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.


Mateo Gil


Miguel Barros (scriptwriter)
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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 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


In Bolivia, two decades after his mysterious disappearance in San Vicente in 1908, life has found Butch Cassidy exiled to a small Bolivian town. Only now the aged outlaw goes under the name James Blackthorn. Cassidy has been keeping to himself; breeding and selling horses in order save money to return to the states. But an attempted ambush by a young Spaniard leaves him with no money as he watches his horse run off with his saddle bags full of cash. With the Spaniard held at gunpoint, Cassidy is told there is a hidden stash of money he will receive for helping the young man flee the mining families from which he stole the stash. Now it's up to Cassidy to revive his former self and save the two from meeting their death in the desert sands of Bolivia. Written by shredder-53761

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Sam Shepard is Butch Cassidy

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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 »


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 »


[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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Sam Hall
Arranged by David Gwyn (as David Gwynn)
Guitar by David Gwyn (as David Gwynn)
Performed by Sam Shepard
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Very good ¨Chorizo¨ Western with engaging acting , breathtaking cinematography and good direction
12 August 2012 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This Spanish picture is an enjoyable drama Western with an interesting characterizing about the celebrated leader of the ¨Wild Bunch gang¨ of train robbers , Butch Cassidy who along with Sundance Kid were one of the last old-style bandits of the West and they had the quick wit and strength of character to dominate more desperate men . In Bolivia, Butch Cassidy who left long time ago his criminal activity and now calling himself James Blackthorne (Sam Shepard) , pines for one last sight of home , an adventure that aligns him with a young robber (Eduardo Noriega) and makes the duo a target for gangs and lawmen alike . It's narrated by means of a relentless pursuit by a posse which leads to the two protagonists through wonderful Bolivian landscapes . Furthermore , it deals with young Butch Cassidy (Nikolaj Coaster-Waldau as James joven) , Sundance Kid (Padraic Delaney) and Etta Place (Dominique McElligott) , whose scenes are developed in flashbacks , both of them when the Pinkerton and railroad agents (Stephen Rea) hot on their trail , the Wild Bunch broke up and both sailed to South America after the turn of century and disappeared there , possibly dying in a shoot-out in 1909 near La Paz , though the story here narrated is quite different .

The film contains human drama , thrills , violence , riding pursuits and action Western complemented with moving tension and intrigue , including some twists and turns . These elements provide the setting for this piece of dramatic Western , giving it its own special quality and ambient . Butch is described as a tired veteran though a crack shot, he never murdered anybody and disliked gratuitous violence , he only wishes returning to US and know his son . Top-notch acting by Sam Shepard as the old bandit who becomes drawn into a spiraling tangle of danger , deceit and confusion . Acceptable interpretation by Eduardo Noriega as a young mine engineer who holds a dark secret . Colorful and evocative cinematography by Juan Ruiz Anchia who has been making a prestigious career in Hollywood , such as Close range , House of game and River runs black , here he shows splendidly the wonderful outdoors filmed on location in La Paz , Potosí , Uyuni, Bolivia . Sensitive as well as thrilling musical score by Lucio Godoy .

This exciting motion picture was well directed by Mateo Gil . Mateo is a notorious screenwriter , he wrote various films for Amenabar as ¨Agora¨ , ¨Mar Adentro¨ , ¨Abre Los Ojos¨ and ¨Tesis¨ . He only has directed ¨Nobody knows anybody¨ or ¨Nadie Conoce Nadie¨ and recently this Western titled ¨Blackthorn¨ . Rating : Above average movie for its intrigue , memorable performance , plot twits , atmospheric mood piece and impressive photography . Well worth watching .

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Release Date:

1 July 2011 (Spain) See more »

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Filming Locations:

La Paz, Bolivia See more »


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$15,254, 9 October 2011

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2.35 : 1
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