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All the Pretty Horses -- This moving, rugged adventure combines drama, excitement and romance in an epic story of a young man's journey through love, longing, betrayal, loss and survival.
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Writers (WGA):
Cormac McCarthy (novel)
Ted Tally (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 December 2000 (USA) See more »
Some passions can never be tamed.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Matt Damon ... John Grady Cole

Henry Thomas ... Lacey Rawlins

Penélope Cruz ... Alejandra Villarreal
Angelina Torres ... Luisa (as Angelina C. Torres)
J.D. Young ... Grandfather

Laura Poe ... Mother

Sam Shepard ... J.C. Franklin

Robert Patrick ... Cole

Lucas Black ... Jimmy Blevins
Yvette Diaz ... Girl
Imelda Colindres ... Girl's Mom
Augustin Solis ... Manuel (as Agustin Solis)

Rubén Blades ... Don Hector de la Rocha y Villarreal
Elizabeth Ibarra ... Maria

Miriam Colon ... Doña Alfonsa (as Miriam Colón)
Lonnie Rodriguez ... Esteban
Raul Malo ... Singer
Fredrick Lopez ... Lieutenant (as Frederick Lopez)
Ferron Lucero Jr. ... Lieutenant's Man
Manuel Sanchez ... Lieutenant's Man
Katie Harro ... Mary Catherine
Denes Lujan ... Orlando
Leeann Lyons ... Mary Catherine's Friend

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Captain Raul
Edwin M. Figueroa ... Charro (as Edwin Figueroa)
Matthew E. Montoya ... Indian
Julian Prada ... Prison Singer
Roberto Enrique Pineda ... Doctor
Vincente Ramos ... Commandante
George R. Lopez ... Clapping Man

J.D. Garfield ... Carlos

Jo Harvey Allen ... Judge's Wife

Julio Cedillo ... Campesino (as Julio C. Cedillo)
Marc Miles ... Deputy Smith
Brian Orr ... Man at Car

Bruce Dern ... Judge

Daniel Lanois ... Singer

Jesse Plemons ... Young Grady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Todd Bethke ... Prisoner
S. Scott Conner ... Prisoner
Rene Munguia ... Resturant patron
Angelita Aronce Sorensen ... Mexican Resident
Chris Talley ... Prisoner
Richard Barela ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Dennis Chavez ... Guard (uncredited)

Anthony Dilio ... Guard (uncredited)
David Miguel Estrada ... Traveler at Station (uncredited)

Dennis E. Garber ... Boyfriend (uncredited)
Theodore Grivas ... El Idiota Loco (uncredited)
Barry Hazen ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Patricia Miller ... House Maid / Servant (uncredited)
Philip Olivas ... Guard (uncredited)
Jason Page ... Shop Keeper (uncredited)
James Roach ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Clark Sanchez ... Slasher Estevan (uncredited)

J. Nathan Simmons ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Carlos Taboada ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Bob Thornton 
Writing credits
Cormac McCarthy (novel)

Ted Tally (screenplay)

