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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... James
... Ing. Eduardo Apodaca
... Mackinley
... Yana
... James Joven
... Sundance
... Etta
Luis Bredow ... Doctor
... General of the Bolivian Army
Daniel Aguirre ... Iván
... Caballero inglés
María Luque ... Tabernera
Raúl Beltrán ... Jefe indígena
Luis Aduviri ... Lugarteniente indígena
Claudia Coronel ... Indígena perseguidora 1


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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Release Date:

1 July 2011 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Blackthorn - La vera storia di Butch Cassidy  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,254, 9 October 2011, Limited Release

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Near the beginning of the film when Yana mounts her horse and begins to leave Blackthorn's farm, she rides toward a close gate and neither she nor Blackthorn seem to give any thought to opening it. See more »


[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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Take Your Burden to the Lord
Arranged by David Gwyn (as David Gwynn)
Guitar by David Gwyn (as David Gwynn) and Sam Shepard
Performed by Sam Shepard
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A Decent Entry In The OLD COWBOY Library
9 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

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Re: Butch Cassidy never died. He hid out in Bolivia and bred horses. Found himself a little lady and a cabin. Then he decided to head north and visit his Niece. His horse runs off with his money and he ends up with a troublesome varmint that has $50,000 Sterling he's stolen from a group of miners. Cassidy, going by the name Blackthorn decides to help the man.

Outstanding: Filmed beautifully and directed with a solid hand that really shows the vivid beauty of the locations. Sam Shepard is a great actor and looks so excellent in this. He also has surprisingly pitch perfect comedic chops.

Unacceptable: The story is pretty far-fetched and Blackthorn gets hornswaggled too easily, even for an old feller.

Summary: I'm a total sucker for westerns and this is a good one. A classic "Old Cowboy Takes One Last Ride" movie. Strong script and great acting. I recommend it highly. A note - The screener copy I watched did not have subtitles for the Spanish language portions of the film, which is probably around 1/3 of the dialogue. I assume the final release has them, but it did make certain scenes hard to follow.


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