It's the Wild West, circa 1870. Samuel Alabaster, an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope. As his group traverses the west, the once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Pattinson ... Samuel Alabaster
Mia Wasikowska ... Penelope
David Zellner ... Parson Henry
Nathan Zellner Nathan Zellner ... Rufus Cornell
Joseph Billingiere Joseph Billingiere ... Zachariah Running Bear
Morgan Lund Morgan Lund ... Bar Creep
Ray Kelleher Ray Kelleher ... Barkeep
David Wingo ... Barrel of Laughs
Russell Mael ... Prairie Crooner
Gary Brookins ... Sheriff
Gabe Casdorph ... Anton Cornell
Landon Weeks Landon Weeks ... Piano Player
Larry Zeng Larry Zeng ... Scalped Traveler
Sabrina Chappuis Sabrina Chappuis ... Angry Traveler
Palmer Scott Palmer Scott ... Barber


As Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson) travels across the American Frontier, on a journey to marry the love he has always looked for, Penelope (Mia Wasikowski), life becomes more and more dangerous. Accompanied by his miniature horse, Butterscotch, and drunkard companion, Parson Henry (David Zellner), the lines between hero, villain and damsel in distress become more and more blurred in this comic reinvention of the classic western movie.

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Comedy | Drama | Western

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Rated R for some violence, language, sexual material, and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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In Memory of Joe Billingiere and Brad Prather. See more »


Old Preacher: I hate to break it to ya but, ain't gonna be no better out here, things are gonna be shitty in, new and fascinating ways.
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Arranged & Performed by Nathan Zellner
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Absurdist take on the old west experience.
3 November 2018 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

My wife and I watched this at home on DVD from our public library. I wanted to see it mainly for the actors, knowing little about the actual story.

It was written and directed by the Zellner brothers, and each has a featured role in the movie. The basic story is a man, Robert Pattinson as Samuel, heads west to find his damsel who he thinks has been kidnapped. He plans to rescue her and ask her to marry him. The damsel is Mia Wasikowska as Penelope.

The opening scene sets the tone, David Zellner plays a man new to the west, fascinated by the prospect of meeting real Indians, and waits for the stagecoach with an old pioneer (Robert Forster) who is tired and headed east. The stagecoach doesn't show up but the old man gives away his belongings including a tattered bible, so the new man takes on the name Parson Henry.

There is no advantage in describing the story in greater detail, suffice to say Samuel has a total misunderstanding of the situation and it doesn't turn out well for him. When the movie was over we were both a bit puzzled as to why this particular story was put to film and what the filmmakers were really trying to accomplish.

I cannot recommend it to anyone I know.

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Release Date:

22 June 2018 (USA) See more »

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Damsel See more »

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Utah, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$20,291, 24 June 2018

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2.39 : 1
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