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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

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief violence | See all certifications »
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Details

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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BFI Film Fund,Film4,The Bureau See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Chloë Sevigny revealed that she was originally approached to play Charley's aunt, but her agent fought for her to play Bonnie because the latter character is a larger role with "more [for Sevigny] to sink her teeth into." 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

Del: Hey, what are you doing?
Charley: Me?
Del: Yeah, there's no one else here.
Charley: I was just running.
Del: Are you strong?
Charley: I don't know.
Del: Come here.
Del: You know what time it is?
Charley: It's about seven.
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"Lean On Pete" is bound to break your heart
7 May 2018 | by Paul AllaerSee all my reviews

"Lean On Pete" (2017 release from the UK; 121 min.) brings the story of Charley. As the movie opens, 16 yr. old Charley, who lives with his dad in Portland, Oregon, is doing his morning jog, passing Portland Downs. Although Charley doesn't have any prior experience, he is drawn to the wold of horses. By happenstance, Charley gets an opportunity to assist Del, a veteran in the horse racing business. One of the horses Del has is called Lean On Pete. Then one evening, Charley's dad is wounded critically in a fight (we're not sure what the fight is actually about), At this point we are 10 min. into the movie but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out,

Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from British writer-director Andrew Haigh, whose previous film was the equally excellent "45 Years". Here, he brings the novel of the same name by Willy Vlautin to the big screen. I have not read the book, so I cannot comment to what extent (if any) the movie diverges plot-wise from the original book. As for the movie itself, I need to be quite careful as this is a plot-heavy movie. All I will say is that if you think the movie is mostly about the bond that grows between Charley and the horse, you are quite wrong. Rapidly up-and-coming Charlie Plummer (he played the kidnapped Getty in the recent "All The Money In the World") carries the movie on his young shoulders (he is in virtually every frame of the movie). Steve Buscemi is solid as Del, and Chloe Sevigny has a small role as Del's unsentimental jockey Bonnie.("they're not pets, Charley, they're just race horses"). The movie's wide open photography is eye-candy from start to finish. But in the end, this is all about Charley's story, and simple at that level, "Lean On Pete" is bound to break your heart, as you ache for Charley in his quest for a better future.

"Lean On Pete" premiered at last Fall's Venice Film Festival to immediate critical acclaim (with Plummer winning "Best Young Actor"), and it recently opened at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. The Sunday early evening screening where I saw this at was not attended well (5 people, including myself), although I'm guessing the 75 degree weather had something to do with that. Or it may be that hopefully this movie will find a wider audience on other platforms beyond the movie theater. Regardless, if you are in the mood for an excellent character study of a young man in search of a better life, I'd readily recommend you seek this out, be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion.


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