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Blackthorn
 
 
Directed by Mateo Gil, Spain/USA 2011
104 mins. English and Spanish dialogue
 
Summary:
 
Visually superb widescreen Western.  Living in Bolivia, Butch Cassidy has changed his name to James Blackthorn and ekes out his days as a rancher.  But when he is bushwhacked by a young thief, he is forced to return to his former life.  Re-imagining the last days of the Western outlaw's life, Mateo Gil's engrossing drama is bolstered by Sam Shepard's fantastic performance.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"It feels as unique as the way the ageing Shepard's eyes appear weirdly independent of the rest of him. He's a bird of prey gazing through the holes in a crumbling wall."  (Antonia Quirke - Financial Times)

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