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All the Pretty Horses Details


Director Billy Bob Thornton explores coming of age in this Western based on Cormac McCarthy's prize-winning novel of the same name. John Grady Cole (Matt Damon) and Lacey Rawlins (Henry Thomas) are young Texan men who seek a more fulfilling life as cowboys in the slowly fading Old West, circa 1949. One night, the duo head for Mexico in hope of finding some adventure and employment, and along the way run into Blevins (Lucas Black), an even younger drifter who has supposedly stolen a horse from private property. Begrudgingly, Cole and Rawlins take him under their wing before they eventually find themselves in Mexico, working for a wealthy landowner (Ruben Blades). His stalwart and beautiful daughter Alejandra (Penelope Cruz) develops a romantic interest in Cole, which threatens the friendship between him and Rawlins, not to mention their living quarters, where Alejandra's watchful aunt (Miriam Colon) warns Cole that she has professed allegiance to her. Cole and Rawlins' thrill-seeking adventures with Blevins and the stolen horse catch up to them, however, and they are held prisoners in a brutal penitentiary, where their cowboy instincts are put to the ultimate test. Cole, meanwhile, wants nothing more than to get back to Alejandra and resume their love affair. The film also features Bruce Dern in a small role as a judge who eventually gives much-desired guidance to Cole. ~ Jason Clark, Rovi

  • Release date:December 11, 2000


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Larry Paxton Best Original Score 2000 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Marty Stuart Best Original Score 2000 Nominee
National Board of Review Ted Tally Best Screenplay 2000 Winner


Matt Damon
as John Grady Cole
Henry Thomas
as Lacey Rawlins
Lucas Black
as Jimmy Blevins
Penélope Cruz
as Alejandra
Rubén Blades
as Rocha
Robert Patrick
as Cole
Julio Oscar Mechoso
as Captain
Miriam Colon
as Alfonsa
Bruce Dern
as Judge
Sam Shepard
as J.C. Franklin
Jesse Plemons
as Young Grady


Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
Robert Salerno
Cormac McCarthy
Book Author
Ted Tally
Barry Markowitz
Larry Paxton
Composer (Music Score)
Marty Stuart
Composer (Music Score)
Sally Menke
Clark Hunter
Production Designer
Max Biscoe
Art Director
Bruce Heller
Mary Ann Madden
Jonathan Gordon
Executive Producer
Sally Menke
Executive Producer
Thomas Minton
Set Designer
Traci Kirshbaum
Set Decorator
Doug Hall
Costume Designer
Stephen Flick
Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Hensz
First Assistant Director
Mary Vernieu
Anne McCarthy
Paul Ledford
Sound Mixer
Fred Murphy
Additional Cinematography
Fred Murphy
Second Unit Director
Fred Murphy
Second Unit Director Of Photography
Buddy Van Horn
Stunts Coordinator
Stephen Flick
Sound Director
Lisa Satriano
Second Unit Assistant Director