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All the Pretty Horses (2000)

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Two Texas cowboys head to Mexico in search of work, but soon find themselves in trouble with the law after one of them falls in love with a wealthy rancher's daughter.

Director:

Billy Bob Thornton

Writers:

Cormac McCarthy (novel), Ted Tally (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Damon ... John Grady Cole
Henry Thomas ... Lacey Rawlins
Penélope Cruz ... Alejandra Villarreal
Angelina Torres Angelina Torres ... Luisa (as Angelina C. Torres)
J.D. Young J.D. Young ... Grandfather
Laura Poe ... Mother
Sam Shepard ... J.C. Franklin
Robert Patrick ... Cole
Lucas Black ... Jimmy Blevins
Yvette Diaz Yvette Diaz ... Girl
Imelda Colindres Imelda Colindres ... Girl's Mom
Augustin Solis Augustin Solis ... Manuel (as Agustin Solis)
Rubén Blades ... Don Hector de la Rocha y Villarreal
Elizabeth Ibarra Elizabeth Ibarra ... Maria
Miriam Colon ... Doña Alfonsa (as Miriam Colón)
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Storyline

Two young Texas cowboys on the cusp of manhood ride into 1940's Mexico in search of experience. What they find is a country as chaotic as it is beautiful, as cruel and unfeeling as it is mysterious, where death is a constant, capricious companion. Written by Richard Foxx <spiritranch@earthlink.net>

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Taglines:

Some passions can never be tamed.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Miramax Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Espíritu salvaje See more »

Filming Locations:

Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$57,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,304,971, 25 December 2000

Gross USA:

$15,540,353

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,133,495
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Runtime:

| (original cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Jordana Brewster auditioned for the role of Alejanda. Years later while in an interview for Fast & Furious 6 (2013) she said she was still upset she did not get the role. See more »

Goofs

At the end, when John Grady Cole is riding into Lacey's ranch, we first see him galloping across the field, with the two horses running free on either side of him. After the camera breaks and comes back to John talking to Lacey, both horses have bridles on and John is holding onto them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John Grady Cole: You ever think about dyin'?
Lacey: Yeah. You?
John Grady Cole: Yeah.
Lacey: So, you think there's a heaven?
John Grady Cole: Yeah. Don't you?
Lacey: I don't know. Yeah, maybe. You think you can believe there's a heaven if you don't believe in hell?
John Grady Cole: I guess you can believe what you want to.
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In the opening credits, the Columbia Pictures emblem is not the 2000 one. Instead, it is the circa 1949 version with the woman holding the torch. This is what would have been used at the time the story is set. See more »

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The first cut by director Billy Bob Thornton was ca. 4 hours long. It was later cut down to the 116 min. version released to theatres. See more »

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Unreleased Potential
3 November 2004 | by jonathan_leySee all my reviews

Cormac McCarthy's novel, All The Pretty Horses, the first part of his breath-taking Border Trilogy, is one of the most perfect source materials ever written. Add to this the impressive line-up of talent (Ted Tally adapting, Thornton directing, Matt Damon, back when he was a hot property the first time around, starring) assembled for the film version and it's fair to say my expectations were raised sky high. When the film came out it was buried by the distributor. I managed to catch it in the one week it played at a single cinema in Edinburgh and I would be lying if I didn't admit that the whole experience was a crushing disappointment. It wasn't that the film makers had ballsed the whole thing up, no it was much more frustrating than that. You could tell that somewhere in that film there was a masterpiece straining to get out. Individual sequences impressed but the whole thing moved at such a frenzied pace that the main characters' journey, a true rite of passage in the novel, had become damagingly truncated. The result was underwhelming but at the same time as been annoyed at the film I could tell it wasn't the film makers' fault. It was all too apparent that this was a great film that had had it's guts, it's heart, it's very essence, chopped out of it by a greedy distributor trying to market the film as some kind of Titanic / Young Guns cross over. Guess what, this movie was never going to appeal to the teeny boppers. If only the studio could have realized that and been true to the property they acquired in the first place. My suspicions were confirmed recently when I read an article wherein Matt Damon, a fine actor despite the criticism, claimed that Billy Bob Thornton's integral cut of the movie is the best he's ever been involved in. I don't know about you but that makes me want to see it. Apparently the studio are willing to release this extended cut on DVD (all revenue streams reach the ocean eventually) but Thornton won't settle for anything less than a full cinematic re-release. I can't say I blame him, I get the impression his film deserves at least that much. So for now I can't recommend this film, check out the novel instead and then the rest of Cormac McCarthy's back catalogue. But let's hope that in the not too distant future this film finally gets the treatment I suspect it deserves.


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