Broken Horses

Synopsis: The bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence in the shadows of the US Mexico border gang wars.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Production: Vinod Chopra Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min



What's with the grin, pal?

Mr. Castillo said I did a good job.

He even gave me an extra dollar.


So, that's your first paycheck, pal.

You never forget that.

I told him to make it in three parts.

For you, me, and Jakey.


Jakey gets the extra dollar,

'cause he's the youngest.

Well, that he is.

Or I could get him a new violin.

For six bucks? I doubt it.

But I'll tell you what.

You give Jakey that six bucks

and I'll throw in the fiddle for free.

Jakey'll go bananas. Bananas!

Yeah, he will.

Here, you want to take her for a spin?


Those kids that call you slow...


They should see you shoot, boy.

Get that target there.

Do you think if I keep shooting good,

that I could get a star, too?

Sure, son.

Then we could be partners?

We are partners.

But then I'd have

to shoot people, right?

You might.

I'm not sure I'd like that.

Well, I don't like it, either, Buddy,

but there's a lot of bad people out there.

Somebody's gotta stop 'em.

You know, if everybody said,

"I'm not gonna do that job," then...

Well, who would stop 'em?

Man, that is some talent

you got there, kid.

Jakey's also talented.

You've got two talented sons.

Well, Mr. Ashman says

he saw that talented brother of yours

out on his property again yesterday.

With a slingshot.

Jakey never left the house.

He was at home playing checkers with me

the whole afternoon.

Buddy, why do you always

gotta protect your brother?

'Cause he always lets me

win at checkers.

Pop, we're gonna miss Jakey's recital.

No, we got plenty of time.


They say the kitchen's closed.

I can get you a coffee.

I lost my daddy, too, when I was a boy.

I showed up at work. Just like you.

To support the family.

But I couldn't get my daddy

out of my head.

How did he die?

Somebody shoot him?


A bad man.

I met that man once, too.

In the drug store.

He stopped and smiled at me.

I did nothing.


And that kills me to this day.

You know?

Sit down, boy.


That man who killed your father,

he won't get away. No, son, he won't.

I want you to read that out.

"Miguel Santion."


You know him?

Take a good look.

He's the one.

He killed your daddy.

Now, you cannot let him get away.

Kill him.

- I can't.

- You can't?

I don't know where he lives.

You don't know where he...

Why, I can find him for you.

That's not a...

Look, I want you to take this.

Go ahead, son.

Pick it up.

That's my father's.

Did you earn it like your daddy?

No, I don't think you did.

I think you got it because he died.

I think your daddy

would want you to earn it?

Earn this.

You earn it and I'll pin it

on you myself.

You understand me?


I understand.

I'm sorry for bothering you

so late, ma'am.

But I need to speak to Mr. Santion...

Who the f*** are you?

I'm Buddy. I work at the diner.

Don't move!

Don't you f***ing move, retard!

What are you doing with my picture,

you stupid f***?

I was just making sure it was you.

- Welcome to the family.

- Thank you, Mr. Hench.

Call me Julius, son.

- Jakey's had his supper.

- Thanks, Ignacio.

Jakey, I ain't coming to school no more.

I got a new job.

So, I can take care of us.

Tell me about the ranch.

Well, it'll be just you and me,

and our house on the lake.

Are there horses?

Are you kidding me?

What's a ranch without horses, dummy?

I'll get you a white stallion,

with a red tanned saddle.

All your own.

- Swear?

- Swear.

You just play your violin, okay?

Ignacio said, if I play real good,

Pop can hear it.

They said they'd let me know.

"Don't call us, we'll call you."

I should've played Bach.

But you love Paganini.

I fell in love with you

when you played Paganini.

Yeah, well, they didn't.

Why don't you just bring it to the wedding?

I'll get you a ticket.

Buddy, I can't. I'm sorry.

I told you, I just can't, okay?

I will tell her, Buds. Bye.

Tell her what?

Buddy wants me to come home.

He got us a present.

He says he can't bring it to the wedding.

That's so cute.

He never asks for anything.

- He's your brother.

- Yeah, I know that.

It's like a different planet back there,

you know?

And how do you know?

You haven't been back for ages.


Yeah, it's been eight years.

You wanna come with me?

Can you please just go meet your brother

so I can finish fixing this place up?

No. Not a chance.


You look good.

- Yeah?

- Yeah.

- Yeah...

- No. Really, you look good.

I got a haircut.

Yeah? Yeah, I can see that.

That's Eric. That's Eric.

He's my bestest friend.


Hey, Jakey.

Like Pop had Joe, I have Eric.

Welcome home, kid.

Well, let's go.

- Hey, Jake, will you tell me...

- What?

Where'd it go?

Yeah, will you tell me

how this sounds real fast?

- Yeah, yeah. Sure.

- Listen.

Ladies and gentlemen, I won't take long.

It's the best day of my life.

What is it?

It's a speech, dummy.

- For your wedding. It's a wedding speech.

- Of course.

Of course, it's a wedding speech, yeah.

- Well, is it good?

- Yeah, well, let me hear the rest of it.

That's all I got so far.

It's only seven seconds.

What am I gonna do, Jakey?

Why don't you tell 'em a story?

Like, about when we were kids?

A lot of good stories

from when we were kids.

Yeah, you know, I know!

You know, I'll tell them

about the time that I jumped in the pool

and I broke your Lincoln Log house

- and you were crying like a little girl.

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Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Vidhu Vinod Chopra (born September 5, 1952) is an Indian film director, screenwriter and producer. His better known films include Parinda, 1942: A Love Story , Munna Bhai film series (Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and Lage Raho Munna Bhai) , 3 Idiots , PK and Sanju and Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga. He is the founder of Vinod Chopra Films. more…

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