The Peanut Butter Falcon

Zak runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true.

The Peanut Butter Falcon
United States 2019
  • Czech
93 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.

Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from the nursing home where he lives to pursue his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and attending a wrestling school. Through circumstances beyond their control, a small-time outlaw also on the run becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor, a kind nursing home employee with a story of her own, to join them on their journey.

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Director: Mike Schwartz, Tyler Nilson
Screenplay: Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz
Cinematography: Nigel Bluck
Music: Zachary Dawes, Noam Pikelny, Jonathan Sadoff, Gabe Witcher
Sound: Jason Dotts, Andy Koyama, Trevor Gates
Editing: Nat Fuller, Kevin Tent
Production Design: Gabrael Wilson
Producer: Albert Berger, Christopher Lemole, Lije Sarki, David Thies, Ron Yerxa
Costumes: Melissa Walker
Cast: Zack Gottsagen, Ann Pierce, Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, Shia LaBeouf, Thomas Haden Church, Rob Thomas, Jon Bernthal, Tim Zajaros, John Hawkes

Palm Springs International Film Festival

2020 – Zack Gottsagen (Actor Rising Star)

SXSW Film Festival

2019 – Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz (Audience Award – Narrative Spotlight)

SXSW Film Festival

2019 – Tim Zajaros, Christopher Lemole (Audience Award – Narrative Spotlight)

  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia, Slovakia.