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  • Actors: Matt Damon, Penélope Cruz, Henry Thomas, Angelina Torres, J.D. Young
  • Directors: Billy Bob Thornton
  • Writers: Cormac McCarthy, Ted Tally
  • Producers: Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Heller, Jonathan Gordon, Mary Ann Madden, Robert Salerno
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2001
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059XTH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "All the Pretty Horses" on IMDb

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Always wanting to live the cowboy lifestyle, young John Grady (Damon) sets off for a Hacienda in Mexico. While there, John enters into a passionate romance with the spellbinding Alejandra (Cruz), much to the displeasure of her powerful father. Doomed from the start, their illicit affair will culminate in murder and betrayal and young John will have to confront the ultimate test of inner strength and resilience.

Customer Reviews

The acting is very good.
Rob
Just be forewarned, though: movies don't get much more soporific than "All the Pretty Horses."
Roland E. Zwick
I think the problem with it is the adaptation from novel to film.
J. Sutherland

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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful By S. Schell VINE VOICE on May 4, 2001
Format: DVD
"It's the most fun I've ever had working on a film," Matt Damon gushed in one of numerous interviews for director Billy Bob Thornton's western epic, an adaptation of the novel by Cormac McCarthy that originally hit bookstore shelves back in 1992. Sad to say, Mr. Damon, it wasn't so fun to WATCH Thornton's finished product. "All The Pretty Horses" is like trying to interpret someone's bad dream, all scattered images and unintelligible action thrown together in a two-hour video. It is obvious in the first 30 minutes of "ATPH" that integral parts of the film were cut to fill a specific time frame. Enormous amounts of footage that would've made the film more understandable and perhaps even more enjoyable ended up on the cutting room floor due to squabbles between Thornton and studio execs. From what would've been a potentially long film (almost four hours, to be exact) it was severely sliced down to a mere 116 minutes by the hacksaw editors at Miramax and the film suffers greatly because of it.
The story is as follows: John Grady Cole (Damon) is a young man in late 1940's Texas who dreams of living the life of a prosperous rancher. He is determined to see and experience the old frontier before it disappears for good and makes a plan to travel to Mexico on horse with his good friend Lacy Rawlins (Thomas). On route, they meet tough-talking teen Jimmy Blevins, a young fugitive traversing the desert landscape on a stolen horse. He leaves the entourage only days later, dodging authorities for a second-theft of the same nature. Sans Blevins, John and Lacy cross the border and find work taming wild steeds for a man named Rocha, the most prestigious rancher in the area. Trouble brews when good ol' John falls for Rocha's beautiful daughter Alejandra (Cruz).
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A. Gyurisin on March 2, 2005
Format: DVD
I don't think I will ever understand the disappointing backlash against this film. What I witnessed was not your typical "western" film full of passionate love and implausible events. Instead, what I saw was beautifully captured images, powerful acting by Damon and Thomas, a story that twisted further down a darkened rabbit hole than I was expecting, and this challenging character study that gave us a brief insight to a world that will never be seen by our eyes again. This was not the romantic film that it was marketed as, this was not the adventure that it was marketed as, but instead it was the story of one character and the tribulations that effect him on his journey into the real world. It is the story of a very compassionate man that sees the honest darkness of those around him and must face the consequences of his actions. It showcases amazing acting that may be a bit disturbing for the unfamiliar eye, but to me was nothing short of brilliant. Billy Bob successfully adapted the story from the page, but it was not the film that he wanted. Miramax butchered this film in the marketing aspect, which ultimately hurt it overall. I will never understand why this did not receive the praise it should have, but will never be ashamed to bring it out for friends and family to enjoy. This film was like finding a dollar in the couch, an unexpected surprise that keeps a smile on your face the rest of the day.

I have read several reviews that just completely dismantle Damon's acting in this film. While his accent does fade in and out randomly, it is the way that he carries himself and reacts to the situations that unfold before him that really showcase the true acting ability of this star.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By R. Davis on August 8, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've read several reviews for this movie that were less than flattering. But, in all fairness, this is a very good movie. Maybe it's not as complete as the book. But, what movie is? The actors are all convincing in the roles they play. The story is very good. And, if you are from west Texas, the scenery in this movie will be an added bonus. Watch it for yourself.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on July 2, 2001
Format: DVD
If a movie could ever be used to prove the existence of entropy, "All the Pretty Horses" would definitely be it. Here is a film so devoid of energy and momentum that it seems to be not a movie at all but a succession of still images fading in and out of each other at an enervating pace. Put simply, as director, Billy Bob Thornton has made a world-class snorer out of Cormac McCarthy's best selling novel, for, indeed, rarely has an adventure story seemed so lackluster in its pacing, so inert in its narrative momentum. The characters even seem to talk in muted whispers, as if they were afraid to violate the atmosphere of profundity that surrounds the project.
All that would be fine if the film actually had something profound to say. Unfortunately, this is a pretty shallow story filled with deeper meanings hinted at but never explored and characters who are never given the screen time to grow into fully developed people in their own right. Matt Damon and Henry Thomas star as two Texas cowboys who head to Mexico looking for adventure and en route end up befriending a disturbed teenager, working as horse wranglers on a tycoon's ranch and even spending time in a Mexican penitentiary. In its bare boned outlining, this plot seems rife with possibilities. However, it is difficult to overestimate just how tediously it all plays out on screen. For one thing, the motives for many of the characters' actions remain murky at best, partly, I feel, because the authors rarely seem to know where to best concentrate their focus for maximum clarity and effect.
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