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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This story, parboiled out of one of the most memorable Westerns, is supported all the way by Gil's directing."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"In place of a rousing adventure, "Blackthorn" is a haunting ode."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It's a perfect part for Shepard, and "Blackthorn" provides considerable pleasure just in watching him ride a horse and bark around."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Embodied effectively by a craggy Sam Shepard, it is not the physicality of Shepard that convinces us of his identity, but his character and the morals by which he lives"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"A leisurely, elegiac production that needed a sharper focus."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Shepard's crusty charisma gives this dignified genre effort its pulse: a growl-off between his Butch and Jeff Bridges's Rooster Cogburn is surely the next chapter."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
"Although Shepard is perfectly cast as a world-weary outlaw reluctantly drawn into one more adventure, the movie doesn't quite justify the resuscitation of classic film characters for another outing."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"With Paul Newman no longer with us, no other actor could have fitted so snugly into the legendary outlaw's old boots."
‑ Andy Lea, Daily Star
"Offers a fascinating imaginary sequel to the story of Butch and Sundance."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"A subtle film that balances drama with gunplay."
‑ Mark Adams, Daily Mirror [UK]
"It ain't Paul Newman and Robert Redford, but it ain't bad."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
""Blackthorn" feels less like a proper sequel to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which it purports to be, than a coattail rider."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Sam Shepard delivers a terrific, dry performance as the older Butch Cassidy, his stoic view of life honed by years of reflection and self realisation. It's a well written screenplay and director Mateo Gil makes the most of it"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"A Western in possession of a social conscience, but without lapsing into preaching or patronising, this is an unassuming film in some ways, but ultimately it's self-assured, elegiac and sometimes strikingly beautiful."
‑ John A. Riley, Electric Sheep
"While Shepard is a classically, charming and grizzled Western anti-hero, his co-star Eduardo Noriega, above, makes for a stiff sidekick."
‑ Grant Rollings, Sun Online
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