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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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Opening Weekend USA:

$42,244, 15 April 2018, Limited Release

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$1,104,525, 20 May 2018
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Mixed Feelings
10 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

I'm giving this film a 7 because it is so well done and unusual in its use of nonprofessional actors essentially playing themselves. In terms of entertainment or deep meaning, I would probably give this film a 6 or less.

I have ridden horses on an amateur level and briefly taught riding (English style). I did not identify with this at all as a riding movie. Rodeo trick riding and bronco busting are not only dangerous, which is the message of this film, but also abusive to animals, an aspect this film avoids. I don't think this is a movie for horse lovers.

I think we were supposed to come away from this film with an appreciation of the American West or something. In reality rodeos are entertainment and real cowboys did/do real work of herding cattle etc. I felt sorry for several of the characters, but I also saw them as macho types who make poor decisions. In some cases their decisions show a lack of regard for those close to them.

The movie is slow-moving and I wasn't sure what to make of the ending.


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