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The Rider

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Movie
2018
1h 43m
English
Drama
Once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, and a gifted horse trainer, young cowboy Brady is warned that his riding days are over after a horse crushed his skull at a rodeo. In an attempt to regain control of his own fate, Brady undertakes a search for a new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of the United States.
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Brady Jandreau
Brady Blackburn
Tim Jandreau
Wayne Blackburn
Lilly Jandreau
Lilly Blackburn
Cat Clifford
Cat Clifford
Terri Dawn Pourier
Terri Dawn Pourier
Lane Scott
Lane Scott
Tanner Langdeau
Tanner Langdeau
James Calhoon
James Calhoon
Derrick Janis
Victor Chasing Hawk
Greg Barber
Bar Owner
Steven DeWolfe
Fourth Rodeo Cowboy
Jordon Slick Phelps
Rodeo Cowboy #2
Donnie Whirlwind Horse
Rodeo Cowboy #3
Marshall Byrne
Bar Patron #2
Directed By: Chloé Zhao
Written By: Chloé Zhao

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Saint Pauly says...
4 years ago
Real people playing versions of themselves in a real story is what makes this art film stand out. A young and gifted rodeo star suffers a concussion and must face the reality of the situation with his hard drinking father and mentally challenged sister (who also play themselves in the film). As haunting as a lone cowboy's ghost on a long ride down a trail that leads nowhere. The amateurish acting is distracting and endearing. The landscapes are mundane and immense. The emotions are personal and universal. I left the cinema steeped in memories of moments I'd never lived, like carrying a tattered postcard from another life in the back pocket of my oldest pair of jeans.
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Xiofire says...
4 years ago
A slow burn tale of broken dreams and hunting for purpose, The Rider utilises real people combined with strong cinematography to make a truly unique, authentic drama.
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Narate says...
one year ago
>"I believe God gives each of us a purpose. To the horse, it's to run across the prairie. For a cowboy, it's to ride." This is a slow burn, but a good one. I highly recommend anyone watching this to look into how this film was made. A lot of it is based on the main actor’s real life (even the injury is real). Breaks my heart to see people lose the ability to do the one thing that makes them happy, and to be pressured by everyone to get back into it must make it even harder.
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Lee Brown Barrow says...
2 years ago
Broken dreams and broken hearts; a movie we can all relate to, even if we don't partake in Rodeo events for a living. A moving film, more so because the performers play themselves, or versions of their own personas.
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Keeper70
3 years ago
Director Chloe Zhao making the film over a short time period on a tight budget uses amateurs and non-actors throughout the film with Brady Jandreau and his family playing celluloid versions of themselves right down to the brain injury the real Brady suffered being part of this film’s narrative.

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smallclone
9/10  4 years ago
Where to start with The Rider……it’s good. It’s very good, but it is overly sentimental in parts. There are certain elements that just seem to be trying a little too hard to tweak emotions. But that’s the only bad thing I can say about it.

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Stephen Campbell
3 years ago
**_Honest, raw, and respectful_**

> _I never really had a choice to be a cowboy. It was just in my blood. It was the way my family lived; grew up on horses my whole life. I would ride a horse all by myself when I was about a year-and-a-half. I don't really know anything else. I wouldn't have it a More
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