Produced by
Jonathan Gordon .... executive producer
Bruce Heller .... co-producer
Mary Ann Madden .... co-producer
Sally Menke .... executive producer
Robert Salerno .... producer
Billy Bob Thornton .... producer
Original Music by
Larry Paxton 
Marty Stuart 
Kristin Wilkinson 
Cinematography by
Barry Markowitz 
Film Editing by
Sally Menke 
Casting by
Anne McCarthy 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Clark Hunter 
Art Direction by
Max Biscoe 
Richard L. Johnson 
Set Decoration by
Traci Kirshbaum 
Costume Design by
Doug Hall 
Makeup Department
Kate Biscoe .... makeup artist
Lynne K. Eagan .... key makeup artist (as Lynne Eagan)
Melissa Forney .... hair stylist
Edouard F. Henriques .... makeup artist (as Eddy Henriques)
Julie Janes-Love .... hair stylist
Jolynn Nieto .... assistant makeup artist
Deborah Ann Piper .... key hair stylist
Keith Sayer .... makeup artist
Nikoletta Skarlatos .... special makeup effects artist
Gianna Sparacino .... hair stylist
Janet Tallent-Dickson .... additional makeup artist
Joani Yarbrough .... key hair stylist
Gabriella Pollino .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Clinton Wayne .... prosthetic technician (uncredited)
Production Management
Mitchell E. Dauterive .... production manager: second unit
Mitchell E. Dauterive .... production supervisor
Robert Salerno .... unit production manager
Natascha Tillmanns .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pamela Altieri-Paterra .... second second assistant director
Melissa V. Barnes .... second assistant director
James Alan Hensz .... first assistant director
Fred Murphy .... second unit director
Lisa C. Satriano .... assistant director: second unit (as Lisa Satriano)
Rebecca Stefan .... assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Steve Allen .... carpenter
Joe Arnold .... assistant property master
Dawn M. Baker .... scenic artist
Stephany Baskin .... art department assistant
Sean Bernard .... plasterer
Rick Broderman .... paint gang boss
Shane Buckallew .... plaster foreman
Jesus Carrera .... carpenter
James M. Davis .... general foreman
Jennifer Dawson .... assistant property master
Ralph Diaz .... greensmen
Patricia Dillon .... set dresser
Nanci Elfrez .... scenic artist
Andrew P. Flores .... second head painter (as Andy Flores)
Neil Gahm .... propmaker foreman
Hector M. Gonzalez .... art department research (as Héctor M. González)
Hector M. Gonzalez .... set dresser (as Héctor M. González)
Dwayne Grady .... property master (as Dwayne David Grady)
Kelley A. Hankins .... scenic artist
Paul Harman .... signwriter
Angela Hinkle .... construction laborer
Robert House .... propmaker
Betty Jackson .... carpenter
Ana Martinez .... art department coordinator
Thomas Minton .... set designer
John W. Morgan .... plasterer
Amy Morrison .... painter
Amy Morrison .... set dresser
Rhonda Paynter .... on-set dresser
Gary Petersen .... construction gang boss
David Phillip .... greensman
Kenneth R. Rector .... set dresser
Ricky Riggs .... camera scenic
Charles Righetti .... leadman
Charles Seale .... carpenter
Charles Seale .... stand-by greens
Paul Stanwyck .... head painter
Kara Sutherlin .... scenic artist
Chris Telschow .... construction foreman
Brett Tyler .... paint gangboss
Ronnie White .... carpenter
Phillip Williams .... construction laborer
Christopher Windisch .... construction foreman
Jack Colmenero .... set dresser (uncredited)
James 'JR' Pollard .... set painter (uncredited)
Randy Severs .... carpenter (uncredited)
Peter Tosti Stephenson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Anthony M. Trujillo .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Bach .... sound editor
Dean Beville .... sound editor
Peter Brown .... supervising sound editor
Lane Burch .... foley mixer
David V. Butler .... dialogue editor
Eddie Bydalek .... sound recordist
Ed Callahan .... dialogue editor
Bayard Carey .... production sound mixer: second unit
Matt Colleran .... sound recordist
Juno J. Ellis .... supervising adr editor
Sean England .... machine room operator
Paula Fairfield .... sound effects editor
Stephanie Flack .... dialogue editor
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound editor
Alexandra Gonzales .... dialogue editor
Dana Gustafson .... supervising sound editor
Jamie Hardt .... sound intern
Lora Hirschberg .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
William Jacobs .... sound effects editor
Ryan Juggler .... assistant sound editor
Tom Lalley .... sound re-recording engineer
Paul Ledford .... sound mixer
Patricio A. Libenson .... sound effects editor (as Patricio Libenson)
Martin Lopez .... sound effects editor
Charles Maynes .... sound effects editor
Jon Michaels .... assistant sound editor
Brian Miksis .... sound mixer: screen test
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Sam Sarkar .... sound utility
Donnie Saylor .... sound intern
Roy Seeger .... assistant adr editor
Keenan Wyatt .... boom operator
Flavio Leocata .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Greg ten Bosch .... sound intern (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Kevin Berve .... special effects assistant
Edwin G. Hill .... special effects assistant
Margaret Johnson .... special effects supervisor: second unit coordinator
Brian T. McCarty .... special effects assistant
Randy E. Moore .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Ken Dackermann .... digital compositor supervisor
Mark Freund .... visual effects supervisor
Jennifer Law-Stump .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title
Matt Linder .... digital compositor
Jeff Wells .... digital effects artist: Pacific Title Digital
