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Lean on Pete (2017)

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A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

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Andrew Haigh

Writers:

Andrew Haigh, Willy Vlautin (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Plummer ... Charley
Amy Seimetz ... Lynn
Travis Fimmel ... Ray
Steve Buscemi ... Del
Jason Beem Jason Beem ... Race Announcer
Tolo Tuitele Tolo Tuitele ... Lynn's Husband
Ayanna Berkshire ... Cop 1
Connor Brenes Connor Brenes ... Cop 2
Kurt Conroyd ... Nurse
Chloë Sevigny ... Bonnie
Dennis Fitzpatrick Dennis Fitzpatrick ... Old Timer
Rusty Tennant Rusty Tennant ... Portland Downs Security Guard
Julia Prud'homme ... Ruby
Jason Rouse ... Mitch
Lewis Pullman ... Dallas
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Storyline

The film follows fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson. He wants a home, food on the table and a high school he can attend for more than part of the year. As the son of a single father working in warehouses across the Pacific Northwest, stability is hard to find. Hoping for a new start they move to Portland, Oregon where Charley takes a summer job, with a washed-up horse trainer, and befriends a failing racehorse named Lean on Pete.

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You Can't Get Anywhere On Your Own

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Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Apóyate en mí See more »

Filming Locations:

Burns, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,975, 8 April 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,163,056, 14 June 2018
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Company Credits

Production Co:

BFI Film Fund,Film4,The Bureau See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There is an actual race horse called Lean On Pete, registered in Ireland. See more »

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Modern flat screen televisions are shown in at least 2 scenes, yet the film seems to be set in the 1990s, with old cell phones, pay phone, information operators, and older vehicles. See more »

Quotes

Ray: You know, I was a cook for two years once I dropped out of school.
Charley: Yeah, I know.
Ray: It's no way to live, though. Getting up at four every morning. Getting hit by grease all day. People complaining, orders backing up. It's no way to live.
Charley: Yeah, but you get free food?
Ray: Yeah, you get free food. But let me tell you, you end up hating food. But there are waitresses. Hm. You like waitresses, don't you?
Charley: Yeah, I guess.
Ray: The best women... have all been waitresses at some point. So, what have you learned?
Charley: ...
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A life of some stability
3 May 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If anyone sees an advertisement for Lean On Pete and thinks they're going to see some boy and a horse story like TV's Fury or National Velvet put that out of your mind. This is a touching story about a kid growing up in the Pacific Northwest with a single father who gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and it's filled with pathos and tragedy.

Charlie Plummer gives a beautiful performance as the sensitive 15 year old who gets a job with Steve Buscemi a horse trainer who has seen better days. Buscemi is working the quarter horse county fair circuit and he has a couple of horses who also have seen better days.

Buscemi makes it clear from the gitgo that this is a business for him and jockey Chloe Sevigny tries to give him good advice that this is a business and not to get attached to the horses and think of them as pets. But Buscemi's horse named Lean On Pete gets attached to young Plummer and vice versa. He steals the horse to prevent him from a final trip to the glue factory. It's quite the odyssey the boy and horse have.

The vistas of the Pacific Northwest are beautifully captured and the casting is exquisitely perfect in the role. But in a carefully controlled and beautiful performance Charlie Plummer conveys so much emotion. All he wants is a life of some stability and something or someone to love. Simple things a lot of us take for granted and some of us are cursed never to have.

Lean On Pete is a real sleeper of a movie and should have gotten more recognition than it did. I defy anyone to watch this and have a dry eye when finished. Simple and hauntingly beautiful.


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