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Shown: January 12, 2013 at 6pm

Director : Mateo Gil

Country : Spain/USA

Release Date : 2011

Duration : 104 mins

Language : English and Spanish

Subtitles : Yes

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.

“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)