All the Pretty Horses Movie Review Summary

Actors: Matt Damon, Henry Thomas, Lucas Black, Penelope Cruz

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Billy Bob Thornton continues his promise of filmmaking excellence after Sling Blade with this hauntingly beautiful adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's celebrated novel. Finding himself without a home after his Hollywood-bound mother sells the family's Texas ranch, Matt Damon travels down to Mexico with best friend Henry Thomas to find work and a place to stay. The vistas are gorgeous and the poetry that is created by Thornton's excellent mix of musical score, photography and subtle editing make it one of the very best films this year. Damon's performance is unforgettable, while Penelope Cruz as the love interest is unfortunately not (which is okay because she makes up for it in Woman On Top).
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The review of this Movie prepared by Bil Antoniou

Based upon the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy, "All the Pretty Horses" stars Matt Damon, who, due to circumstances beyond his control, saddles up and heads south from Texas into Mexico. It's a North American odyssey, a terrific rite of passage, and Matt Damon is up to the role. Rough, tough, violent, he faces the absolute hopelessness of his situation and his environment (he grows up quite rapidly). Fortunately, McCarthy has two more books in this trilogy to go (but neither deserves the praise that "All the Pretty Horses" won and are not likely to be filmed).
The review of this Movie prepared by Bill Hobbs

Matt Damon and his buddy ride off to Mexico in hopes of
living like cowboys and enjoying the cowboy life. Damon falls in love with the ranch-owner's daughter, is wrongly accused of a crime and fights to get back to his lover.

The review of this Movie prepared by Holly McQuillan

Script Analysis of All the Pretty Horses

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   American West Lover is...    -   of a different social class    -   of another race (interracial loving!)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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