The official record of the demise of Butch Cassidy is that he died alongside his outlaw partner, The Sundance Kid, in the village of San Vicente, Bolivia on November 7th, 1908 after a shoot-out with Bolivian soldiers. The 1969 George Roy Hill film, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, ends with the two outlaws (played by Paul Newman and Robert Redford, respectively) frozen in time – running toward the viewer – as they are about to be gunned down.
But what if Butch Cassidy did not die at that time? There have been claims by various writers and even Butch’s youngest sister (Lula, who died in 1980 at 96) that someone else had been killed in San Vicente and that Butch lived to a much later date and even returned to the United States. The new Western-style film Blackthorn, starring American actor-playwright Sam Shepard, imagines just that….that Butch Cassidy did not die in 1908.
Directed by Spanish filmmaker Mateo Gil, Blackthorn sees Cassidy live into his later years in the secluded Bolivian back-country. Shepard’s Cassidy dreams of returning to America and his efforts to do so will bring him one more adventure.
Blackthorn was just released on October 7th – it opened in Los Angeles. One goal of westernsreboot is to support and promote new (and interesting) Westerns as they come out. Here is the trailer for this new film:
(Note: This film is also being made available via video-on-demand services such as iTunes, Zune, etc.)
(Copyright – October 8th, 2011)