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All the Pretty Horses


Billy Bob Thornton

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Plot Summary

Director Billy Bob Thornton explores coming of age in this Western based on Cormac McCarthy's prize-winning novel of the same name. John Grady Cole (Matt Damon) and Lacey Rawlins (Henry Thomas) are young Texan men who seek a more fulfilling life as cowboys in the slowly fading Old West, circa 1949. One night, the duo head for Mexico in hope of finding some adventure and employment, and along the way run into Blevins (Lucas Black), an even younger drifter who has supposedly stolen a horse from private property. Begrudgingly, Cole and Rawlins take him under their wing before they eventually find themselves in Mexico, working for a wealthy landowner (Ruben Blades). His stalwart and beautiful daughter Alejandra (Penelope Cruz) develops a romantic interest in Cole, which threatens the friendship between him and Rawlins, not to mention their living quarters, where Alejandra's watchful aunt (Miriam Colon) warns Cole that she has professed allegiance to her. Cole and Rawlins' thrill-seeking adventures with Blevins and the stolen horse catch up to them, however, and they are held prisoners in a brutal penitentiary, where their cowboy instincts are put to the ultimate test. Cole, meanwhile, wants nothing more than to get back to Alejandra and resume their love affair. The film also features Bruce Dern in a small role as a judge who eventually gives much-desired guidance to Cole.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 99
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 67
  • Average Rating: 4.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: A boy's adventure story that has mistaken itself for an epic, and it rattles around in its own ambitions like a child's head in a 10-gallon hat. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: In an odd way Pretty Horses has been too faithful to the spirit of this somber, fatalistic, melancholy romance, too much a stubborn ode to stoicism, to light any emotional fires. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: A string of gorgeous pictures whose visual impact doesn't nearly resonate with the potency of the book's. – Jay Carr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: McCarthy's novel employs the coming of age narrative in service of his sanguineous spiritual vision, and for the film to renounce that philosophy is to give up its soul and be rendered lifeless. – Steve Mirarchi, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Love it!

One of the best movies!!!! I highly recommend it!!

All the Pretty Horses

Good camera work. Matt Damon is great and Lucas Black is AWESOME!! Oh, and of course Ms Cruz.... very lovely. I loved the pace of the movie, the acting, the direction, the scenery. Just a good all arounder


I loved this movie!! A most watch. It was more of a coming of age, guy road trip adventure than a romance movie. A feel good kind of movie. It showed the best and the worse of the human spirit. The horses were gorgeous and the horses were a big part of the movie. The landscape was beautiful. Good ending. It was awesome.

All the Pretty Horses
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2001

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