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Blackthorn (2011)

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In Bolivia, Butch Cassidy (now calling himself James Blackthorn) pines for one last sight of home, an adventure that aligns him with a young robber and makes the duo a target for gangs and lawmen alike.

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Mateo Gil

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Miguel Barros (scriptwriter)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Shepard ... James
Eduardo Noriega ... Ing. Eduardo Apodaca
Stephen Rea ... Mackinley
Magaly Solier ... Yana
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau ... James Joven
Pádraic Delaney ... Sundance
Dominique McElligott ... Etta
Luis Bredow Luis Bredow ... Doctor
Cristian Mercado ... General of the Bolivian Army
Daniel Aguirre Daniel Aguirre ... Iván
Martin Proctor ... Caballero inglés
María Luque María Luque ... Tabernera
Raúl Beltrán Raúl Beltrán ... Jefe indígena
Luis Aduviri Luis Aduviri ... Lugarteniente indígena
Claudia Coronel Claudia Coronel ... Indígena perseguidora 1
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Storyline

In Bolivia, Butch Cassidy (now calling himself James Blackthorn) pines for one last sight of home, an adventure that aligns him with a young robber and makes the duo a target for gangs and lawmen alike.

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Sam Shepard is Butch Cassidy


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | France | Bolivia | UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 July 2011 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Blackthorn - La vera storia di Butch Cassidy See more »

Filming Locations:

La Paz, Bolivia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,254, 9 October 2011

Gross USA:

$200,558

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$623,528
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The coca leaf, which is and has been widely used for medicinal and restorative purposes in Bolivia and surrounding regions, and is featured in at least one scene in the film, is commonly said to resemble the leaves of a blackthorn bush. See more »

Goofs

At the very beginning of the film there is text reading "Butch Cassidy was ONE THE MOST wanted outlaws in America..." The OF that should be included in the sentence is curiously missing. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
James Blackthorn aka Butch Cassidy: Dear Ryan, I reckon you're feeling a little lonely now that your mother's gone. You're too young for something like this. I know she must have told you about me, and I for one never stopped thinking about you. Even though I've never seen you, I'd bet my best memories that I'd recognize you in the blackest night. These past years have been hard on us all. Very few of us are still around. The land were I live now is a good one. Quiet people, peaceful for the most part. But it's not ...
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Written by Simeón Roncal
Performed by Ignacio Paz
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the tragedy is that a film as good as Blackthorn was overlooked
8 November 2012 | by coiffuremixteSee all my reviews

Blackthorn is one of those films. The kind that you discover and fall in love with. It exists and this is already a miracle.

Between The Good, The Bad, The Weird and Walter Salles is Blackthorn. The meditative beauty, poetic narration and sublime photography of Salles and something of the supercool bravura of Kim Jee Woon's masterpiece.

Everything pays off here: the unexpected flashbacks which actually work dramatically and interact with the central story, the performance of Shephard which is Oscar worthy - this sounds like a cliché but he is really wonderful in this film and deserves recognition for his brilliant work - Eduardo Noriega is also back to being the resolutely appealing actor able to make you feel for him even when his character is unsympathetic, which he proved in the classic Abre Los Ojos.

Blackthorn is a sad film which tells the story of an aging outlaw's attempt to make up for the things he regrets as he's nears the end of his life. It is exciting, beautiful, sensitive and true. See it if you can and be glad you did.


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