Blackthorn

Rated R 98 minutes 2011

Gorgeous Bolivian scenery, matching cinematography by Juan Ruiz Anchia, and Sam Shepard’s crotchety, Sam-the-Lion portrayal of the aging yanqui outlaw Butch Cassidy – all those can’t compensate for the slack writing and unsteady direction of actors in Mateo Gil’s sequel to Paul Newman/Robert Redford/George Roy Hill’s iconic 1969 western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The idea is that the earlier movie’s famous freeze-frame final shot was wrong, and that Butch, now known as Blackthorn (Shepard), actually lived on to a flinty old age in Bolivia, circa 1927. Not a bad concept, but director Gil and screenwriter Miguel Barros, a pair of Spaniards, never quite find the handle and the movie peters out before Butch does. Costarring Stephen Rea as a curious Irish interloper and Magaly Solier as Yana, Butch’s Bolivian squeeze, with Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Irish thesp Padraic Delaney as Newman and Redford, respectively, in flashback. (98 min.)

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Director: Mateo Gil

Producer: Andres Santana and Ibón Cormenzana

Cast: Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega, Stephen Rea, Magaly Solier, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Padraic Delaney and Dominique McElligott

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