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Blackthorn (2011)

In Bolivia, Butch Cassidy (now calling himself James Blackthorn) pines for one last sight of home, an adventure that aligns him with a young robber and makes the duo a target for gangs and lawmen alike.

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Luis Bredow ...
Doctor
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General of the Bolivian Army
Daniel Aguirre ...
Iván
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Caballero inglés
María Luque ...
Tabernera
Raúl Beltrán ...
Jefe indígena
Luis Aduviri ...
Lugarteniente indígena
Claudia Coronel ...
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In Bolivia, Butch Cassidy (now calling himself James Blackthorn) pines for one last sight of home, an adventure that aligns him with a young robber and makes the duo a target for gangs and lawmen alike.

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Sam Shepard is Butch Cassidy


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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1 July 2011 (Spain)  »

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Blackthorn - La vera storia di Butch Cassidy  »

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$15,254 (USA) (9 October 2011)

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$200,558 (USA)
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The song that Blackthorn sings when the two of them finally get horse, is the same song that Clint Eastwood sings in Two Mules For Sister Sara when he is drunk. See more »

Goofs

A continuity error is that at the entrance to the mine, Butch Cassidy tricks Eduardo Apodaca into thinking he has unloaded Eduardo's revolver. A few minutes later, in the mine, he tells Eduardo that he only knew about the gun 10 minutes before; Eduardo checks the cylinder and finds that it is still loaded, Butch having tricked him with a handful of his own cartridges.

However, when the pursuers show up a little later, Butch hands Eduardo his pistol, saying "All right, here's your revolver back," despite never having disarmed him in the first place (and thus winning Eduardo's trust). See more »

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James Blackthorn aka Butch Cassidy: Dear Ryan, I reckon you're feeling a little lonely now that your mother's gone. You're too young for something like this. I know she must have told you about me, and I for one never stopped thinking about you. Even though I've never seen you, I'd bet my best memories that I'd recognize you in the blackest night. These past years have been hard on us all. Very few of us are still around. The land were I live now is a good one. Quiet people, peaceful for the most part. But it's not ...
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Wayfaring Stranger
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Arranged by David Gwyn (as David Gwynn)
Guitar by David Gwyn (as David Gwynn)
Performed by Sam Shepard
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European Western, not Spaghetti Western
18 April 2011 | by (Madrid, Spain) – See all my reviews

Blackthorn is an estimable contribution to Western movies. Contrary to the American style, here the epic it's illustrated in a less gimmicky way. There's not apotheosis at the endings of the sequences with a high emotional music theme. Poetry it's in the words, the silences, the landscapes and the development of the characters. Apparently it's a traditional story about compensation with the past, but there's much more. An a-la-Hawks representation of male friendship, a social message, a nostalgic review of classic Western and two little twists in the story that avoid a possible predictable ending. Very interesting it's the Mateo Gil's choice, in opposition to the Roy Hill movie, to show Bolivia as a wide open country. While Roy Hill, in the 1969 movie, shoot the South American scenes in a cloistered vision -to give them a claustrophobic value that works as allegory of the characters mood- in contrast with the North American scenes, Gil hasn't renegade to shoot the desert, the wide plains and even the canyons from Bolivia brought out by the brilliant cinematography of Ruíz Anchía. Perhaps there're a couple of moments that the narrative pace goes down in contemplative scenes, but overall the rhythm and the story will keep your attention. Great works of Sam Shephard, Eduardo Noriega, Stephen Rea and Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau. You would like Blackthorn if you like Unforgiven, Appaloosa, Open Range or, of course, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid but not if your taste it's nearest to The Quick and the Dead, Young Guns I or II, or Cowboys & Aliens.


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