Shout! Studios announced that the new Western The Dead Don’t Hurt will open exclusively in theaters nationwide on May 31, 2024. The film is written and also directed by Viggo Mortensen. The film blends the action, grit, and thrills of the American West with a captivating story of two pioneers embarking on a life journey fraught with obstacles. In addition to writing and direction, Mortensen also stars in the film alongside Vicky Krieps. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Krieps was honored with the TIFF Tribute Performer Awards. Keep reading for more information about the film and also a look at the trailer.


The Dead Don’t Hurt is a story of star-crossed lovers on the western U.S. frontier in the 1860s. Vivienne Le Coudy (Krieps) is a fiercely independent woman who embarks on a relationship with Danish immigrant Holger Olsen (Mortensen). After meeting Olsen in San Francisco, she agrees to travel with him to his home near the quiet town of Elk Flats, Nevada, where they start a life together. The outbreak of the civil war separates them when Olsen makes a fateful decision to fight for the Union. This leaves Vivienne to fend for herself in a place controlled by corrupt Mayor Rudolph Schiller (Huston) and his unscrupulous business partner, powerful rancher Alfred Jeffries (Dillahunt). Alfred’s violent, wayward son Weston ( McLeod) aggressively pursues Vivienne, who is determined to resist his unwanted advances.

When Olsen returns from the war, he and Vivienne must confront and make peace with the person each has become. Both a tragic love story and a nuanced depiction of the conflict between revenge and forgiveness. The Dead Don’t Hurt is a portrait of a passionate woman determined to stand up for herself in an unforgiving world dominated by ruthless men.

Vicky Krieps (Corsage) and Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings) lead this gripping Western tale. Alongside an impressive cast that includes Solly McLeod (HBO’s House of the Dragon), Garret Dillahunt (Fear the Walking Dead), Colin Morgan (BelfastMerlin), Ray McKinnon ( Deadwood), W. Earl Brown (The Mandalorian), newcomer Atlas Green, and Danny Huston (Children of Men).



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