Blackthorn. It’s the 1920s and a nostalgic James Blackthorn (Sam Shepard) AKA Butch Cassidy is raising horses in Bolivia and yearning for home when he becomes entangled with Eduardo Apodaca (Eduardo Noriega), a payroll thief. Posses gallop in pursuit, interrupted by numerous flashbacks to Cassidy’s earlier career with the Sundance Kid and Etta Place. Mackinley (Stephen Rea), a morose, rummy ex-Pinkteron, joins the chase, desultorily. Director Mateo Gil recruited a scenic supporting cast: Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, Cordillera Real, and Yungas Road, el Camino de Muerte. Available on demand and opening in the US in select theaters October 7, 2011.
Butch Cassidy and the Outlaw Trail. KUED producer John Howe traces Butch and Sundance from the Rocky Mountains to their exile in Argentina and Bolivia. Exceptionally informative documentary. Narrated by Hal Holbrook.
What Ever Happened to Butch & Sundance?. Video recording of a 1996 WOLA symposium at which experts with conflicting views explored the controversy over whether Butch and Sundance died in San Vicente or returned to the United States.
American Justice: Outlaws. A&E documentary about famous outlaws of the Old West, including Jesse James, the Dalton Brothers, and Butch Cassidy.
Crimes in Time. History Channel documentary about exciting crime stories in history, from the Great Train Robbery to Butch Cassidy’s escapades.
Trains Unlimited: Railroad Police. History Channel documentary about how American railroads have protected their passengers and cargo from the era of the Pinkertons to today.
Wanted: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Windfall Films and NOVA/WGBH documentary follows forensic anthropologist Clyde Snow and team’s efforts to locate Butch and Sundance’s grave in Bolivia. A good look at the ins and outs of forensic science, as well as an introduction to a German miner named Gustav Zimmer. Copies are hard to find; try eBay.