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Blackthorn

October 7th 2011
  • Drama/Western,
  • R,
  • 102 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
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  • Cast: Daniel Aguirre, Luis Bredow, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Padraic Delaney, Fernando Gamarra, Maria Luque, Dominique McElligott, Cristian Mercado, Eduardo Noriega, Stephen Rea, Sam Shepard, Magaly Solier
  • Director: Mateo Gil
  • Writer: Miguel Barros
  • Producers: Ibón Cormenzana, Andrés Santana
  • Co Producer: Paolo Agazzi
  • Executive Producer: Jan Pace
  • Art Direction: Juan Pedro De Gaspar
  • Castings: Wendy Alcázar, Jina Jay
  • Costume Design: Clara Bilbao
  • D.O.P.: Juan Ruiz Anchía
  • Editor: David Gallart
  • Makeup: Ana López Puigcerver
  • Music: Lucio Godoy

Storyline

It’s been said (but unsubstantiated) that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. In "Blackthorn", 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 US 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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: La Paz, Bolivia; Potosí, Bolivia; Uyuni, Bolivia
  • MPAA Warning: Violence and language
  • Production Companies: Arcadia Motion Pictures, Aiete-Ariane Films S.A., Quickfire Films, Pegaso Producciones, Noodles Production, Buena Suerte, Eter Pictures, Nix Films

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Trivia

2011 Guide Analysis: "A rather curious Spanish/British co-production shot on location in Bolivia, 'Blackthorn' expands on theories that have arisen in recent decades that Butch Cassidy didn't die in that stand-off in San Vicente and went on living well into the 1920's and 30's. In this film, helmed by "Agora" and "The Sea Inside" scribe Mateo Gil making his English-language directing debut, Cassidy has assumed another identity and is now quietly living out his remaining years.

Gil says his film brings a modern point of view to the genre, while still embracing its nostalgia and its deeply moral elements. Mostly though it avoids the "grandiose images and traditional aesthetic" of westerns in favour of an intimate character study of Cassidy himself. A promo trailer on the Arcadia Pictures official site shows an obviously limited budget, but some eye catching scenery and a potentially quite interesting performance from Shepard.

What's amusing to ponder is how many will consider this a "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" sequel. It isn't of course, but the film's events could logically fit the assumption and the marketing could certainly place that suggestion in the minds of moviegoers. It's a similar situation to 2003's "Ripley's Game" which some thought was a direct sequel to 1999's "The Talented Mr. Ripley", in actuality they're quite distinctly different adaptations with no relation beyond the author's source material."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 1 July 2011: Spain
  • 31 August 2011: France