UCR ARTS has a new website! Please visit us at https://ucrarts.ucr.edu This site is archived and will no longer be updated as of 2/22/22.

Lean on Pete

Directed by: Andrew Haigh

2018 | USA | 121 minutes


Friday, September 28, 2018, 7pm


Saturday, September 29, 2018, 3pm


Saturday, September 29, 2018, 7pm

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.

"In the hands of British filmmaker Andrew Haigh, this tale of a troubled teen (an extraordinary Charlie Plummer) bonding with a horse becomes a heartbreaking look at a marginalized America." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone 

"A very fine movie that I haven't stopped thinking about since I saw it, partly because stories about forgotten and mistreated children tend to be reserved for documentaries and foreign-language art cinema." - Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Golden Lion Nominee, Venice Film Festival 2018

Events in Focus