywood not researching horses beforehand, I must say that this commenter also did not do THEIR research on blind horses either! Knowing a partially blind horse once, does not make an expert of anyone. Your comment about blind horses not loading easily is absolutely FASLSE! If movies fail to accurately portray the bond and relationship b/t horse and rider...it's only because most horses and riders do not really have a true partnership to begin with (hence ANY horse not loading into a trailer easily). I own, ride and trailer a totally blind horse who has taught me plenty about communication and trust. Because of that trust, he loads into a trailer far better than most sighted horses. He also has the courage and confidence to lead himself! Yep, may bump into a thing or two...but once he figures it out...he makes a mental map of his surroundings. Truly awe inspiring to watch him! Maybe Hollywood didn't do such a good job on getting everything right...but people must know that the possibility does exist. Jean & Houdini

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