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Release Date:
October 1966 (Austria) See more »
Southwest to Sonora rode the lustful, the lawless... to live on the edge of violence! See more »
Man tries to recover a horse stolen from him by a Mexican bandit. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marlon Brando ... Matt

Anjanette Comer ... Trini

John Saxon ... Chuy

Emilio Fernández ... Lazaro (as Emilio Fernandez)
Alex Montoya ... Squint Eye

Miriam Colon ... Ana

Rafael Campos ... Paco

Frank Silvera ... Ramos

Larry D. Mann ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Argentina Brunetti ... Yaqui Woman (uncredited)

Abel Fernandez ... Mexican Farmer (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney J. Furie 
Writing credits
James Bridges (screenplay) and
Roland Kibbee (screenplay)

Robert MacLeod (novel)

Produced by
Allan Miller .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Alfred Sweeney 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
Makeup Department
Hank Edds .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Clair Holgate .... hair stylist
Mark Reedall .... makeup artist
Phil Rhodes .... makeup artist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
William S. Gilmore .... unit production manager (as William S. Gilmore Jr.)
Edward Muhl .... in charge of production
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... unit production manager (as Wallace Worsley)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Beringer .... assistant director
Douglas Green .... assistant director
Art Department
Willard Nunley .... props (as William Nunley)
Virgil Clark .... set coordinator (uncredited)
John Faltis .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound
Lyle Cain .... sound
William Griffith .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Bruce Smith .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ben McMahan .... special effects
Paul Baxley .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunt double: Marlon Brando (uncredited)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Hank Calia .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy N. Sickner .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Cowie .... grip
Ledge Haddow .... assistant camera
Max Nippell .... gaffer
Eddie Pyle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Kenneth Smith .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Colvig .... costumes: men
Norman Mayreis .... wardrobe
Rosemary Odell .... costumes: women
David Watson .... wardrobe
Olive Koenitz .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Peter Colbert .... assistant editor
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Other crew
Salvador Baguez .... technical advisor (as Salvador Baquez)
Poppy del Vando .... choreographer
Bob Forrest .... script supervisor
Celia Webb .... dialogue coach
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Southwest to Sonora" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Australia:A (original rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1991) (2004) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:12 (f)

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According to co-star John Saxon, Marlon Brando's relationship with director Sidney J. Furie got to the point where Brando, when getting ready to do a close-up, would be reading a book. He would only lower the book when Furie yelled "Action." When he yelled "Cut," Brando would raise the book again. According to Peter Manso's book on Brando, however, Brando and Furie met years later. Brando was quoted to have said, "I thought you were a no-good double-crosser, and I didn't know if I could trust you, but I saw the film and you have the great sense of the best visual directors. Let's do another movie together." Furie, according to the book, replied, "Never!" Furie, for his part, claims that they only came to blows once on the entire shoot of The Appaloosa (1966).See more »
Continuity: In the final scene with Chuy, Brando weaves his leather poncho belt with his hat band, to lasso his rifle. When the shooting is finished and he stands up, the belt is back on his poncho, although there was no time to unweave the lasso and retie the belt.See more »
[first lines]
[enters confessional booth]
Matt Fletcher:I'm having a little trouble getting started, Father.
Priest:You are in the House of God now, my son. Speak from your heart.
Matt Fletcher:Well, I've done a lot of killin'. I've killed a lot of men and sinned a lot of women. But the men I killed needed killin' and the women wanted sinnin', and well, I never was one much to argue.
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Referenced in Enemy at the Gates (2001)See more »


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22 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Cracking Good Brando, 24 February 2005
Author: Bob-45 from Savannah, GA

"The Appaloosa" is a superior low-key western with a great performance by Marlon Brando and very good ones by John Saxon and Anjanette Comer. Brando plays a white man raised by Mexicans who returns from the Civil War tired of killing and ready to build a ranch around one Appaloosa stallion. Brando has the misfortune of becoming a tool for Comer to escape the clutches of Saxon. Saxon retaliates by stealing Brando's stallion, and Brando follows Saxon into Mexico to reclaim it. Director Sidney J. Furie ("The Ipcress File," "Iron Eagle") extensively uses extreme close-ups of faces, in the same manner as Sergio Leone, but not for the same purpose. Furie uses these close-ups to establish intimacy between the characters and the audience. This works beautifully in "The Appaloosa," particularly so since the story is so unremarkable and low-key and Brando's character is by no means a superman. Most of the violence is of the "G" rated variety, with the notable exception of a hand-wrestling contest played with the addition of scorpions.

While the ending of "The Appaloosa" is as abrupt and unremarkable as everything that precedes, intimate moments in the movie linger long after. As examples:

o Brando's confessional o The little girl telling Brando he smells like a goat o The goat herder telling Brando about Saxon's gunmen killing his pet goat o Comer telling Brando her fate if he doesn't help her escape Saxon o The hand-wrestling contest

There are many more unremarkable but somehow memorable moments in the sublime "Appaloosa." It is too insignificant to be great, but it most certainly very good. I give "The Appaloosa" an "8".

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