Starring: Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Lesley Manville, Will Brittain, Jeffrey Donovan, Kayli Carter, Booboo Stewart

OUR RATING: ★★★★☆

Story:

Drama written and directed by Thomas Bezucha. The story follows retired sheriff George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife Margaret (Diane Lane), who after the loss of their son, leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas, headed by matriarch Blanche Weboy (Lesley Manville). When they discover the Weboys have no intention of letting the child go, George and Margaret are left with no choice but to fight for their family.

 

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'Sometimes that's all life is. A list of what we've lost.' - George Blackledge (Let Him Go) Click To Tweet

 

Best Quotes


 

George Blackledge: [referring to their grandson, Jimmy] He isn’t far. Just in town.
Margaret Blackledge: He isn’t here.


 

Margaret Blackledge: I’m going to get Jimmy. Bring him home to live with us.
George Blackledge: Well, you sure packed for a trip into town.


 

George Blackledge: [referring to seeing Donnie hit Lorna] I’m asking if you’re sure of what you saw.
Margaret Blackledge: I saw exactly what I’ve always felt about Donnie Weboy. What you felt too, whether anyone will ever get you to admit it or not. And I saw that girl can’t protect her child.
George Blackledge: And on that account, you expect she’s, what, just going to hand him over to you? Is that what you see happening?


 

George Blackledge: And when Lorna says no? Margaret, Jimmy’s her boy.
Margaret Blackledge: He’s your grandson, George Blackledge.
George Blackledge: And your plan for finding them?
Margaret Blackledge: Donnie’s from somewhere in North Dakota. I’ll find them. You ought to know me well enough by now.
George Blackledge: Oh, yeah. I do.


 

Margaret Blackledge: I won’t be coming back here without him.
George Blackledge: Nope. And you’re going with me or without me?
Margaret Blackledge: That’s your choice.


 

Margaret Blackledge: You’re not coming?
George Blackledge: I’m turning off the water. Don’t want to come home to busted pipes.


 

George Blackledge: [referring to visiting their son’s grave] You don’t know when you’ll be back.
Margaret Blackledge: I don’t need reminding. I know what I’ve lost.
George Blackledge: Sometimes that’s all life is, Margaret. A list of what we’ve lost.


 

George Blackledge: We’re trying to locate a Donnie Weboy. He’s got family over in North Dakota.
Sheriff Nevelson: I know the name. Not Donnie. But Weboy, sure.
George Blackledge: Well, he married our son’s widow. Got our grandson with them. Boy’s only three. We just want to know where they are, make sure they’re safe.


 

Margaret Blackledge: [while eating at the diner] How’s that pot roast?
George Blackledge: Yours is better.
Margaret Blackledge: You’re just used to mine.


 

Margaret Blackledge: [as George buys a bottle of whiskey] Happy?
George Blackledge: Happy not to hear a lecture.


 

George Blackledge: [referring to the gun] You thought you’d need it?
Margaret Blackledge: I didn’t want to find out I did and not have it.
George Blackledge: Christ, Margaret. Was this going to be part of your argument?
Margaret Blackledge: George, I would never…
George Blackledge: It’s got bullets in it.


 

Margaret Blackledge: We’re also hoping you might recommend a hotel in town for the night. Any place clean.
Sheriff Nevelson: Well, if clean’s the priority, my Sally keeps the jail here. Cells are empty. And we got fresh sheets. Not sure what feelings you got on it.
Margaret Blackledge: We’d be right at home.


 

Sheriff Nevelson: You think they’re trying to run?
George Blackledge: No, not that I know. But they did take off in a hurry. Forgot to say goodbye. I’m just looking to give her that. Let her say goodbye.


 

George Blackledge: [referring to the preacher on the radio] Turn it back on if you want.
Margaret Blackledge: Sounds like your daddy. Thumping his Bible.
George Blackledge: Wasn’t just Bibles he thumped.


 

George Blackledge: Any idea who we might ask to find Donnie, if we went to Gladstone?
Tucker: You let it be known you’re looking for a Weboy, they’ll find you.


 

Margaret Blackledge: You’re with me on this, right?
George Blackledge: Who’s been doing the driving?
Margaret Blackledge: You could say you want him back. I haven’t heard that yet.
George Blackledge: We’re not young, Margaret.
Margaret Blackledge: Well, we’re not old.
George Blackledge: We’re not young.


 

Margaret Blackledge: You saying you don’t miss him?
George Blackledge: I’m saying that he’s not even in school yet. Hasn’t had measles or rode a bike. He’s young. And we’re not.


