Year: 2000
USA: Miramax Films
UK: Columbia Pictures
Cast: Matt Damon, Henry Thomas, Penelope Cruz, Lucas Black, Ruben Blades, Robert Patrick, Bruce Dern, Sam Shepard, Miriam Colon, Jesse Plemons
Director: Billy Bob Thornton
Country: USA
USA: 117 mins
UK: 116 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for violence and some sexuality
UK Certificate: 15 contains moderate sex and horror, and strong violence
USA Release Date: 25 December 2000
UK Release Date: 25 May 2001


A sweeping odyssey about a young man's encounters with responsibility, love, revenge and survival - this is the tale of a young Texan named John Grady Cole (Matt Damon), who finds himself without a home after his mother sells the ranch where he spent his entire life. Lured by the romance of the cowboy life South of the border, and the promise of a fresh start, Cole and his best pal Lacey Rawlins (Henry Thomas) embark on the adventure they've always dreamed about.

As they make their way towards the Rio Grande, and a land far from home they cross paths with a volatile teenage misfit (Lucas Black) - an encounter that will precipitate much of the trouble that lies ahead. Before long, Cole falls in love with the beautiful young daughter (Penelope Cruz) of a wealthy Mexican landowner, an affair forbidden by her family. As Cole follows the wild path of his heart, he is led on a journey he could never have expected - a towering journey that will test his resilience, define his maturity and change his life forever.

Winner of the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and deemed an instant classic by critics and readers alike, 'All The Pretty Horses' is the first volume of Cormac McCarthy's honored Border Trilogy.