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The Rider (2017)

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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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Chloé Zhao

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Chloé Zhao
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brady Jandreau ... Brady Blackburn
Mooney Mooney ... Gus
Tim Jandreau ... Wayne Blackburn
Lilly Jandreau ... Lilly Blackburn
Leroy Pourier Leroy Pourier ... Frank
Cat Clifford ... Cat Clifford
Tanner Langdeau Tanner Langdeau ... Tanner Langdeau
James Calhoon James Calhoon ... James Calhoon
Lane Scott ... Lane Scott
Cameron Wright Cameron Wright ... Rodeo Cowboy #1
Jordon Slick Phelps Jordon Slick Phelps ... Rodeo Cowboy #2
Donnie Whirlwind Horse Donnie Whirlwind Horse ... Rodeo Cowboy #3
Terri Dawn Pourier ... Terri Dawn (as Terri Dawn Landreau)
Allen Reddy Allen Reddy ... Bill (as Alan Reddy)
Greg Barber Greg Barber ... Bar Owner
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Based on the true life story of America's first black U.S. Deputy Marshal who helped with the settlement of the Oklahoma Territory and other lawless lands west of the Mississippi.

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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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Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Brady Blackburn: You know, Lilly, I believe God gives each of us a purpose.
Lilly Blackburn: Very true.
Brady Blackburn: To the horse, it's to run across the prairie. For a cowboy, it's to ride.
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Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Movies of 2018 (So Far) (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Rank Riders Anthem
Performed by Luke Kaufman
Written by Dugagjin Bakali, Luke Kaufman
Courtesy of Ledfurd Records
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Great movie. Powerful.
20 June 2018 | by MarlonBrando0110See all my reviews

Saw this at Sundance. Great film. None of the people in the film are actors. It aids in the realism but also is a testament to the director's ability. This is a subtle, emotionally impactful experience. By the end of it your heart breaks but is also hopeful. Good story of friendship and also coming to grips with not being able to do what you truly love to do. How does one make life meaningful?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Sioux

Release Date:

13 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rider See more »

Filming Locations:

Badlands, South Dakota, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,244, 15 April 2018

Gross USA:

$2,419,031

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,434,963
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Company Credits

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Caviar, Highwayman Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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