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All the Pretty Horses (2000)

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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.



(novel), (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
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 <spiritranch@earthlink.net>

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Some passions can never be tamed.


Drama | Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Espíritu salvaje  »

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Box Office


$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,304,971, 25 December 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,540,353, 31 December 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,133,495, 31 December 2001
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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leonardo DiCaprio was considered for the role of John Grady Cole. It was reported at the time that DiCaprio was dragging his feet in committing to the film. The producers decided not to wait around for his decision and ultimately cast Matt Damon. See more »


When the three cowboys cross the Rio Grande, their left-to-right order on the screen is Cole, Blevins, Rawlins. Then when the camera returns to them a moment later, it is Blevins, Cole, Rawlins. 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 »


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12 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

I really wanted to love this film and from the opening scenes to the last third I really did like this film. I love surreal films as much as the next guy, but this film seems like it was made by Oliver Stone on Valium. The film is really slow, now that can be a good thing, but in this case the pace just keeps getting slower and slower. I heard that Thornton's original cut ran almost four hours, it seems that the film has a whole other film missing from it. I didn't read the novel and I'm guessing that I should have read the novel because I couldn't figure this film out for the life of me. When it was all over I felt empty. The performances are all great, I especially liked Lucas Black in the role of Blevins. Matt Damon and Henry Thomas are both very good in their roles and this is first movie Penelope Cruz has appeared in where I could see that she has real talent and isn't just another pretty face. I loved the cinematography, the outdoor landscapes were beautiful. The film has all the flavor and no real substance. I am torn with this film, I wanted to love it so bad. Even great film makers slip every now and then.

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