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Appaloosa (2008)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Western  |  3 October 2008 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Jauregui ...
Marshall Jack Bell (as Bobby Jauregui)
James Tarwater ...
Chalk (as Jim Tarwater)
Gabriel Marantz ...
Joe Whittfield
Benjamin Rosenshein ...
Town Boy
Phil Olson
Abner Raines
Erik J. Bockemeier ...
Fat Wallis


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Feelings get you killed.


Crime | Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

3 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Entre la vida y la muerte  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$248,847 (USA) (19 September 2008)


$20,207,003 (USA) (16 January 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Ed Harris reloads his Peacemaker (Colt Model 1873 Single-Action Army Revolver), he realistically uses the pistol's ejector rod to push spent cases out of the cylinder. Since few actors in Hollywood actually know how to use the weapons they fire in movies, most don't know what the ejector rod is, and are seen in various westerns reloading SAAs by opening the loading gate and shaking the spent case out. See more »


(at around 1:35:00) When Virgil & Everett are talking on the bench a moving camera can be seen reflected in the window pane above Virgil's left shoulder. See more »


Virgil Cole: She speaks well, she dresses fine, she's good-looking, she can play the piano, she cooks good, she's very clean, chews her food nice; but it appears she'll fuck anything ain't gelded.
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Crazy Credits

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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User Reviews

4 October 2008 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

One reviewer remarked how "Ed Harris understands (the) Western (genre)" I couldn't agree more. This film is a delight. The writing is solid, the dialog sparked with humor, the heroes are more than caricatures and cardboard cut-outs, the villains are worthy anti-heroes and the back-up is wonderful. The performances of Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen and Jeremy Irons as the main protag-/antagonists are sterling. Harris is the lonely paladin, uncompromising in his ethic, drawn in by the warmth and softness of a needful woman, artfully and convincingly played by Renee Zellweger; Mortensen is the slightly jaded sidekick who both respects and doesn't completely understand his hero. A parallel villain is offered by Lance Henrikson, a kind of poor man's Clint Eastwood, giving an interesting twist to the story. Some comic relief is offered by veteran character actor, James Gammon and fine British actor Timothy Spall without reducing the tension in the story line or reverting to a burlesque. The mythic theme of the knight-errant works well in this presentation brought to light by the competent direction of Ed Harris. My only fear is that it being devoid of ballet-type ritual killings, CGI and only a mild spattering of violence, it will likely fly under the radar of much of today's theater goers, which is a shame. It's a fine film.

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