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FILM OPENS: April 27, 2018

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From acclaimed filmmaker Andrew Haigh (Weekend; 45 Years), and based on the beloved novel by Willy Vlautin, comes Lean on Pete—a deeply moving story about love, loneliness, family, and friendship, told through the unique prism of one boy’s connection to a very special racehorse. 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. Charley and Pete head out into the great unknown, embarking on an odyssey across the new American frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. They experience adventure and heartbreak in equal measure, but never lose their irrepressible hope and resiliency as they pursue their dream of finding a place they can call home.

  • Director: Andrew Haigh
  • Country: UK
  • Genre: Adventure | Drama
  • Year: 2018
  • Run Time: 02:01:00
  • imdb Score: 7.4/10 (1,060 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: R
  • Cast: Travis Fimmel, Chloë Sevigny, Charlie Plummer
"Again and again, I marveled at the humanist depth of the world Haigh creates, one that can only be rendered by a truly great writer and director, working near the top of his game."
Brian Tallerico - ROGEREBERT.COM

"LEAN ON PETE is a small gem that covers a vast amount of territory."
David Ehrlich - INDIEWIRE

"An unvarnished neorealist trudge, LEAN ON PETE unfolds unsparingly and unsentimentally. "
A.A. Dowd - THE A.V. CLUB


Venice Film Festival 2017
Best Young Actor or Actress

Les Arcs European Film Festival 2017
Best Actor Prize, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score and Crystal Arrow

Int'l Cinephile Society Awards 2017
Best Picture

Heartland Film 2018
Truly Moving Picture Award


Telluride Film Festival 2017

Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2017

London Film Festival 2017

Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival 2017

Los Cabos Int'l Film Festival 2017

Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival 2018

Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam 2018

Luxembourg City Film Festival 2018

Belgrade Film Festival 2018

Jameson Dublin Int'l Film Festival 2018

Portland Int'l Film Festival 2018

South by Southwest Film Festival 2018