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There are many good things about "Blackthorn" -- Sam Shepard's acting, for instance. The scenery is also excellent, albeit dully colored. I would have chosen a better film stock. Most of the colors seemed drab and lifeless to me. That may be partially due to the generally overcast skies that were the norm in Bolivia - at least that appears to be the case when they were shooting this film. But I believe that either the film they used did not reproduce the colors well or there was something wrong with the projector at the theater in which I saw it. Yet even with the lack of color saturation, there were some spectacular vistas as our hero made his way across the country. The director made excellent use of the widescreen format.
Another interesting aspect of the movie was the back-story - the flashbacks to the early 1900's with Butch, Sundance, and Etta Place. Those flashbacks provide a possible explanation as to how Butch and Sundance survived the infamous gun battle with the Bolivian army and why they split up. Enough said about that. (No spoilers here.)
I will mention that, historically speaking, while there is evidence of two American bandits being killed in a gun battle with a few soldiers (not an entire army) and a couple others from a small Bolivian town, later DNA evidence ruled out those bandits as being either Butch or Sundance. Also, many people have stated they met with and/or knew Robert Leroy Parker (aka Butch Cassidy) after he moved back to the U.S. (using an alias, of course).Read more ›
There are a lot of ways the writer and director could have screwed this up, in just my opinion they dodged all the bullets. Like so many people I have a long term love affair with "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," so any movie taking a stab at sequel-ing that is running on dangerous ground. But they pulled it off.
If you like sweeping scenery, genuine-feeling westerns, GREAT acting (Shepard is beyond perfect all the way to amazing) those are all reasons enough to watch Blackthorn. I paid $9.99 to watch "before its in the theaters," and it was definitely worth it for me.
The performances here in every way match the beauty of the landscape photography here. This is an excellent character study with a nice conversation regarding the nature of true crime.
Really liked this one. Try it, I think you'll like it.
*Also try - Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid & Meek's Cutoff
(Magnolia Pictures, 2011)
Note: mild spoilers below
Sam Shepard stars in this moody "what if" western which asks, what if Butch Cassidy had actually survived the big ambush in Bolivia, and lived as a free man in exile? In this film, an old and grizzled Cassidy lives a humble life tucked away on a small ranch in the mountains of Bolivia. Twenty years later, when circumstances arise, he is called back to the United States and cashes out his loot in preparation of the journey. Of course, with a man of destiny such as Cassidy, nothing is ever that simple and he is soon drawn into a new adventure, involving a younger outlaw with problems of his own. The pace is pretty slow and perhaps overly-deliberate, with a notably understated performance from Shepard, and a nice appearance by Stephen Rea. Includes some gorgeous landscape cinematography of the Andean mountains and plateaus. (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)
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On a scale of 1 to 10 - ( 1 being don't waste your time and 10 being Awesomely Great and Will watch again ); I give this a Solid 7 . Read morePublished 6 days ago by tubes5150
I really enjoyed this movie. It's for all us bandits getting older. Excellent acting and story, just not sure how I managed to not hear of it until 2016.Published 1 month ago by Steven Ritacco
Maybe if I had never seen "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" I would have appreciated this movie. But I didn't even finish watching this. The acting was not bad. Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. M. Culpepper Jr.
It's nice to see Sam Shepard commit to a whole movie. One where he doesn't die within the first ten minutes or his role is so small he may have ten lines of dialogue. Read morePublished 2 months ago by gslegra
Not a bad movie on what may have happened to Butch and Sundance.Published 3 months ago by Fishnut 88