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Broken Horses (2015)

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The bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence in the shadows of the US Mexico border gang wars.




Credited cast:
Young Jacob 'Jake' Heckum
Mario Vargos Garza
Agent James McBradden
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Santion's Wife
Shelly Dhar ...
David Lautman ...
Priest #3


The bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence in the shadows of the US Mexico border gang wars.

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A Tale of Brothers, A Trail of Blood

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 April 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brothers  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Broken Horses is the first Hollywood movie that has been Produced, Directed and Written by an Indian : Vidhu Vinod Chopra. See more »


[first lines]
Gabriel Heckum: Buddy. Hey. What's with the grin, pal?
Young William 'Buddy' Heckum: Mr. Castillo said I did a good job. He even gave me an extra dollar.
Gabriel Heckum: Yeah? So, that's your first paycheck, pal. You never forget that.
Young William 'Buddy' Heckum: I told him to make it in three parts. For you, me, and Jakey.
Gabriel Heckum: Smart.
Young William 'Buddy' Heckum: Jakey gets the extra dollar, 'cause he's the youngest.
Gabriel Heckum: Well, that he is.
Young William 'Buddy' Heckum: Or I could get him a new violin.
Gabriel Heckum: For six bucks? I doubt it. But I'll tell you what. You give Jakey that six bucks, and I'll throw in the fiddle for free.
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Bananas Brotherly Bond
9 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The old adage "blood is thicker than water" has always been fruitful movie fodder. Writer/director Vidhu Vinod Chopra takes the theme to a small, dusty town on the Mexico border. He introduces us to the sons of the local sheriff … Buddy is the slow-witted eldest and Jakey the bespectacled musical prodigy.

Buddy is flashing his dead-eye aim at the shooting range when his father (Thomas Jane) is murdered right in front of him. Local mobster Mr. Hench (Vincent D'Onofrio) seizes the opportunity to utilize young Buddy's need for revenge. Jump ahead 15 years, and Jakey (Anton Yelchen, Star Trek) is engaged to Vittoria (Maria Valverde) and living in New York City as a classical violinist. Things get interesting when Buddy (Chris Marquette) entices Jakey to come visit after being away for eight years.

Jake isn't in town very long before he fully understands that Hench has a grip on Buddy, who is now a full-fledged hit-man engulfed in the various border gang wars. Here is where the brotherly bond kicks in. Watching it play out against the manipulative power of Hench provides the meatiest conflict within the film. The brothers admit to living on "different planets", but it's clear that their traumatic childhood has connected them in a manner that time and distance can't break … even though one of them more readily identifies "bad men".

Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints) has an odd, but hyper-energetic small role, but most of the screen time is taken by D'Onofrio, Yelchin and Marquette. A better written role for Ms. Valverde would have been advantageous, but mostly this is a solid little crime drama with an emphasis on brotherly bond.

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