Remember the ending of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid? Cornered in Bolivia, Butch and Sundance go out all guns blazing just as the camera freezes, giving them a heroic finale. This new film posits the theory that Butch didn't die. He's now known as Blackthorn (the grizzled Sam Shepard), trying to live a quiet life in his adopted country of Bolivia. He may not be looking for trouble, but trouble comes looking for him in the form of a Spanish thief he comes across. Soon both of them are on the run again... Making good use of its picturesque Bolivian locations, Blackthorn is a well-made and involving film. There's some local interest in too, as there are three Irish actors in it. Ultimately though, it feels a little one-note - a character piece very much centred around one person. Flashbacks to Butch and Sundance's glory days fill in some gaps in the story, but perhaps not enough. All the same though, it's an entertaining and soulful western (or should that be southern?).
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