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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 ... 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

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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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

-It was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress by Charlie Plummer. 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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Powerful and moving coming of age / contemporary western
8 May 2018 | by trpuk1968See all my reviews

Can't add much to the comprehensive and excellent reviews here but things I enjoyed about this movie were:

Charlie Plummer holds the entire film and conveys a vulnerability, naivete which carries you along throughout. I genuinely had no idea where the movie was going and was enthralled throughout the two hour run time. This young man has serious star quality, he conveys a range of complex emotions through facial expressions, body language that pulls you in to his interior world and has you empathising with him. If you're at all sensitive to films, you'll likely need some kleenex while you're watching.

I loved the setting, the pacific north west, American rural underclass. People are shaped by their environment, the film is humane and non judgemental towards people whose character, whose choices and opportunities in life are determined and constrained by their circumstances. This is a movie for all those who've been left behind, forgotten about.

There's no incidental music, for me the sign of a superb film. I don't need an intrusive, corny music score coming in at crucial moments to remind me what to think and feel.

Like I say, can't add much to what's already said but I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing film, a piece of quality drama.


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