Sunday, October 09, 2011

"Butch Cassidy Lives"

The new film "Blackthorn," which is already available on video on demand and which opened in Los Angeles on Friday, presupposes that the Wild West bandit Butch Cassidy did not die in a sepia-toned shootout as famously depicted in 1969's "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Rather, Shepard, in an increasingly rare lead role, portrays the outlaw as an old man living in the hardscrabble mountains of Bolivia, feeling time passing him by and dreaming of returning to America. His performance is equal parts tender and lonesome, fearsome and commanding.

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