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Slow West (2015)

R | | Western | 16 April 2015 (USA)
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A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as a guide.



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5 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Aorere Paki ...
Young Native Boy
Hayden Frost ...
Young Soldier 1
Rose Ross
Kieran Charnock ...
Young Soldier 2
Victor the Hawk
Joseph Passi ...
Congolese Singer 1
Sam Manzanza ...
Congolese Singer 2
Congolese Singer 3
Brian Sergent ...
Payote Joe
David T. Lim ...
Tattoo Man (as David Lim)
Karl Willetts ...


'Slow West' follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas. Written by Anonomous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 April 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Oeste Sem Lei  »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,459 (USA) (19 June 2015)


$229,094 (USA) (19 June 2015)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the WANTED posters uses a famous picture of Robert E. Lee. See more »


Orion's Belt. In 1st scene of the movie Jay is pointing out Orion's Belt but goes way across the night sky (about 40-60 arc degrees). He had the wrong constellation,and by far the wrong distance ...Orion's belt is only about 3 arc degrees across (about 2 -3 fingers width). See more »


Jay Cavendish: I know why you need my help
Silas Selleck: Oh yeah?
Jay Cavendish: Yeah. You're lonely. You're a lonely man.
Silas Selleck: Sure, kid.
Jay Cavendish: "Sure, kid." "Let's drift." Silent, lonely drifter. You're a lonely, lonely man.
Silas Selleck: No need to concern over me. Hold still.
Jay Cavendish: All I'm sayin' is there's more to life than just surviving.
Silas Selleck: Yeah. There's dyin'. Survival ain't just how to skin a jackrabbit. It's knowing when to bluster and when to hush. When to take a beating and when to strike.
Jay Cavendish: Where's your folks?
Silas Selleck: Father's in the ground in Ireland, mother's in the ...
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Aptly Named and Surreal
30 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In what may be one of the most aptly-named films at this year's festival, Slow West is in no hurry to tell the story of Scotsman Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and his continent-spanning quest to find Rose (Caren Pistorius), the long-lost love from his hometown. Things get complicated when a desperado named Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender) decides to accompany Cavendish on his journey—possibly to cash in on a bounty that hangs over Rose's head. Taking a cue from neo-westerns like Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, Slow West uses the chaotic landscape of the American frontier as an allegorical exploration of love and death. There is something surreal about seeing the old west interpreted through the lens of New Zealand where the film was shot, and it added to the story's dreamlike tone. The immensely watchable Fassbender exudes some serious Han Solo vibes as he guides Cavendish through the unforgiving wilderness while trying to act like he doesn't give a crap. McPhee's boyish, innocent appearance is ideal for a character whose belief in true love has guided him so far into the lions' den. While the film's ending is sure to polarize audiences, it was a ballsy way to emphasize the point that the frontier was an ecosystem all its own, indiscriminately filling some hearts with purpose and others with bullets.

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