All the Pretty Horses 2001

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This moving, rugged adventure combines drama, excitement and romance in an epic story of a young man's journey through love, longing, betrayal, loss and survival.

Starring:
Matt Damon, Henry Thomas
Runtime:
1 hour 52 minutes

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All the Pretty Horses

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Genres Drama
Director Billy Bob Thornton
Starring Matt Damon, Henry Thomas
Supporting actors Lucas Black, Penelope Cruz, Ruben Blades, Robert Patrick, Bruce Dern, Sam Shepard, Julio Oscar Mechoso
Studio Miramax
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
I am surprised that at this time of writing no one has taken the time to review this film. It is based on the much acclaimed novel of the same title by Cormac McCarthy. The book was the first in his monumental border trilogy. A body of work that helped propel McCarthy to his richly deserved Pulitzer prize.

The story is about two young cowboys John Grady Cole and Lacey Rawlings who travel South of the border to Mexico in the late 1940s. In Coles case it is to escape family problems. These young men are the best of American manhood. The spirit of the old frontiersman still burns brightly in them. On their journey they meet a youth called Blevins who looks like trouble and sure enough turns out to be trouble with a capital T. After a few scrapes they end up working on a hacienda where Cole falls for the daughter of the his new boss. This leads to further problems and after another traumatic meeting with Blevins they spend time in a Mexican prison. Prisons in Mexico then as now were not noted for their five star treatment of inmates. I will not spoil the rest for you.

Matt Damon plays John Grady Cole and is a little wooden in the part. Leonardo DeCaprio and Brad Pitt were the first choices but both came a bit expensive. It would have been interesting to see how they would have fared. Penelope Cruz is ravishing in the role of the ranchers daughter but the love affair was not overly convincing. Bruce Dern also threw in a good cameo.

The original directors cut was four hours long so Billy Bob Thornton the director was sent back to the cutting room. You have to admire his efforts for art but wonder just how much of his vision was lost in the cut footage. The film is still quite long at over two hours. What remains is still a good film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
All the Pretty Horses is directed by Billy Bob Thornton and adapted from Cormac McCarthy's novel of the name name by Ted Tally. It stars Matt Damon, Penélope Cruz, Henry Thomas & Lucas Black. Marty Stuart scores the music and Barry Markowitz photographs it. Plot finds Damon as John Grady Cole, a young cowboy who travels with his best friend, Lacey Rawlings, from Texas across the border into Mexico. It's a journey that sees acquaintances come and go, love blossom and the harshness of the world become all too real to such young eyes.

A big financial disaster for Columbia Pictures and Miramax Films who lost nearly $40 million on the film. Serves them right I say, for Thornton's original cut was a long epic piece thought to be around three and a half hours in length. But good old Harvey Weinstein demanded drastic cuts to be made and Thornton had to trim it to just nearly two hours in running time. That's a lot of story gone astray, and boy does it show, no wonder Damon himself bitterly commented that to lose 35% of your movie ultimately leaves you with a completely different film. It's such a shame because although it's now a film chocked with flaws and flow problems, one can see that in its original cut there had to be at worst an involving rites-of-passage story.

So what are we left with? Well it's certainly not a donkey. It drips with period atmosphere and comes resplendent with a poetic beauty thanks to Markowitz's photography.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 May 2004
Format: DVD
A supremely ambitious effort by Billy Bob Thornton in attempting to film an astonishing book that endures mainly due to Cormac McCarthy's uniquely beautiful prose, All the Pretty Horses was shot down on release due mainly to appallingly bad word of mouth.
Initially slated to star DiCaprio, the film ended up with Matt Damon as John Grady Cole. Damon is excellent and when you consider the flexibility he has demonstrated in his acting (Talented Mr Ripley, Good Will Hunting, Bourne Identity, Stuck on You), the man deserves more praise than he receives. His performance in this film is excellent, and should prove recognisable to people who have read the book first.
Thornton's direction is, in my opinion, truly epic, full of meandering shots of the harsh landscape and giving a real sense of how life as a cowboy must have been at that particular, post WWII time of heightened uncertainty.
The two huge bonuses the film version of All the Pretty Horses present are however Lucas Black (as the brash Blevins) and the soundtrack. In my view, there has not been a better 'original soundtrack' in my lifetime (age 27). As far as westerns go, it is pitch perfect. The negative reaction to the film undoubtedly prevented this haunting, evocative soundtrack winning an Oscar. While the music doesn't need that validation, it would certainly have helped it sell more!
A quick note on Lucas Black (ably assisted by ET's Henry Thomas), whose performance certainly rated amongst the best of that particular year, but who was again brushed aside when it came to awards. Why we haven't seen more of him on the big (or small screen - American Gothic launched Black) is both confusing and irritating.
Highly recommended - and you should make every effort to seek out the soundtrack too.
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