Bone Tomahawk

Bone Tomahawk

S Craig Zahler (2015)

18 Certificate


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A hunt for a kidnapped wife takes four men into the heart of darkness in this grim but gripping prairie tale reminiscent of John Ford's classic, The Searchers (only with an extra slice of savagery). Director S Craig Zahler's debut stars Kurt Russell as the tough-as-teak town sheriff who heads into the wilderness with hobbled husband Patrick Wilson, dandy gunslinger Matthew Fox and befuddled deputy Richard Jenkins when Wilson's wife is abducted by a tribe so terrifying that even the local native American (played by Zahn McClarnon from the Fargo TV series) won't hunt them. The rescue moves at an art house pace but the repartee between the querulous quartet is always quirky and entertaining, with Jenkins's scattergun non-sequiturs an amusing contrast to the bursts of brutality. It's necessary because the climactic confrontation between the foursome and their ferocious foes is not for the faint-hearted and will leave some viewers beside themselves, which is literally the case for one poor chap. It's a breathtaking addition to a once moribund genre.


After an outlaw unknowingly leads a band of cannibalistic cave-dwellers into the peaceful town of Bright Hope, the elderly sheriff rounds up a posse to rescue townsfolk abducted by the ferocious tribesmen. Western horror, starring Kurt Russell and Patrick Wilson.

Cast & Crew

Sheriff Hunt Kurt Russell
Arthur Patrick Wilson
Brooder Matthew Fox
Chicory Richard Jenkins
Samantha Lili Simmons
Purvis David Arquette
Deputy Nick Evan Jonigkeit
Buddy Sid Haig
Tall Trees Zahn McClarnon
Pianist James Tolkan
Lorna Hunt Kathryn Morris
Mr Wallington Michael Paré
Mrs Porter Sean Young
Boar Tusks Geno Segers
Director S Craig Zahler
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: The WorksGuidance: Violence, a sex scene, nudityAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 19 Feb 2016