Viggo Mortensen's The Dead Don’t Hurt official trailer and release date
The Dead Don’t Hurt (Shout! Studios / Photo credit: Marcel Zyskind)

Shout! Studios debuted the official trailer for The Dead Don’t Hurt, the cinematic Western film that artfully 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. The film offers a unique female-forward perspective, which adds an extra layer of depth and complexity to the story.

Starring in the indie film are Vicky Krieps (Corsage, Phantom Thread), Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings, Captain Fantastic), Solly McLeod (HBO’s House of the Dragon, Outlander), Garret Dillahunt (Red Right Hand, Fear the Walking Dead), Colin Morgan (Belfast, Merlin), Ray McKinnon (The Continental, Deadwood), W. Earl Brown (The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett), newcomer Atlas Green, and Danny Huston (The Aviator, Children of Men).

Release Date

Directed by Viggo Mortensen, The Dead Don’t Hurt world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Vicky Krieps was honored with the prestigious TIFF Tribute Performer Awards; and opens in theaters nationwide on May 31, 2024.


Vicky Krieps in The Dead Don’t Hurt
The Dead Don’t Hurt (Shout! Studios / Photo credit: Marcel Zyskind)

The Dead Don’t Hurt is a story of star-crossed lovers on the western U.S. frontier in the 1860s. Vivienne Le Coudy (Vicky Krieps) is a fiercely independent woman who embarks on a relationship with Danish immigrant Holger Olsen (Viggo 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 (Danny Huston) and his unscrupulous business partner, powerful rancher Alfred Jeffries (Garret Dillahunt). Alfred’s violent, wayward son Weston (Solly 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.


The Guardian review gave the ‘beautifully shot and sombre’ film 4 of 5 stars, wrote, “This sinewy, sombre, handsomely crafted and beautifully shot western is Viggo Mortensen’s second feature as a director, an impressively authored movie in which Mortensen is also writer, composer and star. With almost anyone else, this might be the recipe for narcissism, and yet that self-effacing and even reticent quality in Mortensen’s screen presence works against that danger. He is, however, certainly working within the traditional strong, silent template of the old-school western hero.”

Official Trailer

Watch the official trailer for The Dead Don’t Hurt

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