Johnny Wilson .... digital compositor
Christopher Grandel .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Ralph Maiers .... in house visual effects supervisor: Cinema Research Corp./D-rez (uncredited)
Eric Pham .... digital compositor: Cinema Research Corp./D-rez (uncredited)
Richard Bucher .... stunt double: Matt Damon
Michael Cassidy .... stunts (as Mike Cassidy)
David V. Cordova .... stunt performer
Dick 'Skip' Evans .... stunt pilot (as Dick Evans)
Ramon Frank .... stunt double
James W. Gavin .... stunt pilot
Ramiro González .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Juddson Keith Linn .... stunts (as Judson Linn)
Daniel O'Haco .... stunts
Jeff O'Haco .... stunts
Jimmy Ortega .... stunts
James Pratt .... stunts (as Jim Pratt)
Jason Rodriguez .... stunts
Thomas Rosales Jr. .... stunts
Gilbert Rosales .... stunts
Tomas Sanchez .... riding stunts
Monty Stuart .... stunts
Frank Torres .... stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator
Mike Watson .... stunt double
Jerry Wills .... stunts (as Gerry Wills)
John Escobar .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Hondo Aguilar .... video assist operator
Eric Amundsen .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Mitchell Amundsen .... camera operator
Stephen Beasley .... best boy electric
Buzzy Burwell .... electrician
Don Cerrone .... key rigging grip
Harve Cook .... video assist operator
Edwin M. Figueroa .... dolly grip
Mark Figueroa .... first assistant camera: second unit
Ron Goodman .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Hank Herrera .... grip
Robert Hicks .... rigging key grip
John Janusek .... key grip: second unit
Jeffrey Kincheloe .... cablecam rigger
Steve Mathis .... gaffer: second unit
Fred Murphy .... additional photographer
Fred Murphy .... director of photography: second unit
Ray Ortega .... electrician
Andrew Osborne .... assistant camera
Derick Pritchard .... lighting technician
Van Redin .... still photographer
Steven Search .... first assistant camera
Afshin Shahidi .... assistant camera
Steve Speers .... additional second assistant camera
Alan Swain .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kelly Bogdan .... extras casting assistant
Audrey Brooks .... casting assistant
Vicki Dempsey .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Tanit Lee Lascelles .... casting assistant
Teresa Neptune .... extras casting
Alex Newman .... casting assistant
Joyce Wainwright .... extras casting assistant
Rachael Erwin .... casting intern (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marisa Aboitiz .... costume supervisor
Janet Ingram .... costumer (as Janet Stirner Ingram)
Melissa Moody .... tailor
Ángela Núñez .... key costumer
Lisa Parmet .... assistant costume designer
Danlee Winegar .... set costumer
Editorial Department
John A. Amicarella .... post-production consultant
Ben Boodman .... post-production assistant
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Phyllis Housen .... assistant editor
Stephanie Johnson .... second assistant editor (as Stephanie V. Johnson)
Bethany Orlemann .... assistant editor
Fred Raskin .... first assistant editor
Joan Sobel .... first assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Valance Eisleben .... high definition editorial services (uncredited)
Music Department
Barry Cole .... music supervisor
Christopher Covert .... music supervisor
George Doering .... musician
Daniel Gaber .... music editor
Steve Juliani .... music preparation
Maria Newman .... musician
Jay B. Richardson .... music editor
Kristin Wilkinson .... conductor
Kristin Wilkinson .... music arranger
Transportation Department
Jon Bergholz .... transportation dispatcher
Adrian Cannon .... driver: Mr. Thomas
Mitch Harbeson .... driver
Joseph Lockwood .... transportation
John Lybrand .... driver: cast
Ted Moser .... transportation coordinator
Justin Nance .... driver
Shaun Ryan .... production driver
Other crew
Dawn Barkan .... animal trainer
Joseph Bearman .... production assistant
Melody Bishop .... construction accountant
Jennifer Campbell .... production coordinator
Alison Cannon .... production accountant
Anne Carr .... key set medic: San Antonio
Tim Carroll .... livestock coordinator
John Chisholm .... welfare/studio teacher
Robin Citrin .... location scout
Steve Crawford .... stand-in
David Dirks .... production office assistant
Mark Fitzgerald .... key assistant location manager
Karen Golden .... script supervisor
Charles Harrington .... location manager
Susan Jasso .... production secretary
Chad Keller .... stand-in
John Brian King .... title designer (as Brian King)
W. Alex Korp .... key production assistant
Jennifer Lobban .... accounting clerk
David Manzanares .... location scout
K. Lynn Martin .... script supervisor: second unit
Len Murach .... assistant location manager
Cindy Nevins .... payroll accountant
Roderick Peyketewa .... featured soloist
Roderick Peyketewa .... production assistant
DeLayne Rasmussen .... travel coordinator
John Semedik .... first assistant accountant
Faith Strongheart .... production assistant
Aaron Tankenson .... production assistant
Elana Wakeman .... key production assistant: second unit
Kevin Walker .... office production assistant
Pete Waterman .... production assistant
Mario West .... extras coordinator
Denise Blasor .... voice-over artist (uncredited)
Theodore Grivas .... location assistant (uncredited)
Ryanne Nicksa .... production assistant (uncredited)
Israel Sanchez .... stand-in (uncredited)
Anthony M. Trujillo .... craft service (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for violence and some sexuality
116 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

