Lean on Pete

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United Kingdom | 2017 | 119 minutes | Andrew Haigh

Opens April 13, 2018

Writer/director Andrew Haigh (45 Years) brings his exquisite eye for life on the margins and an unfailing instinct for emotional honesty to the story of a teenager alone in the world who finds companionship and redemption in an aging quarter-horse.

Fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson (Charlie Plummer) arrives in Portland, Oregon with his single father Ray (Travis Fimmel), both of them eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack where he lands a job caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean On Pete. The horse's gruff owner Del Montgomery (Steve Buscemi) and his seasoned jockey Bonnie (Chloë Sevigny) help Charley fill the void of his father's absence-until he discovers that Pete is bound for slaughter, prompting him to take extreme measures to spare his new friend's life.

  • Director: Andrew Haigh
  • Principal Cast: Charlie Plummer, Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny, Travis Fimmel
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 119 minutes
  • Producer: Tristan Goligher
  • Screenplay: Andrew Haigh
  • Cinematographers: Magnus Nordenhof Jønck
  • Rating: R