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Red Dead Redemption Short Film by John Hillcoat29:01

Red Dead Redemption Short Film by John Hillcoat

The Man from Blackwater is a half hour short film animated entirely using the game engine of the game of the same name. It originally aired on 5.30.2010 at 12:00 AM on FOX.


The film depicts most of the major plot events of the first act of Red Dead Redemption, focusing on John Marston's efforts to mount an attack against Bill Williamson's stronghold, Fort Mercer.


The film heavily reuses cutscenes from the game, though sometimes recorded from alternate angles or with slightly different conversations. Shots of John Marston in various locations walking, riding his horse, or camping with musical interludes or sometimes voice over by John are used to connect the scenes together.

Characters seen include Marshal Johnson and his two deputies, Nigel West Dickens, Seth Briars, and Bill Williamson. Irish makes an extremely brief non-speaking appearance though his story thread is left from the film, as well as everything including the MacFarlanes. They are not seen in the movie. 

Shortly after release, the film became available for download through Rockstar's official website.


  • The cut scenes are not in chronological order as they are in the actual game, but they do tie together. For example, the map that Seth retrieves leads to Fort Mercer, however, in the game the map leads to Tumbleweed.
  • The title, The Man From Blackwater, may be a reference to the movie, The Man from Laramie.
  • In the game, Marston's weapon of choice is a Cattleman Revolver and he starts off in the game wearing the Cowboy Outfit. In The Man From Blackwater, his weapon of choice is a LeMat Revolver (except for the scenes where Aquila challenges him to shoot his hat out of the air and when he disarms Aquila after drawing his pistol) and he wears the Duster Coat through most of the film.
  • The flashback scenes involving John and Dutch's Gang were made exclusively for this film and never appear in the game itself.

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