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It’s been said that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. In BLACKTHORN, Cassidy (Sam 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 U.S. 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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 72
- Fresh: 54
- Rotten: 18
- Average Rating: 6.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A different kind of Western - somber, reflective and set in the elevated plains and salt flats of Bolivia.
Fresh: Each frame is a crystalline jaw-dropper that places the smallish actions of men within a vast canvas of lush jungle, lunar salt flats, Andean snow, and desert sand. The result is a pretty good movie that almost looks better than it needs to.
Rotten: "Blackthorn" feels less like a proper sequel to "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," which it purports to be, than a coattail rider.
Fresh: This story, parboiled out of one of the most memorable Westerns, is supported all the way by Gil's directing.
Serious western to close a chapter.
Aside from it being beautifully shot and acted, the story is compelling and unique. A must if you are a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fan, but also has a story that allows it to stand on is own. Brilliant cinematic tips of the hat to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid without being too heavy handed. Dont expect an action packed thriller. Its more on the side of Unforgiven in that it is a look into true friendship. I feel as if a chapter has been closed, with Sam Shepard picking up Paul Neman's pen to write "The End"
What an amazing movie. Great visual landscapes, great acting and writing. What's also pretty neat is that both actors portraying Butch Cassidy resemble each other. I loved it and wished the story went on.