Blackthorn (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 7, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2011
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

This story, parboiled out of one of the most memorable Westerns, is supported all the way by Gil's directing.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In place of a rousing adventure, "Blackthorn" is a haunting ode.

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Will Leitch

It's a perfect part for Shepard, and "Blackthorn" provides considerable pleasure just in watching him ride a horse and bark around.

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Guy Lodge
Time Out

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

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Andy Lea
Daily Star

With Paul Newman no longer with us, no other actor could have fitted so snugly into the legendary outlaw's old boots.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

It ain't Paul Newman and Robert Redford, but it ain't bad.

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Michael O'Sullivan
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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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
paul sandberg
News flash - Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid faked their deaths at the hands of the Bolivian militia. Wow - ok, so what if ??? This is the jumping off… More
Walter M.
With the world having thought him dead for twenty years, Butch Cassidy(Sam Shepard), aka James Blackthorn, can afford to relax on his ranch in Bolivia and spend… More
Cynthia S.
This was rather well done......Legend has it that Butch and Sundance were killed in a shootout in Bolivia. There is a theory, however, that this legend is… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Blackthorn is a truly great, meditative, smart, and beautiful Western that is also undoubtedly one of the best films of 2011. The screenplay is very well… More
Cast: Sam Shepard, Stephen Rea, Magaly Solier, Eduardo Noriega, Daniel Aguirre, Dominique McElligott, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Padraic Delaney, Cristian Mercado,… More
Cameron Johnson
Man, now that's one heck of a poster! It's all dark and pale, with Sam shepard holding a shotgun right in front of his serious face, with a title like… More