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All the Pretty Horses (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance, Western  |  25 December 2000 (USA)
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Two Texas cowboys head to Mexico in search of work, but soon find themselves in trouble with the law after one of them falls in love with a wealthy rancher's daughter.

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Don Hector de la Rocha y Villarreal
Elizabeth Ibarra ...
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Doña Alfonsa (as Miriam Colón)
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Two young Texas cowboys on the cusp of manhood ride into 1940's Mexico in search of experience. What they find is a country as chaotic as it is beautiful, as cruel and unfeeling as it is mysterious, where death is a constant, capricious companion. Written by Richard Foxx <spiritranch@earthlink.net>

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Some passions can never be tamed.

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Rated PG-13 for violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,860,556 (USA) (29 December 2000)

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ESP 108,589,809 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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At the end, when John Grady Cole is riding into Lacey's ranch, we first see him galloping across the field, with the two horses running free on either side of him. After the camera breaks and comes back to John talking to Lacey, both horses have bridles on and John is holding onto them. See more »

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[first lines]
John Grady Cole: You ever think about dyin'?
Lacey: Yeah. You?
John Grady Cole: Yeah.
Lacey: So, you think there's a heaven?
John Grady Cole: Yeah. Don't you?
Lacey: I don't know. Yeah, maybe. You think you can believe there's a heaven if you don't believe in hell?
John Grady Cole: I guess you can believe what you want to.
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In the opening credits, the Columbia Pictures emblem is not the 2000 one. Instead, it is the circa 1949 version with the woman holding the torch. This is what would have been used at the time the story is set. See more »

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Excellent Storytelling, Beautifully Filmed
25 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent, epic western saga about two Texans who wind up in Mexico and all the trials and tribulations they go through, most of which are fascinating. I've watched this film several times and it gets better and better with each viewing. The acting, storytelling and magnificent photography all made it a treasure of a film....and a very underrated movie. It's easy to get very involved in this haunting tale.

Those two lead guys are played by Matt Damon ("John Grady Cole") and Henry Thomas ("Lacey Rawlins.") Along the way they are joined by the most interesting character of all of them: "Jimmy Blevins," played by Lucas Black. Jimmy is a nice kid but he's big-time trouble. His haunting face in his last scene is memorable.

Penelope Cruz is the attractive love interest, surrounded by a protective Mexican family. That family, mainly a father and aunt, were really enjoyable to watch, too, and I wish they had bigger roles in here.

Not only is the acting good and photography stunning, the soundtrack with Spanish music is outstanding. I've read they actually filmed this for a four- hour movie. Man, I'd love to see that.

The only things I didn't care for were Thomas' blasphemous mouth and a couple of unpleasant scenes where the innocent lead characters are accused of things they didn't do and suffer because of it.

This really isn't an action movie, but much more of a drama and it's excellent storytelling. It also has narration from Damon, who is good at that sort of thing. It's just a powerful movie with a lot of good things to offer. If you like good stories, don't pass this up.


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