Excerpt: If George Roy Hill's 1969 film is to believed, infamous American outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were both killed in a stand-off with the Bolivian military in 1908 following a lengthy pursuit. However, in new DVD and Blu-ray release Blackthorn (2011), Spanish director Mateo Gil hypothesises a scenario where Cassidy (played with grit and gumption by the fantastic Sam Shepard) survived the shoot-out, quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn...
Conclusion: in recent years researchers have attempted to resolve the rumours concerning the death of 'butch cassidy' and 'the sundance kid' in a shootout in a bolivian town in 1908, however after investigating the grave in which the locals claim the two were placed, no 'dna' sample suggests they were placed there. the film tells the tale of 'butch' some years later yearning to return to the 'states' from which he had fleeded with 'sundance' and 'etta' years back.
Summary: With a title like Blackthorn, I was willing to give this a chance thanks to good old fashion allure of the western genre. However with Blackthorn, somewhat of a sequel of sorts to the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, making comparisons was inevitable even just by viewing the trailer. The 1969 film where Butch Cassidy was portrayed by Paul Newman, proved to likeable, shrewd and ruthless when he needed to be.
Summary: I wend to see this movie with my husband at Rialto Cinemas last night and we both really enjoyed it. It was exactly as a western should be and the Butch Cassidy story is always an exciting and interesting one.