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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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James Tarwater ...
Chalk (as Jim Tarwater)
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Gabriel Marantz ...
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Benjamin Rosenshein ...
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Earl May
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Abner Raines
Erik J. Bockemeier ...
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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$248,847, 21 September 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,207,003, 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 »

Goofs

During the opening murder scene, the cocking lever of the Winchester is fully down (probably a jammed blank didn't eject). There's a cutaway and then while Bragg is still walking away, we clearly see the rifle with the cocking lever is now fully retracted. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Featured in Appaloosa: Dean Semler's Return to the Western (2009) See more »

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Tenting Tonight on the Old Camp Ground
Written by Walter Kittredge
Performed by Kate Jewell
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Great Adaptation of Parker's novel
21 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

I love all of Robert B. Parker's novels and I have a lot of respect for the craft of Ed Harris. This movie was a very faithful rendering of the book. Harris didn't get in the way of the storytelling rather he gave it a strong visualization. As the novel as written, the story is actually told through the eyes of Everett Hitch, played here by Viggo Mortenson. I love the way, even though he is somewhat of a side-kick, he was allowed to remain the viewpoint character. My only complaint was Renee as Allie. Reading the book I visualized a Faye Dunaway at 35. Diane Lane would have been more in line with the way the character was written in the novel. Renne struck me as a little too coquettish and obviously needy rather than manipulative and needy. It's a matter of taste but I would have preferred it. However, the rest of the casting was spot on and I hope Harris considers doing the sequel, "Resolution."


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