Blackthorn Trailer Brings Back Butch Cassidy
08.26.11 by Ryan
The first trailer has been released for Blackthorn, the English-language debut movie for director Mateo Gil, known for his screenplays for Vanilla Sky and The Sea Inside.
The movie explores the myth that notorious train and bank robber Butch Cassidy survived the fatal shooting he and his partner the Sundance Kid suffered in the hands of Bolivian police in 1908, and sees Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright, actor, and director Sam Shepard play Cassidy. The former outlaw is living in Bolivia under the name James Blackthorn and becomes embroiled in his last adventure while trying to travel back to the United States. Blackthorn debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, after which Magnolia Pictures picked up the U.S. distribution rights.
Shot entirely in Bolivia, the terrain is beautifully shot by Gil, and looks every bit the classic American Western as the last Butch Cassidy movie, 1969's Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Before watching the trailer, here's the official synopsis for Blackthorn.
It's been said (but unsubstantiated) that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908. In Blackthorn, Cassidy (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 US 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.
Blackthorn was written by Miguel Barros, and co-stars Stephen Rea (Underworld: Awakening) and Magaly Solier (Amador).