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All The Pretty Horses

This article first appeared in the May 2023 digital edition of Equestrian Life. To see what's in the current issue, click here.

 Matt Damon and Henry Thomas. Image supplied.

Matt Damon and Henry Thomas starred in the film adaption of 'All The Pretty Horses'. Image supplied.


All The Pretty Horses

By Suzy Jarratt

Cormac McCarthy has written several books which have been made into films – The Road, No Country for Old Men, The Counselor, – and All the Pretty Horses, probably this American writer’s most romantic and least complex novel.

Matt Damon stars as teenager John Grady Cole with Henry Thomas (E.T.’s mate back in 1982) as his friend Lacey Rawlins. Lucas Black was 13-year-old Jimmy Blevins and Penelope Cruz makes her Hollywood debut as the love interest, Alejandra. Set in the 1940s, the picture features Damon, who was born in Massachusetts and went to Harvard, as a young Texan struggling to survive in an atmosphere bent on defeating his cowboy ethics. 

Cole and Rawlins encounter various adventures including meeting up with a 13-year-old misfit named Blevins. Arriving at a hacienda the two cowboys are hired as vaqueros and Grady falls in love with Alejandra, the wealthy ranch owner’s daughter, leading to a series of brutal events.

“It’s a story about desolation and endless searching,” explained Thomas. “Grady’s looking for his space in a changing world...”

Read the full article in the May 2023 issue of Equestrian Life magazine here.



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