Blackthorn | Chicago Reader

Blackthorn

Sam Shepard stars as an aging Butch Cassidy, who has survived the gun battle with the Bolivian military that supposedly killed him and the Sundance Kid in 1908. After many years scratching along as a horse trader, Cassidy resolves to cash in his chips and sneak back into the U.S. to reunite with family members, a scheme that goes awry when he's stranded in the desert with a no-good varmint played by Eduardo Noriega. Their story is intercut with flashbacks involving the young Cassidy, Sundance, and Etta Place, which you may not be able to watch without humming "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head." Shepard is the whole show here, as weathered and elemental as the harsh Bolivian locations; the movie's best scenes are those that pit him against Stephen Rea as a former Pinkerton man who tracked the outlaws for years and can't believe Cassidy is still drawing breath. Mateo Gil directed.

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Director:

  • Mateo Gil

Cast:

  • Sam Shepard
  • Eduardo Noriega
  • Stephen Rea
  • Magaly Solier
  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
  • Padraic Delaney
  • Dominique McElligott

Producers:

  • Andres Santana
  • Ibón Cormenzana

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