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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Matt Damon publicly criticized Harvey Weinstein's decision to edit the film down, saying to Entertainment Weekly, "You can't cut 35% of the movie and expect it to be the same movie." See more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
All in all I thought this was a decent film. Unfortunatly the film we all saw in the theatre was two hours too short. Miramax, which five years was the major promoter of indie film, has now gone corporate. They forced Billy Bob to cut over half of the film to make it "more marketable." Unfortunately this meant cutting character development and minor story elements. Everything people complained about was due to the film left on the cutting room floor.
Again, read the book. It goes on my top ten list of conteporary literature. Then give the film another chance. It will make the midde third make a whole lot more sense.
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