• Director: Mateo Gil
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  • Producer: Ibon Cormenzana, Andres Santana
  • Cast: Sam Shephard, Eduardo Noriega, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
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It's been said that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. In BLACKTHORN, Cassidy (Sam Shepard) survived and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the U.S. and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy sets out on the long journey home. But when an unexpected encounter with an ambitious young criminal (Eduardo Noriega) derails his plans, he is thrust into one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn't experienced since his glory days with the Sundance Kid.




"Engaging and enjoyable, this is an impressively directed, beautifully shot Western with a thoughtful script and terrific performances from Sam Shepard and Eduardo Noriega."
"To Blackthorn, which is essentially a small-scale psychological film, [Sam Shephard] brings a whole body of work and personal experience. His version of the elderly Butch Cassidy, a man of a certain probity still attempting to make sense of himself, is among his finest, most nuanced performances. Watching this sombre, elegiac film I was reminded of Shepard's book Motel Chronicles, a beguiling collection of observations, jottings and poems he made while drifting around the west, and particularly of one endearing item dated '4/28/80, Santa Rosa, Ca"
Philip French, THE OBSERVER
"Sam Shepard illuminated the old West - or at least the South American parts - with creaky charisma. He unleashes a growly old timer to rival Rooster Cogburn or Will Munny."
Ian Nathan, EMPIRE
"It's a Western, sure - with a quite typical genre plot about stolen booty, border-guards and fortune hunters - and yet 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."


  • 13 Award Nominations
  • 7 Award Wins