OLD HENRY (2021) Reviews and overview of Western

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‘You can’t bury the past.’
Old Henry is a 2021 American Western film about a grizzled farmer who takes in an injured young man… plus his satchel of cash. When a posse comes for the money, he must decide who to trust. Defending a siege, he reveals a gunslinging talent calling his true identity into question.

Written and directed by Potsy Ponciroli (Colt Ford: Crank It Up, Live at Wild Adventures; Super Zeroes).

The movie stars Tim Blake Nelson as the titular character, alongside Scott Haze, Gavin Lewis, Trace Adkins and Stephen Dorff.


Old Henry is one of my favourite movies from this year with Tim Blake Nelson at his absolute best; it’s a little slow-burn at times but if you’re looking for an adult-oriented movie with a satisfyingly blood-soaked finale then this is well worth your time. It’s only 95 minutes too which is refreshing.” The Action Elite

“A small-scale, yet deftly-executed and beautifully-shot old school western that takes out the best of its classic story of family secrets, care, and protection, Old Henry transports you right back in 1906 Oklahoma with its picturesque photography.” CineMarvellous!

“Anchored by a powerhouse performance courtesy of Tim Blake Nelson, Old Henry is a stripped-down, gut-wrenching, no holds barred Western that combines engaging storytelling with gritty action to deliver an unforgettable, emotionally raw drama unlike no other.” Flickering Myth

“It’s the sort of movie that the trade magazines used to refer to as “oaters”, the equivalent of a studio quota quickie, with a script cobbled together from a hundred other pictures and everyone hamming it up as though they’re on a themed holiday. It’s dopey and corny and as familiar as refried beans…” The Guardian

“Because Old Henry deliberately blurs the audience’s perception of the “good guys” and the “bad guys,” that deviation would serve as one mark of a “revisionist” western. But director Potsy Ponciroli gives us more in this film. Character profundity is fascinating in Nelson’s “Henry” and Haze is masterful at revealing and concealing his character so we are always kept guessing as to his real intent.” The Irish Film Critic

“Eventually—about the time it demonstrates Henry’s expertise as a killer of men, in several well-done action mini-sequences—we learn the details of Henry’s past, and your overall enjoyment of the movie may hinge on whether or not you’re willing to, as they say, go with it. I did a slight eye-roll myself and then settled back into the substantial satisfactions offered by the movie’s climax.” RogerEbert.com

” …a rock-solid, off-the-beaten-path Western, one that’s been built as a kind of pedestal for Nelson’s performance. There are twists involving who all these violent men really are. Yet we know in our bones where the movie is going, and it’s a steady enjoyable ride, a touch prosaic at times…” Variety

Old Henry had its world premiere out of competition at the Venice Film Festival on September 7, 2021. It was released theatrically by Shout! Studios in around locations in the United States on October 1, 2021. On October 8, the film was released On-Demand.


Plot [may contain spoilers]:
Henry and his son Wyatt live on an average farm. After discovering a lost horse with blood on the saddle, Henry goes to investigate and finds a near-dead man named Curry and a cash loot. He brings Curry back to the farm to save his life.

Soon after, three outlaws posing as lawmen come to the farm in search of Curry and the loot. Henry does not give up Curry and combats the three riders and their horde. Meanwhile, Wyatt begins to resent his father for not allowing him to help.

Henry kills all of the outlaw riders. Curry reveals to Wyatt that his father is outlaw Billy the Kid before shooting Henry; Wyatt shoots and kills Curry in return. Wyatt buries his father and leaves the farm.

Technical details:
1 hour 39 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.39: 1

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