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Let Him Go (2020)

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A retired sheriff and his wife, grieving over the death of their son, set out to find their only grandson.


Thomas Bezucha


Thomas Bezucha (written for the screen by), Larry Watson (based on the novel by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Lane ... Margaret Blackledge
Kevin Costner ... George Blackledge
Kayli Carter ... Lorna Blackledge
Ryan Bruce ... James Blackledge
Otto Hornung Otto Hornung ... Jimmy Blackledge
Bram Hornung Bram Hornung ... Jimmy Blackledge
Lesley Manville ... Blanche Weboy
Will Brittain ... Donnie Weboy (as William Brittain)
Jeffrey Donovan ... Bill Weboy
Connor Mackay ... Elton Weboy
Adam Stafford ... Marvin Weboy
Booboo Stewart ... Peter Dragswolf
Greg Lawson ... Gladstone Sheriff
Bradley Stryker ... Sheriff Nevelson
Will Hochman ... A Tucker


A retired sheriff and his wife, grieving over the death of their son, set out to find their only grandson.

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Fight For Family


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Larry Watson's novel is set in 1951, and the couple lives in North Dakota and travels to Montana. The movie is set in 1963, and they live in Montana and travel to North Dakota. See more »


When Margaret is riding with Bill in his truck, she rolls down her window as he lights up a cigar. In the next shot her window is up, and in a subsequent shot it is back down. See more »


Margaret Blackledge: I know what I've lost.
George Blackledge: Sometimes that's all life is, Margaret. The list of what we've lost.
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Goodbye Mr. Love
Written by Billy Byrd, Warren Smith
Performed by Warren Smith
Courtesy of Sun Records
By arrangement with Sugaroo!
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An modern gothic western set in the 50's with top performances.
8 November 2020 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

Let Him Go is a western-gothic crime thriller with a North Western setting and some resemblance to vintage oaters like The Searchers. The search has elemental film roots with mental and physical violence enhanced by Leslie Manville as a bad grandma and her wicked sons.

It's fun to see the bad guys get roughed up. It's also satisfying to see the searching-for-family motif of contemporary super-hero films played out in the Western plains even if it was filmed in Calgary. The craggy mountains and little towns complement the late fifties setting when love and crime occur in simple but stark ways.

Retired Montana Sheriff George (Kevin Costner) and his wife, Margaret (Diane Lane), search for their grandson, Jimmy (Bram Hornung and Otto Hornung) after the death of their son, James (Ryan Bruce). Former daughter in law Lorna (Kavli Carter) has left abruptly with new husband, Donny Weboy (Will Britain), and grandson, relocating under duress to North Dakota and his family- Weboy territory where matriarch Blanche (Manville) wields absolute power. Very bad move. The chase begins.

Lane and Costner are in top-aging form, tough and tenderhearted enough to fight the Weboy clan for the grandson. This is a different, more nuanced role for them when they were Superman's parents. Let Him Go adds an authenticity to the thriller formula by emphasizing the devotion of the loving couple to each other and their quest to keep the family whole, or at least provide a fitting family life for their grandson.

The usual Western tropes apply like the corrupt sheriff, bad grandma and sons, the kind stranger, the tough mother, and the epic ending battle. What goes beyond the formula is the sincere love propelling the plot and corralling our hearts. And, of course, the fully-seasoned Lane and Costner.

Let Him Go is much more than the genre it represents.

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Release Date:

6 November 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Didsbury, Alberta, Canada See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,000,470, 8 November 2020

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mazur / Kaplan Company See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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