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  • Rated R
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independent, special interest

Sam Shepard is Butch Cassidy in this thrilling western about the legendary outlaw's return from exile.

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Fresh: If nothing else, the film reminds just how arresting an actor Shepard can be. Like Blackthorn, he's only gotten better with age.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fresh: Spanish director Mateo Gil reappraises the last desperado's legend in a funny, violent examination of America and American cowboy films.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Thursday, October 13, 2011

Fresh: Gil's alternative history gets one thing bang-on right: If Butch were to live into his senior days, he'd absolutely have to be played by Shepard.

- Eric Hynes, Time Out New York, Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Audience Reviews

3 stars

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 some quality time with Yana(Magaly Solier). Still, he is restless and has gotten tired of waiting for Che Guevara to show up, so he sells his horses in order to return to his home country. But an altercation with Eduardo(Eduardo Noriega), a Spanish national, separates him from his horse and his money. To make it up to him and save his own life, Eduardo mentions the mine he just robbed. All of which gets Butch thinking of the old days when he used to ride with the Sundance Kid(Padraic Delaney) and Etta Place(Dominique McElligott, of "Hell on Wheels"). The best part of "Blackthorn" is the beautiful Bolivian scenery, especially the salt flats sequence. At the same time, that along with an extended cameo overshadow the lived-in and low-key performance from Sam Shepard which also fits in well with Butch Cassidy being more of a passive anti-hero this time around. But if you are going to the trouble to take a legendary outlaw like Cassidy out of cultural retirement, shouldn't one at least think of a better story that can stand on its own? For example, nothing against Bolivia of which we get some valuable history here, I think it would have worked out significantly better if this had been about Butch Cassidy already living in the United States as something of a living ghost.

- gator681, Tuesday, March 19, 2013

2 stars

Sam Shepard gives a stellar go here an Old Butch Cassidy but other that that much of this Western is slow paced and much of the same old same old

- fb100000196560296, Sunday, March 24, 2013

2 stars

Sam Shepard is excellent, the cinematography is superb and the Bolivian landscapes are amazing. But sadly, I lost interest in the story about half way.

- fb1194678074, Thursday, January 12, 2012