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Slow West (2015)

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A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as a guide.

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John Maclean

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John Maclean
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Jay Cavendish
Caren Pistorius ... Rose Ross
Aorere Paki Aorere Paki ... Young Native Boy
Jeffrey Thomas ... Union Officer
Hayden Frost Hayden Frost ... Young Soldier 1
Kieran Charnock ... Young Soldier 2
Michael Fassbender ... Silas Selleck
Joseph Passi Joseph Passi ... Congolese Singer 1
Sam Manzanza Sam Manzanza ... Congolese Singer 2
Tawanda Manyimo ... Congolese Singer 3
David T. Lim David T. Lim ... Tattoo Man (as David Lim)
Bryan Michael Mills Bryan Michael Mills ... The Minstrel (as Bryan Mills)
Madeleine Sami ... Marimacho
Eddie Campbell Eddie Campbell ... Skelly
Ben Mendelsohn ... Payne
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Storyline

'Slow West' follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas. Written by Anonomous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Wanted dead or dead See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | New Zealand

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

16 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Caminho do Oeste See more »

Filming Locations:

Twizel, Canterbury, New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,003, 24 May 2015

Gross USA:

$229,094

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,295,574
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Shot on digital, when originally planned to be shot on 35mm. See more »

Goofs

Payne is shot in the doorway of the Ross house. When Silas has entered, the body has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Silas Selleck: [narrating] Once upon a time, 1870 to be exact, a 16-year-old kid traveled from the cold shoulder of Scotland to the baking heart of America to find his love. His name was Jay. Her name was Rose.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Modern Westerns (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Mbanza Congo
Written by Joseph Passi (as Passi Jo)
Performed by Joseph Passi (as Passi Jo), Sam Manzanza and Tawanda Manyimo
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A Quality Different Western
19 July 2015 | by reviewsbycalebSee all my reviews

Just a quick review here, Slow West is one of those Indie films in redbox I have wanted to catch up with before I do my best films of 2015 so far. Anything with Michael Fassbender in it is worth seeing and am also a big fan of the always gruesome Ben Mendelsohn. Violence is present throughout.

Slow West is an unusual Western about a young Scottish man/boy, Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is in love and due to a tragedy that he claims to be his fault, his love had to flee to the West. On his way to the west Jay has a run in with some men having a "hunting party" for Indians. At gunpoint and not knowing what to do, Jay is rescued? by Fassbender's character, Silas. They agree to a deal where Silas will protect and lead him to the West for a hundred dollars. Along the way the audience learns that Silas is truly just using Jay in a diabolic way, and that Jay's love Rose and her dad, have a $2,000 bounty on their bodies and Silas wants to collect.

On their way, encounters with Bandits and people of many kinds are frequent. Silas also learns a lot about Jay and sometimes seems to becoming fond of him but you are never really sure if Silas is using or helping Jay. Narrating, Silas says about Jay "That kid was a wonder. He saw things differently. To him, we were in a land of hope and good will." The uncertain relationship and even at times, a seeming mentor-ship between Silas and Jay is a component in Slow West that outright works. Will Silas help Jay save his gal or will Jay unknowingly lead Silas to his gal? Slow West is propelled by its great characters and cast. First time writer and director John Maclean has full control of this film and while it may be too slow for some, he succeeds in getting the audience to its inevitable finale caring about the characters and their fates. Overall throughout the film I was only mildly compelled by Slow West and without the intriguing characters, I would of been uninterested. That's what Fassbender and McPhee are their for, tremendously portrayals of their well written characters.

While Slow West will most likely miss my top 5 of 2015 so far list, it was an interesting and different look into the West. Hold on and focus on the characters to get you to the extremely effective and absorbing ending.


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