- All the Pretty Horses (film)
name = All the Pretty Horses
caption = "All the Pretty Horses" promotional movie poster
Billy Bob Thornton
December 25, 2000
runtime = 116 min
imdb_id = 0149624
"All the Pretty Horses" is a
2000film, directed by Billy Bob Thorntonand based on the novel of the same title by American author Cormac McCarthy. It stars Matt Damonand Penélope Cruz.
The movie tells the story of John Grady Cole, a sixteen year old cowboy, and his best friend Lacey Rawlins, crossing the border to move south to
They encounter, among others, a young boy named Jimmy Blevins, whom they befriend, and a young aristocrat's daughter, Alejandra, with whom John Grady Cole falls in love. In Mexico he becomes disillusioned by the atrocities of the world.
After Billy Bob Thornton completed his cut (said to be somewhere between three and four hours) producer/distributor
Harvey Weinsteinforced him to cut more than one hour out of it. Peter Biskindsuggests in Down and Dirty Picturesthat this was at least partially done as payback for Thornton's refusal to cut " Sling Blade" down. In the end, Thornton was forced to cut the film down, which had an impact on the storytelling. Matt Damon was publicly critical of this decision, saying to Entertainment Weekly, "You can't cut 35% of the movie and expect it to be the same movie."
Some attempts have been made to release a director's cut DVD, but arrangements can not be reached with the original composer,
Daniel Lanois. As part of the re-cut, Weinstein scrapped the original score and hired Marty Stuart. Lanois felt insulted, and has steadfastly refused to license his score (which, unusually, he owns) to any release of the film.Fact|date=August 2007
Reviews of the film were generally negative, criticizing it as a poor adaptation of the novel and a dramatically un-involving film. The comment of "
Entertainment Weekly" critic Lisa Schwarzbaum was typical: "Faced with a choice of blunt instruments with which to beat a good book into a bad movie, director Billy Bob Thornton chooses heavy, random, arty imagery and a leaden pace." The characters were also derided as undeveloped, and some reviewers considered there to be a lack of chemistry between the lead actors. The film's sweeping visuals, however, were consistently praised.Fact|date=August 2007
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