At one time, director Mike Nichols was attached to the project.See more »
Continuity: 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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62 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
You ain't never been struck by lightning. You don't know what it's like., 2 March 2005
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

I don't think I will ever understand the disappointing backlash against this film. What I witnessed was not your typical "western" film full of passionate love and implausible events. Instead, what I saw was beautifully captured images, powerful acting by Damon and Thomas, a story that twisted further down a darkened rabbit hole than I was expecting, and this challenging character study that gave us a brief insight to a world that will never be seen by our eyes again. This was not the romantic film that it was marketed as, this was not the adventure that it was marketed as, but instead it was the story of one character and the tribulations that effect him on his journey into the real world. It is the story of a very compassionate man that sees the honest darkness of those around him and must face the consequences of his actions. It showcases amazing acting that may be a bit disturbing for the unfamiliar eye, but to me was nothing short of brilliant. Billy Bob successfully adapted the story from the page, but it was not the film that he wanted. Miramax butchered this film in the marketing aspect, which ultimately hurt it overall. I will never understand why this did not receive the praise it should have, but will never be ashamed to bring it out for friends and family to enjoy. This film was like finding a dollar in the couch, an unexpected surprise that keeps a smile on your face the rest of the day.

I have read several reviews that just completely dismantle Damon's acting in this film. While his accent does fade in and out randomly, it is the way that he carries himself and reacts to the situations that unfold before him that really showcase the true acting ability of this star. While I do not think that Bennifer has made the best choices to challenge his career, Damon continually proves that he has the ability to be a force in Hollywood. This film alone proves it. He built this beautiful chemistry between him and Cruz that teetered on fear and sorrow. He showed his compassion towards Blevins and Lacey continually throughout the film showing that his idea of friendship was stronger than anyone expected. His strength and will shined brightly when he was ultimately faced with death. These are all moments where other actors would have cheapened it up and tried to fake the audience instead of showing the truth. I thought Damon showed us honesty, he showed us a part of him that I was not expecting. If you couldn't tell already, he really impressed me. But yet so did everyone else in this film. I honestly thought that the kid from Sling Blade, Lucas Black, would never work again, and I was skeptical of him in this film, but he was exceptional. He took us away from his character in Sling Blade and built a whole new name for himself. He took the challenges of this character and pushed them out of the television. The same can be said for Henry Thomas that continues to impress me with his ability to capture his moments and make them so real. Finally, Billy Bob did a great job of casting the rest of this film to bring the images and feelings of the time period to light. I could feel the dusty world of Texas and Mexico through the smaller characters that he cast.

Speaking of Billy Bob, could we not agree that these actors wouldn't have been half as good if it were not for the amazing direction behind the camera. I wish that I could have seen his version of the film instead of the choppy Miramax version. He has a very gifted eye, and while sometimes he takes roles that I think blur that eye, he always seems to rebound with a very riveting performance. He is constantly experimenting with genres and styles, and this film shows that he can break traditional boundaries. The images that he captured on film help create this darkness that surrounded our main characters. The scene with the thunderstorm I thought was beautiful, as was the rolling Mexican landscape. He places us into the film as more than just observers, and that is a sign of a great director.

Finally, I would like to pose the question of why Grady was so infatuated with Blevins? There were several moments during the film where he could have simply walked away from the boy, and Lacey even suggested it continually, but they always stayed with him. I realize that a main reason may be to develop the plot, but I think there was a more symbolic meaning. I feel that Damon connected with the boy because they had a kindred spirit. Damon was this passive, controlled character that never really understood himself until later on in the film, while Blevins was this wild-hair that never controlled himself or thought about his decisions. It was as if they were polar opposites, but yet they were perfectly matched. I think Damon liked him because it was what he aspired to be. I sometimes felt that the secondary characters were not real, and sometimes they were just imaginary images of what Damon wanted himself to be more like. This thought created a much darker picture for me that forced this film to go deeper into my mind and be more enjoyable than I thought.

Overall, I really liked this film. While others will definitely disagree, I thought that the acting, story, and especially the direction deserved more attention that what was handed to it.

Grade: ***** out of *****

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