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Appaloosa (2008)

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Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow.

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Robert Jauregui ...
Marshall Jack Bell (as Bobby Jauregui)
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Vince
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Dean
James Tarwater ...
Chalk (as Jim Tarwater)
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Bronc
Gabriel Marantz ...
Joe Whittfield
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Benjamin Rosenshein ...
Town Boy
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Tilda
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Phil Olson
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Abner Raines
Erik J. Bockemeier ...
Fat Wallis
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1882, New Mexico Territory. Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are itinerant lawmen, hired by desperate towns as marshal and deputy. The city fathers of Appaloosa hire them after Randall Bragg, a newly-arrived rancher with money and a gang of thugs, disrupts commerce and kills three local lawmen. Cole and Hitch contrive to arrest Bragg and bring him to trial, but hanging him proves difficult. Meanwhile, a widow has arrived in town, Allison French, pretty, refined, and good-natured. Virgil falls hard, and it seems mutual, but there may be more to Allie than meets the eye. Can friendship and skill with a gun overcome a pernicious villain and green-eyed jealousy? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Feelings get you killed.


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Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »

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3 October 2008 (USA)  »

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Entre la vida y la muerte  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$248,847 (USA) (21 September 2008)

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$20,207,003 (USA) (18 January 2009)
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Jeremy Irons, Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen have all worked with director David Cronenberg in the past. See more »

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When Alison and Virgil are in the coffee shop, she orders a coffee and a biscuit. Although refused a biscuit at first until Virgil intervenes, she is actually served a soup and bread roll, which moves around as the scene unfolds. Everett also receives a coffee at the same time, though no coffee has been ordered for him. See more »

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Marshall Jack Bell: [arriving on horse] Randall, I'm afraid I gotta take two of your boys back into town with me.
Randall Bragg: [standing with his gang] You're outside your jurisdiction, marshal. And you're trespassing on my land.
Marshall Jack Bell: They murdered that fellow from Chicago, and then they raped and killed his wife. I'm taking 'em in.
Randall Bragg: No. I can't spare them.
Marshall Jack Bell: [after a long survey of Bragg's men] Them two on the end. Cut them out.
Marshall Jack Bell: [then to his balking man] Do like I tell you.
Randall Bragg: [...]
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While being credited, items relating to positions and roles are displayed. Examples: Producers are listed as money is shown, an antique ink dryer is shown for the editor, production designer shows an antique tin cup and costume designer shows the top of a hat. See more »

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Streets of Laredo
Performed by Kate Jewell
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A Real Western
2 October 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I saw Appaloosa last night. Absolutely fantastic. Whether it is because he is a bit older I don't know, but Ed Harris obviously actually understands westerns.

A straightforward western tale with very little revisionism, with real men doing "what men have to do". The sense of space, the wish to be part of civilization, the bad men resisting that encroachment, the sense of the mythic; it was all there.

A little bit more modern in approach than a classic 50's tale, particularly in how Renée Zellwegger's character developed, but a real story nevertheless; good guys, bad guys. Jeremy Irons is very good as the baddie. Timothy Spall is good comic relief and Ed Harris and Vigo Mortensen a terrific pair, carefully nurturing their relationship while understanding exactly what they have to do.

The pace was very good, allowing the story and character to develop properly. Even so, it could have and should have been shorter - John Ford, or more likely Anthony Mann would have got through this story in about 90 minutes, but very satisfying nevertheless.

Costner did a pretty good job on Open Range (that was really miles too long), 3:10 to Yuma was pathetic (why they bothered to remake it when the makers so totally misunderstood the thrust of the original I will never know).

But this was the real deal, or at least as near to the real deal as we are ever likely to get nowadays. Too bad it will disappear without a trace.


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