Blackthorn

Blackthorn

Blackthorn

Western that presupposes Butch Cassidy didn't die at the hands of the Bolivian military alongside the Sundance Kid and lived until old age where a final adventure awaits. Stars Sam Shepard as the elderly outlaw.

"Cassidy (Shepard) survived and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the U.S. and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home. But when an unexpected encounter with an ambitious young criminal (Eduardo Noriega) derails his plans, he is thrust into one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn’t experienced since his glory days with the Sundance Kid." (Official Synopsis)

2011Rating: M, contains violence & offensive language98 minsSpain, USA, Bolivia, France
Western

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Blackthorn / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Widescreen lensing by vet cinematographer Juan Ruiz Anchia, far from "westernizing" Bolivia, almost turns it into another planet, lending it an unearthly beauty all its own.

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Time Out

Time Out

Gil's alternative history gets one thing bang-on right: If Butch were to live into his senior days, he'd absolutely have to be played by Shepard.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

Blackthorn feels less like a proper sequel to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which it purports to be, than a coattail rider.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The filmmakers rely on Mr. Shepard to lend the character some of his mythic weight, but it would take an actor with greater range to make Butch more than a cardboard outlaw-saint.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

The film's main appeal comes from character interaction and the movie's exploration of Butch's moral nature.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The movie as a whole isn't much. Flashbacks to the good old days, with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Padraic Delaney standing in for Paul Newman and Robert Redford, are unconvincing and without much purpose, and given the moral twistiness of the original story, this rehash seems to lack purpose.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Sam Shepard illuminates the old West - or at least the South American parts - with creaky charisma.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The story’s beats are modern, but the setting, visuals, pacing, and protagonist all capture classic past cinema, if not classic past innocence.

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