The Elmore Leonard Home Page

The Official
Elmore Leonard Website



The Bounty Hunters
The Law at Randado
Escape from Five Shadows
Last Stand at Saber River
The Big Bounce
The Moonshine War
Valdez is Coming
Forty Lashes Less One
Mr. Majestyk
Fifty-Two Pickup
Unknown Man No. 89
The Hunted
The Switch
City Primeval
Gold Coast
Split Images
Cat Chaser
Freaky Deaky
Get Shorty
Maximum Bob
Rum Punch
Riding the Rap
Out of Sight
Cuba Libre
Be Cool
Pagan Babies
Tishomingo Blues
Mr. Paradise
A Coyote’s in the House
The Hot Kid
Comfort to the Enemy
Up in Honey’s Room
Road Dogs


The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard
The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories
When the Women Come Out to Dance
Trail of the Apache
Apache Medicine
You Never See Apaches…
Red Hell Hits Canyon Diablo
The Colonel’s Lady
Law of the Hunted One
Cavalry Boots
Under the Friar’s Ledge
The Rustlers
Three Ten to Yuma
The Big Hunt
Long Night
The Boy Who Smiled
The Hard Way
The Last Shot
Blood Money
Trouble at Rindo’s Station
Saint with a Six-Gun
The Captives
No Man’s Guns
The Rancher’s Lady
Moment of Vengeance
Man with the Iron Arm
The Longest Day of his Life
The Nagual
The Kid
The Treasure of Mungo’s Landing
The Bull Ring at Blisston
Only Good Ones
The Tonto Woman
Hurrah for Captain Early
Karen Makes Out
The Odyssey
Hanging Out at the Buena Vista
Fire in the Hole
Chickasaw Charlie Hoke
When the Women Come Out to Dance
Showdown at Checotah
Louly and Pretty Boy
Chick Killer (2011)
Ice Man

Film and TV

Moment of Vengeance
3:10 to Yuma
The Tall T
The Big Bounce (I)
The Moonshine War
Valdez is Coming
Joe Kidd
Mr. Majestyk
High Noon, Part II
52 Pickup
The Rosary Murders
Glitz (TV)
Cat Chaser
Border Shootout
Split Images
Get Shorty
Last Stand at Saber River
Elmore Leonard’s Gold Coast (TV)
Jackie Brown
Maximum Bob
Out of Sight
Karen Sisco
The Big Bounce (II)
Be Cool (2005)
The Ambassador
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Killshot (2009)
Freaky Deaky
The Tonto Woman
Life of Crime

Tonto Woman Press Release


The Tonto Woman

Directed by Daniel Barber
Running Time 35 minutes

Based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, The Tonto Woman is director Daniel Barber’s first short film.

Barber collaborated with writer Joe Schrapnel, DP Ben Davis (Layer Cake, Stardust) and Producer Matthew Brown, to produce the 35 minute long western.

Barber and Schrapnel spent a year developing the screenplay from the original short story. “It was a wonderfully rewarding experience to sit and work through ideas with Joe” says Barber, “we’d spend hours debating how we could best translate Elmore’s words into a piece of film.” Brown adds “We were very conscious of the fact that we had an incredible short story to work from, and that we had to do it justice as a film. Daniel and Joe’s were keen to stay sensitive to both the dialogue and the tone of the original piece.”

Exhaustive casting for the film took place in Los Angeles, London, and Madrid with the lead parts being taken by Francesco Quinn, son of the late Anthony Quinn, and young English actress Charlotte Asprey. Quinn plays Ruben Vega, a cattle rustler, and Asprey Sarah Isham, the wife of a rancher.

The film was shot in Almeria Spain over the course of ten days utilizing some of the locations and sets seen previously in the classic Westerns “A Fistful of Dollars” and “The Good the Bad and the Ugly”. Additional sets for Sarah’s house and the ranch and homestead of Vega’s accomplice, O’Halloran, were meticulously designed and built by production designer Johnny Green and his team of craftsmen.