 

George Blackledge: And when you finally learn that what you want to make happen isn’t going to happen, what then, Margaret Meloy?
Margaret Blackledge: Well, then I suppose I’ll learn what I’ve never been able to. Isn’t that what you’ve always told me? Over and over. That I don’t know when it’s time to call it quits.
George Blackledge: And I’ll be the one gets the job of picking up those pieces, huh?


 

Peter Dragswolf: [referring to Margaret as she rides his horse] Maybe the horse belongs to her.
George Blackledge: Near about every horse does.


 

Margaret Blackledge: [to Peter] I used to ride.
George Blackledge: She’s being modest with you.
Margaret Blackledge: I used to break horses. With our son. James. Then he died. And I guess I lost my appetite for it. I haven’t kept animals in quite a while. It’s nice to spend some time with a sweet one like yours.


 

George Blackledge: Where were you before?
Peter Dragswolf: Indian school, sir.
George Blackledge: You don’t have to call me “sir”. “George” will do the job.
Margaret Blackledge: You finished that school? How old are you?
Peter Dragswolf: I don’t bother anybody. You know, if somebody comes for the horse, they can have him back. The skins I sell, those animals I catch. The fish are free, and I don’t steal. I mind my own business.


 

George Blackledge: [referring to Jimmy] He’s with a man named Donnie Weboy. You ever heard of him?
Peter Dragswolf: No. No, but if you’re looking in Gladstone, look for Bill Weboy.
George Blackledge: You think he’d help us?
Peter Dragswolf: Help, maybe. But go careful.


 

Margaret Blackledge: If you’re a Weboy, we’re family, after a fashion.
Bill Weboy: How do you figure that? Bill Weboy. A cousin, are you?
Margaret Blackledge: Oh. Could be, but probably not exactly. Our former daughter-in-law married a Donnie Weboy. He’s stepdad to our grandson now. That’s pretty tangled up, isn’t it?
Bill Weboy: Family usually is.


 

Margaret Blackledge: We thought we’d pay a visit, see our grandson Jimmy, since we’re in the neighborhood.
Bill Weboy: Since you’re in the neighborhood.


 

Margaret Blackledge: You heard we were coming, did you?
Bill Weboy: I did. I did. A little birdie flew over here ahead of you. Cheep, cheep, cheep…
George Blackledge: Are they here or not?
Bill Weboy: Is he always like that, in a big old hurry?
Margaret Blackledge: My husband likes to get down to business.
Bill Weboy: Hell of a lot of men are like that. Can’t wait to get where they’re going. Women, in my experience, would as soon take their time. Enjoy the ride, so to speak.


 

George Blackledge: [referring to Bill] You don’t want this man’s help.
Margaret Blackledge: We can’t do this on our own.


 

Bill Weboy: [invites George and Margaret to the Weboy ranch] My sister-in-law wants to meet you. She wants to swap some old grandpa and grandma stories. And between you and me, she’s a hell of a cook.


 

Bill Weboy: [as George is following them in his truck to the Weboy ranch] Pretty bird, that old jalopy won’t have trouble keeping up, will it?
Margaret Blackledge: You’re looking in the mirror often enough. You can see where he is.
Bill Weboy: I guess he just don’t want you to get too far out of his sight. Which I understand.


 

Bill Weboy: You strike me as the kind of woman men are always asking permission of.
Margaret Blackledge: An expert, are you?
Bill Weboy: I’ve been around more than a few women who want men to ask before drawing a breath.


 

Margaret Blackledge: How much further is it?
Bill Weboy: Uh, “Farther”. “How much farther is it?” Or do you mean how much more of me do you have to put up with?


 

Bill Weboy: You know, Donnie never asked me for a word of advice in his life.
Margaret Blackledge: You don’t say.
Bill Weboy: And if he had, I would’ve told him to do exactly what he’s done. “Marry yourself a widow, Donnie. You’ll be getting a grateful woman.”


 

Blanche Weboy: [after she’s told them about her family] I suppose you could tell a story not a hell of a lot different, am I right? About family, hardships, sacrifice, blood.


 

George Blackledge: We came to see our grandson.
Blanche Weboy: You mean you didn’t come here to eat my pork chops?
[the Weboys laugh]
George Blackledge: If you brought us all the way out here for the sake of a joke…
Blanche Weboy: Lorna said you were rough bark. And I can see already you’re no day at the races. No, ma’am.


 

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