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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.

Director:

Andrew Haigh

Writers:

Andrew Haigh, Willy Vlautin (based on the novel by)
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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 ... 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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Taglines:

You Can't Get Anywhere On Your Own

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Director Andrew Haigh has referred to Steve Buscemi and Chloë Sevigny as "the king and queen of American independent cinema," respectively. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Features Ice Castles (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Quiero Ser
Performed by Vic De Leon
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
Written by Danny Osuna
Published by Vision Spin Music, Music Expressions
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Not as good as Haigh's previous work
10 May 2018 | by BertautSee all my reviews

15-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) lives with his father, Ray (Travis Fimmel), who is drinking himself into an early grave. Finding work caring for an aging race horse named Lean on Pete, Charley is devastated when he learns that Pete's owner, Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi), is planning to slaughter the animal. Determined to save his friend, Charley steals Pete, and the two set out on an odyssey across the modern American frontier.

Fans of writer/director Andrew Haigh will know his unassailable talent for what one might label unsentimental emotionalism; his films deal with intensely emotional situations without lapsing into Speilbergian fawnishness. And, although compared to the excellent Weekend (2011), and the masterful 45 Years (2015), Lean on Pete is a touch melodramatic, Haigh's talent for allowing character and theme to rise organically to the surface through quiet moments of introspection is still very much to the fore. So why not a higher score? Adapted from Willy Vlautin's 2010 novel of the same name, the biggest problem with the film is that things are laid on too thick; Charley is very much a Job figure, and suffers such a litany of misfortunes that one fully expects him to be diagnosed with terminal cancer. Similarly, the pseudo-allegorical nature of the characters he encounters is too on-the-nose for the realistic milieu Haigh has crafted. Part state-of-the-nation address, part bildungsroman, it's worth a look, but is ultimately lacking a satisfying thematic through-line.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

6 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Burns, Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,975, 8 April 2018

Gross USA:

$1,163,056

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,443,584
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1.85 : 1
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