Concrete Cowboy Film, wiki, release Date, Cast, Trailer, and Storyline

Concrete Cowboy

Concrete Cowboy Film

Concrete Cowboy is a 2020 American Western drama film directed by Ricky Staub and written by Staub and Dan Walser from a script by Staub and Walser. The film is based on Greg Neri’s novel Ghetto Cowboy, which was inspired by Philadelphia’s real urban African-American horseriding tradition, particularly the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club.

Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome, Byron Bowers, Lorraine Toussaint, and Clifford “Method Man” Smith are among the cast members. While the film is entirely made up, numerous real members of the Fletcher Street riding community appears as supporting characters who speak out about real-life challenges that the community encounters.

On September 13, 2020, Concrete Cowboy made its global premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and on April 2, 2021, it was digitally released on Netflix.

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Concrete Cowboy Film Release Date

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film was scheduled to have its international premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2020. On September 13, 2020, it had its global premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Netflix bought distribution rights to the film in October 2020, with a 2021 release date. It was revealed in March 2021 that the film would be released on April 2, 2021.

Concrete Cowboy Film  Storyline

Plot Summary  & Review

Cole, a fifteen-year-old from Detroit who is constantly in trouble at school, is sent to Philadelphia by his mother to live with his estranged father, Harp. She hurriedly drives away after dropping him off on Harp’s North Philadelphia block. Nessie, a neighbor, recognizes Cole and informs him that his father is at the stables.

Cole enters the house to find a horse standing in the living room, as well as an empty fridge and cupboards. He claims he’ll just be here for one night. When he tries to phone his mother the next day, he meets up with his elder cousin, Smush, who drives him around and buys him some food. The two spend the entire night out together. The next morning, when Smush drops Cole off at Harp’s, Harp refuses to let him in since Cole has been hanging out with Smush, a drug dealer. Cole refuses to follow Harp’s instructions and storms away, asking other neighbors, including Nessie, if he may remain with them. No is always the answer. He finds himself crawling through a window, face to face with a horse. He is initially afraid, but he soon discovers that the horse has no intention of harming him.

Cole is found sleeping in the stall the next morning, with the horse standing close, by Nessie. He’s crept into her barn, and the horse he’s sleeping with, Boo, has a reputation for not letting anyone close him. He has eluded all attempts to tame him. In fact, it had the potential to kill him. Instead, it allowed him to spend the night with him in the stall.

Cole expresses his desire to learn to ride to the other riders but is told that he must first assist with the stable maintenance. He spends the day learning how to shovel dung efficiently under the guidance of Paris, a wheelchair-bound rider. Continuing to spend time at the stables, as well as in secret with Smush. Harp has a surprise in store for Paris, the wheelchair-bound cyclist. Paris’ saddle, which enables him to ride his horse.

Cole becomes irritated and returns to Harp’s. Harp discovers him there and the two get into an argument about how Harp loves everyone except him. Harp admits that he used to deal drugs and went to jail before Cole was born. Harp tells Cole that he named him after jazz singer John Coltrane, a fellow Philadelphian who grew up without a father because he wanted his son to have the same opportunities he did.

Smush used to be a rider as well, but he turned to drug peddling to save money for a ranch in the West. Boo gets loose one night, and the riders track him down in a field. They round him, but Harp assures Cole that he is the only person who can calm Boo. Cole approaches slowly but manages to fling the reins over Boo and ride him.

Smush and Cole arrange a botched drug trade, and another dealer attempts to kidnap Smush. The cops approach and pursue Smush and Cole, but they manage to flee. Smush claims they’re close to having enough money to relocate to the West, but Cole claims he’s had enough of that life. Animal Control has come to the stables to seize all of the horses after neighbors complained. Cole calls Harp a coward for saying there’s nothing they can do. Cole tracks out Smush and the two go on yet another drug trade. Cole flees after Smush is shot.

Harp looks for Cole and eventually finds him in the stables. Cole’s hands are stained with blood, and he tells him that Smush deserves a befitting memorial. They break into the municipal stables that night and free the horses. Cole lays Smush’s cowboy boots on his grave and then stands for the first time on the back of his horse as they ride gently through the neighborhood to the cemetery.

They all watch as the stables are demolished not long after, but Harp insists they’ll keep riding even if they don’t have stables. Harp thanks Cole’s mother for sending Cole to live with him when she returns to Philadelphia.

Concrete Cowboy Film Cast

  • Caleb McLaughlin as Cole
  • Idris Elba as Harp
  • Jharrel Jerome as Smush
  • Byron Bowers as Rome
  • Lorraine Toussaint as Nessie
  • Clifford “Method Man” Smith as Leroy
  • Ivannah-Mercedes as Esha
  • Devenie Young as Trena
  • Jamil Prattis as Paris

Concrete Cowboy Film wiki

  • Directed by Ricky Staub
  • Screenplay by
    Ricky Staub
    Dan Walser
  • Based on Ghetto Cowboy
    by Greg Neri
  • Produced by
    Idris Elba
    Tucker Tooley
    Lee Daniels
    Jeff Waxman
    Dan Walser
  • Starring
    Idris Elba
    Caleb McLaughlin
    Jharrel Jerome
    Byron Bowers
    Lorraine Toussaint
    Clifford “Method Man” Smith
  • Cinematography Minka Farthing-Kohl
  • Edited by Luke Ciarrocchi
  • Music by Kevin Matley
  • Production companies
    Tucker Tooley Entertainment
    Green Door Pictures
    Lee Daniels Entertainment
    Neighborhood Film Co.
  • Distributed by Netflix
  • Release date
    September 13, 2020 (TIFF)
    April 2, 2021 (United States)
  • Running time 111 minutes
  • Country United States
  • Language English
  • Budget ~$10 million

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