Lean on Pete (15)

Lean on Pete

From the archive

This film was last shown on 24 May 2018

A beautiful voyage of discovery across America, Lean on Pete is the story of a boy and his horse that sweeps across rundown racetracks, hostile city streets and vast open prairies to tell a wider tale of life in modern America. Based on Willy Vlautin’s acclaimed novel, 15-year-old Charley arrives on the edges of Portland, Oregon with his single father - both eager for a fresh start after a series of hard knocks. While Ray descends into personal turmoil, Charley stumbles on a local racetrack where he lands a job with gruff trainer Del caring for an ageing quarter horse called Lean on Pete. When Del earmarks Lean on Pete for the slaughterhouse, Charley is driven to extreme measures to spare his new friend’s life and search for a new home. Adventure and heartbreak aplenty - a dusty and dazzling American dream.


Andrew Haigh
122 mins
Charlie Plummer, Chloe Sevigny, Travis Fimmel


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