Lean On Pete

Lean On Pete

By Andrew Haigh

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2018-04-06
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2h 1min
  • Director: Andrew Haigh
  • iTunes Price: USD 12.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99


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 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 Quarterhorse 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. Featuring an incredible breakout turn by Charlie Plummer (The Dinner, King Jack, All The Money in the World) and memorable supporting work by indie stalwarts Buscemi, Sevigny and Steve Zahn, Lean on Pete is a compassionate and heartrending look at the desire for love, family, and acceptance that drives all of us.



  • Moving

    By No Arrogate
    I’m a huge racing fan so it was a tough one to watch but worth it. Charlie is an excellent young actor with a bright future ahead. Have some Kleenex handy.
  • A Must See

    By joe kidd
    Take the time, well written and acted movie. Great performance from Plummer.
  • Feel good movie

    By Udi
    The end is great. Acting is surprisingly good.
  • Raw and real

    By Jose64
    Plummer’s performance is stunning!
  • Tragic

    By KDWhit
    Welcome to despair = Not a feel good movie.