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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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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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Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In 2014, Billy Bob Thornton told Entertainment Weekly that the rumors of his original cut being somewhere in between 3 to 4h long were incorrect, but that his cut was 2:42h. He also mentioned that he still is in possession of his original version. See more »

Goofs

When getting drinks at the first cantina they come to in Mexico, Blevins takes a sip of his drink from a glass. A few seconds later the girl is filling a glass and hands it to Blevins. He says appreciate it and starts drink his drink from the glass. 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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Referenced in The Holiday (2006) See more »

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too many pretty horses
28 March 2010 | by kos-27See all my reviews

May contain mild spoilers

All the pretty horses is a movie based on a Cormack Mc Carthy novel by the same name. I read the novel after I had seen the movie because I wondered why the movie left me so empty inside after watching it. I couldn't say that it was bad but I couldn't' find the passion and depth I usually find in Mc Carthy's work. The funny thing is that even after having read the book I couldn't find an instant explanation why the movie didn't work. The director didn't leave anything out and yet, the magic of the book was "lost in translation".

I will try to name some possible reasons:

1.The first thing that strikes me is the age difference. Matt Damon- though young looking-plays a teenager of 16,17 years. He can't hide the fact that he's over ten years older. Since one of the main themes of the movie is the coming of age, it doesn't work because the main protagonists are already grown up.

2.A second problem is Mc Carthy's poetic language that is totally neglected in the visualization. A director should know how to transfer the poetry of words into pictures. It's not impossible – many have successfully done it. If he can't do it, he should pick another type of genre to direct where poetry isn't needed.

3.There are some recurrent motives in the book like the guilt (and responsibility) the main protagonist feels for the death of a young boy. A second important motive is his respect for parental figures because he never had a real one. Unfortunately in the movie everything is told with the same pace ignoring to underline important motives or set priorities. The director seems to have one universal stylistic device and that is showing horses in all possible variations. It is just not enough.


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