All the Pretty Horses

Synopsis: Two young Texas cowboys on the cusp of manhood ride into 1940's Mexico in search of experience. What they find is a country as chaotic as it is beautiful, as cruel and unfeeling as it is mysterious, where death is a constant, capricious companion.
Director(s): Billy Bob Thornton
Production: Miramax
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

You ever think about dying?

Yeah. You?

Yeah. Some.

You think there's a heaven?

Yeah. Don't you?

I don't know.

Yeah, maybe.

Can you believe there's a heaven|if you don't believe in hell?

I guess you can believe|what you want to.

This ranch has been in my family|as long as anyone can remember.

My granddaddy used to tell me|this was heaven on earth.

Just like his granddaddy|used to tell him.

Everything's changed now|since he died.

Appreciate you lighting them candles.

It wasn't me. It was the lady.

My mother?

She was here?

She's left already?

All I ever wanted was to live|out there like him...

...and work my own spread.

Can't imagine no better life.

I've come to find out Mama|aims to sell it.

Says the oil company would pay|three times what it's worth.

Mama lives in San Antonio now|with her new husband.

She wants to be in the live theater.

As your granddaddy's only child...

...your mother inherits out right.

It's her property.|She can do whatever she wants.

I don't have any say-so?

What about my father?

They're divorced.

You could talk to her.

You're a lawyer.

Well, I have talked to her.

It's a sorry piece of business,|but, son...

...not everybody thinks life|on a cattle ranch in Texas... the second-best thing|to going to heaven.

She don't want to live|out there, that's all.

If it was a paying proposition,|that'd be one thing, but it ain't.

It could be.

I could run it.

It's his own damn fault.

Your father signed every|paper she set in front of him.

Never lifted a hand to save himself.

I begged him to get a lawyer.


I'm sorry to have no better news...

...but some things in this world|can't be helped.

I believe this is probably|one of them.

She went back to San Antonio.

Don't call her "she."


I thought the world of that old man.


Don't go crying on me now.

I ain't.

- Well, don't.|- I ain't.

- What do you think I should do?|- I don't think there's much to do.

- Will you talk to her?|- I can't.

You could talk to her.

Last conversation I had with her...

...was in San Diego, California,|in 1942.

It ain't her fault.

I ain't the same as I once was.

Like to think I am...

...but I ain't.

You are inside.

Inside you are.

It's hard to watch people you came|from waste away before your eyes.

When the land is gone too...

...there's nothing to stand on|or stand for either.

When do y'all have to be out?

Closing is the first of June.

You could wait till then.

What for?

Down in Mexico...

...they got ranches so big... can't ride from one end|to the other in a week.

It ain't all fenced in|and sold off and played out.

Not down there.

You think they can't use|two more top hands?

Real cowboys, huh?

Just like the old-time waddies.

If I don't go, will you go anyways?

I'm already gone.

- Thank you for everything.|- Goodbye.

May God go with you.

Be careful.

Is that you, bud?

I hope so.

- You ready?|- Yeah.

- They suspect anything?|- No.

- Let's go.|- Hang on. Got to pile all this stuff.

- Yonder goes the light.|- Damn.

- Late for your own funeral.|- He could be getting milk.

He could just be loading a shotgun.

Shut up. Lacey, there's been|somebody following us.

- Somebody on horseback?|- Yeah.

Come on.

Some kid.

That's a hell of a horse.

Ain't it, though?

You hunting us?

- I ain't hunting you.|- Then how come you following us?

I ain't. I'm going to Langtry.|I don't even know who you are.

- Where'd you get that horse?|- It's mine.

- How old are you?|- Sixteen.

- Lying sack of sh*t!|- You don't know.

I know you ain't no goddamn sixteen.

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Ted Tally

Ted Tally (born April 9, 1952) is an American playwright and screenwriter. A graduate of Yale, he has received awards including the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, the Writers Guild of America Award, the Chicago Film Critics Award, and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. more…

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