All the Pretty Horses

All the Pretty Horses

DVD - 2006
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Rated PG-13.
John Grady Cole and his best friend Lacey Rawlins leave Texas, head south of the border in search of adventure, and find work as horse wranglers. But when Cole embarks on an illicit and passionate affair with the beautiful daughter of the wealthy ranch owner who is his employer, events are set in motion which forever change the lives of all involved.

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fannie44
Aug 01, 2015

I dunno about the criticisms. I'm not a movie buff and am not familiar with all the directors or the similarities to other movies such as REVENGE.
I watched it because I enjoyed reading McCarthy's novels, including this one. I actually gained some insights into the novel, as McCarthy's kind of cryptic in some of his writings. Maybe you have to hit me over the head with a hammer to get my attention and understanding, but this isn't the first movie made from McCarthy's novels that I've gained insight and understanding.
I was entertained, but I thought Penelope Cruz was unconvincing in her characterization. I don't know about "this usually very reliable acting pair," but I didn't get any sense of chemistry between them, either.

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nhoj
Aug 13, 2012

A good western directed by B.B.Thornton starring Mat Damon. A good western with a literate script from a novel by Cormac McCarthy.

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joseph
Nov 08, 2010

Skip It - All the Pretty Horses (2000) 116 min. Groan. Billy Bob Thorton directs Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz in one of the dullest westerns ever made. The scenery is the only redeeming quality of this film. Slow as molasses and not worth the time and effort to watch.

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Michael
Sep 21, 2008

This very well may be an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel, but it's also a dead-ringer rip-off of the film REVENGE (1990), starring Kevin Costner, with Anthony Quinn and Madeleine Stowe, and directed by Tony Scott (Costner had wanted to direct it himself). And frankly, ALL THE PRETTY HORSES director Billy Bob Thornton, is no Tony Scott, which might explain why stars Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz, are so dramatically flat in this picture. Thornton's direction is all over the place, and he fails to get a rise out of this usually very reliable acting pair - and their accompanying cast - thus, failing the film and ultimately the viewers. There's some wonderful cinematography but other than that, it's a rather boring end result of what could have been a great tribute to the modern Western movie. See Costner's flic REVENGE (you may have to rent it elsewhere - or ask OPL for an Inter-Library transfer - 'cause OPL doesn't have it!), instead. It's the better version!

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phyllis49
Mar 13, 2012

When his grandfather dies and his absent mother sells the family ranch, John Grady Cole finds himself without a home or a job, and decides to leave Texas with his best friend, Lacey Rawlins, hoping to find work as a cowboy.
Matt Damon, Henry Thomas, Penelope Cruz, Lucas Black, Ruben Blades, Robert Patrick, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Miriam Colon, BruceDern, Sam Shepard

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