All the Pretty Horses (2000)
Critic Consensus: This adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's novel comes off as rather flat and uninvolving. Scenes feel rushed and done in shorthand, and the romance between Damon and Cruz has no sparks.
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as John Grady Cole
as Jimmy Belvins
as Lacey Rawlins
as J.C. Franklin
as Dona Alfonsa
as Young Grady
as Judge's Wife
as Lieutenant's Man
as Deputy Smith
as Man at Car
as Girl's Mom
as Mary Catherine
as Mary Catherine's Friend
as Prison Singer
as Clapping Man
as Lieutenant's Man
Critic Reviews for All the Pretty Horses
McCarthy's novel employs the coming of age narrative in service of his sanguineous spiritual vision, and for the film to renounce that philosophy is to give up its soul and be rendered lifeless.
Lovely but disengaging, mysterious but uninvolving, physical but strangely remote.
Working from Ted Tally's casually artful script, director Billy Bob Thornton guides Matt Damon, Henry Thomas and Penelope Cruz to their most impressive performances in a major movie yet.
Whether you're familiar with the story or not, you'll have trouble feeling connected to it.
Feels at once too slow and yet oddly truncated.
Lacks an essential sense of purpose.
Audience Reviews for All the Pretty Horses
An ok film overall. Great aesthetics but the narrative wasn't really shown too well. I'll have to read the book and find out if that's McCarthys fault or the makers of this film. It had hints of a summer romance film but didn't quite get there which is a shame since performances were good.
I thought that this was a really good movie, despite alot of bad reviews. I say this even though I am not a Penelope Cruz fan, but I AM a Matt Damon fan...so this probably helped my opinion. I think that he did a fantastic job. I thought that this was going to be primarily a love story, but it was so much more than that.
Not really a western but a way of life. This is a graet flix, Matt plays an excellent part, not sure why I missed it when it was in the theathers. Worth adding to your collection
All the Pretty Horses Quotes
|Alejandra:||I didn't know that my father could stop lovin' me. I didn't know that he could. Now I know.|
|Jimmy Blevins:||At the gettin place|
|Jimmy Blevins:||At the gettin place.|
|John Grady Cole:||Lacey once asked me if I thought God looks out for people. I guess he does. I say he's just about got to. I don't believe we'd make it a day otherwise.|
|Judge:||The trouble with a liar is that he can't remember what he said.|