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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.

Director:

Billy Bob Thornton

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... John Grady Cole
Henry Thomas ... Lacey Rawlins
Penélope Cruz ... Alejandra Villarreal
Angelina Torres Angelina Torres ... Luisa (as Angelina C. Torres)
J.D. Young J.D. Young ... Grandfather
Laura Poe ... Mother
Sam Shepard ... J.C. Franklin
Robert Patrick ... Cole
Lucas Black ... Jimmy Blevins
Yvette Diaz Yvette Diaz ... Girl
Imelda Colindres Imelda Colindres ... Girl's Mom
Augustin Solis Augustin Solis ... Manuel (as Agustin Solis)
Rubén Blades ... Don Hector de la Rocha y Villarreal
Elizabeth Ibarra Elizabeth Ibarra ... Maria
Miriam Colon ... Doña Alfonsa (as Miriam Colón)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Some passions can never be tamed.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Espíritu salvaje See more »

Filming Locations:

Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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

Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jordana Brewster auditioned for the role of Alejanda. Years later while in an interview for Fast & Furious 6 (2013) she said she was still upset she did not get the role. See more »

Goofs

The Beech 18 airplane that Don Hector flies from his ranch to Mexico City every week has a US registration number beginning with "N." Aircraft registered in Mexico have registration numbers beginning with "XA," "XB" or "XC." The filmmaker seems to have been aware of this, since most shots of the airplane have the "N" on the fuselage partially blocked by a car or person. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

The first cut by director Billy Bob Thornton was ca. 4 hours long. It was later cut down to the 116 min. version released to theatres. See more »

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Better Late Than Never
16 June 2006 | by peters159-1See all my reviews

After seeing Matt Damon carrying "The Rainmaker" I sat up and became a real fan of the actor. In that movie he impressed me greatly. I decided to see what was he doing next. I read where he was slated to star in All the Pretty Hourses so I got a copy of the book to see what it was all about. I liked what I read and was looking forward to see Matt Damon in the effort. When I read where Billy Bob Thornton was to direct I became ecstatic, I remembered his acting and directing in Sling Blade. Later, I read where there was trouble with the length of All The Pretty Horses at the producer threatened to cut the movie. Mr Thornton's version ran almost 4 hours, the released version to theaters was 117 minutes. Of course I went to see the movie and could see that it should have been longer. Any movie buff could see that. What perplexes me is how studios and produces can contract certain directors and then butcher their completed work. Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time in America suffered a humiliation when the studio decided to cut his film drastically; it lost it's meaning, and money. Later, the DVD restored version, 225 minutes, came out and was instantly received by customers. Thank God David O. Selznick stuck to his guns with Gone With The Wind. And look at how much money that! made. Like some others I hope that some one one day will be able to assemble the 4 hour version of All The Pretty Horses so that those of us who love movies can at least see what we've missed. I think we deserve to judge the movie for ourselves. Who knows, we might be missing a masterpiece.


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