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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 »
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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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Additional Details

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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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
One of Brando's finest!, 17 December 1998
Author: DeeDee-10 from San Francisco

I'd seen this film years ago, and rented the video last night. Brando was at the zenith of his career:

strong, vital, and fit. His understated, controled acting along with his easy interaction with the other actors made this film a delight to watch. Especially moving was his relationship with Paco (Rafael Campos)-a close bond which was a major force in the film as revealed by the amazing speech relating Mateo's (Brando) growing up in the household of Paco and his family. The scenery was magnificent. A fine western, with qualities that would cross over into any genre.

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