A winter of extraordinary rainfall meant that the desert, arid during the recce, had become a lush green landscape by the time shooting began. The bad weather continued throughout shooting with the team having to constantly adapt their schedule. Davis and Barber turned the elements to their advantage though producing a series of stunning panoramic vistas of the verdant desert. Then rescheduling to shoot the stand off between Ruben Vega and John Isham’s henchman during a howling dust storm.

Editing took place in London and was carried out by leading commercials editor Rick Russell. He worked with Barber constantly refining the film until both were happy. “Daniel has an incredible eye for detail and a very clear vision,” states Russell, “we both revelled in exploring the nuances of the piece.”

Telecine was completed by Jean-Clement Sorret at MPC. Post production was supervised by Jason Watts at Finish.

Dan Jones composed the film score, which he had recorded in Bratislava. “I fell in love with Dan’s orchestration from the moment I first heard his work. He’s immensely talented but also incredibly busy. It’s such a vital piece of the film, I knew we had to wait for him and work around his schedule” said Barber. “Finally seeing the finished film with Dan’s score was a wonderful moment for us. The end of a four year long journey” adds Brown.

The Tonto Woman has won Best in Fest at the LA Shorts Film Festival as well as Best Film over 30 minutes at the Palm Springs Festival. It is currently under consideration for the Academy Awards 2008.





Recent Posts

Elmore is Buried Today on His Birthday

Elmore Leonard Forever

Elmore Leonard Podcasts

The Enduring Appeal Of Elmore Leonard and Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens

The Gregg Sutter Blog

Japanese FU-GO Balloon Bombs in Michigan

The Pontiac Story of Progress & Promise

Tom Morwatts on Growing Up in Detroit

Detroit Punks: Mitch Ryder

Amazon 2015 Pilots Now Online – Including Point of Honor

Even Bank Robbers Decide What Tie To Wear: The Essence Of Elmore Leonard

On Twitter

Una commedia americana: Balzac...intended to compose a mosaic of...French society of his time, illustrating...even……
Una commedia americana (An American Comedy) by Giulio Segato…
Why is Elmore not smiling in this photo? Find out on the Elmore Leonard in Hollywood Tour - THIS SATURDAY. Still……
It was a great gig. Everybody was there. CELEBRATE! The Elmore Leonard Bus Tour Only five tickets left. It’s go……
Still a few tickets left. Hurry or you’ll have to ride on top! Get on the Bus! The Elmore Leonard in Hollywood……
Elmore and Felicia Farr in 1957. She was in Detroit on a press tour for 3:10 to Yuma. Get on the Bus! The Elmore……
Esotouric Tour’s Richard Schave's interview with Gregg Sutter about Elmore Leonard and The Elmore Leonard in Hollyw……
Find out why Elmore disowned this film, supposedly based on Fifty Two Pickup.
All of Elmore’s Film and TV DVD and VHS covers. Hear stories about most of them on the Elmore Leonard in Hollywood……
A little context clue about the The Big Bounce, which Elmore described as “The worst movie ever made.” Endings……
Aaron Sorkin talks about seeing Nicole Kidman in her full #BeingTheRicardos costumes for the first time.……
#BeingTheRicardos filmmaker Aaron Sorkin on what he'd ask Desi Arnaz: "This will be a spoiler. But if I had a ouija……
Aaron Sorkin says Nicole Kidman "left it all out on the field" with #BeingTheRicardos: "She worked so hard."……
J.K. Simmons on seeing Nicole Kidman as Lucy Ricardo and Lucille Ball for the first time: "It was like two differen……
J.K. Simmons on reciting Aaron Sorkin's lines on #BeingTheRicardos: "With great dialogue comes great responsibility……
Nicole Kidman says her #BeingTheRicardos co-stars are "some of the greatest actors in the industry."……
Nicole Kidman on Lucille Ball's daughter's involvement with #BeingTheRicardos: "Having her support as a blessing wa……
‘White on White’ Review: The Camera Lens Is an Instrument of Violence in a Haunting Colonialist Reflection…
If Nicole Kidman could say anything to Lucille Ball, it would be "thank you." "Thank you for your life. Thank you……
Javier Bardem, who sings on film for the first time in his life in Disney's upcoming live-action…