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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejandra Villarreal
Angelina Torres ...
Luisa (as Angelina C. Torres)
J.D. Young ...
J.C. Franklin
Yvette Diaz ...
Imelda Colindres ...
Girl's Mom
Augustin Solis ...
Manuel (as Agustin Solis)
Don Hector de la Rocha y Villarreal
Elizabeth Ibarra ...
Doña Alfonsa (as Miriam Colón)


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 <>

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Some passions can never be tamed.


Drama | Romance | Western

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De si jolis chevaux  »

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$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ESP 108,589,809 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Did You Know?


Nick Stahl read for the lead role. He told Movieline magazine that losing the part to Matt Damon hurt him very much. See more »


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 »


[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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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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Might have been a masterpiece
25 December 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

ALL THE PRETTY HORSES is quite effective, though there are some serious gaping holes in the story. The story and characters insist that John Cole and Alejandra have fallen in love; we only get to see a swift montage of sex-making, which is not the same thing at all. Damon made me believe that John was in love through the sheer force of his acting, but the audience needed to be courted along in this romance. Also, Lacey Rawlins at one point crucially (suicidally?) antagonizes a fellow in prison, and we have no idea what bad blood has been brewing between these two.

There are stories about how Thornton's film was first cut at four hours, then the director agreed to deliver a three hour version. The financing studio balked at the length and sold it off to Miramax, who contractually required a cut no longer than two and a quarter hours. What is left runs 117 minutes. What happened? Twenty minutes would have certainly helped smooth out the few rough spots, and a two-and-a-half hour or three hour movie might have been some sort of masterpiece. As it is, some of the epic sweep is contained and the film remains remarkably moving, but may wind up ultimately not finding its commercial or artistic audience because of the compromises. A shame.

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