The Longest Ride

Synopsis: Based on the bestselling novel by master storyteller Nicholas Sparks, THE LONGEST RIDE centers on the star-crossed love affair between Luke, a former champion bull rider looking to make a comeback, and Sophia, a college student who is about to embark upon her dream job in New York City's art world. As conflicting paths and ideals test their relationship, Sophia and Luke make an unexpected and fateful connection with Ira, whose memories of his own decades-long romance with his beloved wife deeply inspire the young couple. Spanning generations and two intertwining love stories, THE LONGEST RIDE explores the challenges and infinite rewards of enduring love.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): George Tillman Jr.
Production: 20th Century Fox
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min


This is the one and only

PBR World Final!

Luke Collins is young, easy on the eyes,

and a magician on a bull.

But right now,

he's about to face his ultimate demon.

He is about to ride a bull

who needs no introduction.

This bull has 74 consecutive buck-offs.

Las Vegas,

you know who I'm talking about.

This is Rango!

And he is ready to rock and roll!

Let go!

Wait a minute!

Luke Collins is down.

Hey, do you guys know where Sophia is?

No, sorry.

Tell them to save our seats.

- Did you see Sophia?

- She's in her room studying.

But you're not gonna get her to go.

Hi, Marcia. Thanks for not disturbing.

I have a present for you.

Wait. You were serious?

Do I look serious?

No, you look ridiculous.

Come on, Soph. They're so much fun.

I can't. I have work to do.

It's second semester senior year.

Your grades are stellar.

You already have a job lined up

in New York.

An internship.

All of the work and none of the pay.

Half the house is going.

I don't see myself as a rodeo gal.

Fine. It's not the rodeo,

it's bull riding.

There's a difference.

You're missing the point.

Hot guys, I know.

No, not "hot guys."

The hottest guys you have ever seen.



But I'm not wearing those cowboy boots.

So, this is it?

Yeah, this is it.

"The toughest sport on dirt"!

Yeah, I need a hot cowboy.

Oh, my God!

What was that?

Look at that guy in the chute.

Fans, we're gonna go now

to the Ridin' Dirty bucking chute...

where we have got local hero Luke Collins

from Walkertown, North Carolina!

Go, Luke!

He's a three-time

PBR World Finals champion.

For over a year,

an injury has sidelined him.

But he's back.

Currently ranked 52nd in the world.

He has a long way to go.

You ready for this?

We'll see.

And today,

he will be riding Sweet Thang.

Let's go!

Yeah, go!

Ladies and gentlemen,

we have ourselves a champion.

Yeah! That's my boy!

I feel like I should stand!

Luke Collins now moves up...

to 48th in the world standings.


Keep it.

Work it, girl.

- It's so big on you.

- I know.

Nice riding, cowboy.

Of course, my grandma could have

made the eight on Sweet Thang.

It's good to have you back, Luke.

It was getting too easy without you.


Hey, buddy. I'll be right back.

Hey, Larry.

- Good to see you.

- Good to see you here.

Luke, hey, man. How are you doing?

Congratulations, man.

I know it feels good to get a win

under your belt, doesn't it?

- Sure does.

- Yeah.

Let me ask you.

You need to come visit us.

I wanna introduce you

to some good folks from PBR.

Important folk. Come get a beer.

You got it. I'll be right behind you.

Yes. Okay.

You had a good night.

But it's a long way back to the top.

I got a hat just like that.

Yeah. Sorry.

No, you hold on to it.

Looks better on you.

Like this?

May I?


- Yeah.

- Okay.




Nice to meet you, Sophia.

Can I get you a drink?

You were the big winner tonight, right?

I think I should be the one

buying you a beer.

Oh, no.

Doesn't work like that where I'm from.


You're buying.


- Hi!

- There you are.

I've been looking all over for you.

This is Marcia. She's my...


Sorority sister.

BFFs, if we're speaking technically.

You are gorgeous.

- Time to put you in a cab.

- What?

I just need everything

to stop spinning for a sec.

I'm gonna be sick.

- What?

- I think I'm gonna be sick.

- How sure?

- High 90s.

- Yeah. We got her.

- Okay.

I should take her home.

Yeah. Probably a good idea.

I would say that I'd call you...

but I have a feeling,

where you come from...

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Craig Bolotin

Craig Martin Bolotin is an American screenwriter and film director. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley where he studied philosophy and penned film reviews. He’s written and rewritten numerous screenplays (several unaccredited) for such directors as Ridley Scott and Francis Ford Coppola. After moving to Los Angeles, Bolotin wrote and directed the short film Sapphire Man starring Powers Boothe, which was selected to play at the Sundance Film Festival, and won the Special Gold Jury Award at the Houston International Film Festival. His screenwriting break came with his first uncredited rewrite for the critically acclaimed Desperately Seeking Susan, starring Rosanna Arquette and Madonna. The film was named one of the 10 best films of the year by The New York Times. Arquette was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a comedy. Shortly thereafter, Bolotin sold his first original screenplay, a comedy No Small Affair starring John Cryer. His next produced credit was Black Rain starring Michael Douglas and directed by Ridley Scott, which grossed over 140 million dollars. Bolotin then wrote the original screenplay Straight Talk, produced by Disney. He directed his first feature film for producer Arnon Milchan and Warner Brothers, That Night, starring Juliette Lewis. This was also the first feature film for actresses Eliza Dushku and Katherine Heigl. He then wrote and directed the original screenplay Light It Up with Forest Whittaker and Rosario Dawson, a story that shines a light on the plight of inner city school children. Bolotin wrote the script for The Longest Ride (2015), based on the novel of the same name for Fox 2000. He recently adapted Hilary Mantel's novel Eight Months on Ghazzah Street, which Michael Apted is attached to direct. more…

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