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Slow West (2015)

R | | Western | 16 April 2015 (USA)
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A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as a guide.

Director:

John Maclean

Writer:

John Maclean
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Jay Cavendish
Caren Pistorius ... Rose Ross
Aorere Paki Aorere Paki ... Young Native Boy
Jeffrey Thomas ... Union Officer
Hayden Frost Hayden Frost ... Young Soldier 1
Kieran Charnock Kieran Charnock ... Young Soldier 2
Michael Fassbender ... Silas Selleck
Joseph Passi Joseph Passi ... Congolese Singer 1
Sam Manzanza Sam Manzanza ... Congolese Singer 2
Tawanda Manyimo Tawanda Manyimo ... Congolese Singer 3
David T. Lim David T. Lim ... Tattoo Man (as David Lim)
Bryan Michael Mills Bryan Michael Mills ... The Minstrel (as Bryan Mills)
Madeleine Sami ... Marimacho
Eddie Campbell Eddie Campbell ... Skelly
Ben Mendelsohn ... Payne
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Storyline

'Slow West' follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas. Written by Anonomous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Love and death are universal. See more »

Genres:

Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK | New Zealand

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Caminho do Oeste See more »

Filming Locations:

Twizel, Canterbury, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,459, 19 June 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$229,094, 21 June 2015
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Company Credits

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See-Saw Films,DMC Film,Film4 See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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This is John Maclean's first feature film. See more »

Goofs

Payne is shot in the doorway of the Ross house. When Silas has entered, the body has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Silas Selleck: [narrating] Once upon a time, 1870 to be exact, a 16-year-old kid traveled from the cold shoulder of Scotland to the baking heart of America to find his love. His name was Jay. Her name was Rose.
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Soundtracks

The Minstrel's Song
Written by Bryan Michael Mills and John Maclean
Performed by Bryan Michael Mills
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An accomplished and satisfying directorial debut
28 June 2015 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

Don't be misled by the title: this western may start slowly but sure picks up pace with an explosive finale and, while it is set in 1870 Colorado, it is shot in today's New Zealand.

Like the twice-made western "True Grit", the story teams a younger person on a search with a cynical veteran: on this occasion 16 year old aristocratic and Scottish Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), searching for his lost love, and the rough, middle-aged, Irish gunslinger Silas Selleck (a superb Michael Fassbender), seeking something more pecuniary.

First-time writer and director British John Maclean has crafted an admirable film with atmospheric music, fine pacing, colourful characters, terrific scenery and a compelling narrative. By turns touching, surreal and shocking, at just 84 minutes, every scene counts and drives the story westwards and onwards to a satisfying conclusion.


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