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The Rider (2017)

R | | Drama | 13 April 2018 (USA)
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After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

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Credited cast:
... Brady Blackburn
Tim Jandreau ... Wayne Blackburn
Lilly Jandreau ... Lilly Blackburn
... Cat Clifford
Terri Dawn Pourier ... Terri Dawn Pourier
Lane Scott ... Lane Scott
Tanner Langdeau ... Tanner Langdeau
James Calhoon ... James Calhoon
Derrick Janis ... Victor Chasing Hawk
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Greg Barber ... Bar Owner
Marshal Byrne
Steven DeWolfe ... Fourth Rodeo Cowboy
Kevin Hunter
Leroy Pourier ... Frank
Allen Reddy
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Brady Blackburn, a rodeo bronc rider with some renown, learned everything he knows about horses and riding from his parents, Wayne and the now deceased Mari Blackburn. Brady is recovering from a fall off a bronking horse in a rodeo, the most serious of the injuries being a skull fracture which required a metal plate being inserted into his head. Including checking himself out of the hospital earlier than advised, Brady is determined to get back up onto the literal and proverbial horse as quickly as possible as being a cowboy is all he knows. But deep in his heart he knows that returning to the rodeo in particular is something that is probably not in the cards without increased risks, which is eventually confirmed by his doctor who tells him that he cannot sustain another serious head injury without some major consequence. He does not even want his friends and family to treat him with kid gloves in being able to do any of those physical activities which are part and parcel for him of ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »
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$42,244, 15 April 2018, Limited Release

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$942,314, 17 May 2018
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The character Brady Blackburn is based on actor Brady Jandreau, who suffered the kind of head injury shown in the film after a fall from a horse. See more »

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Authentic and Heart-rending
11 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

The joy of doing what you love burns away any pain. For Brady, a rodeo rider who just emerged from a coma, the joy and pain come in equal measure. Brady is told not to ride again. "Play the cards you are dealt," says his father "let it go." Yet Brady's purpose in life is hitched to riding horses. Also, living in a trailer and eating rabbit soup is not the stuff of champions. In the starlight, around a campfire with friends, listening to his little sister sing simple yet beautiful songs, and in dreams, Brady ponders his next moves.

This authentic and heart-rending film integrates the real lives of the actors into the story. It is balanced in its portrayal and rightly does not cast judgment. The cinematography is up close and intimate so that emotions are revealed in faces and eyes (horse and human) as much as words. While the director, actors and horses are just starting out in their film making careers and it shows, there is power and magic in how genuine they are in their portrayals. In a sense, they have been preparing for this film their entire lives. Human nature and the real West are on display here, and there is as much beauty in that as there is in the prairie sunrise. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival.


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