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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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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 <>

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Feelings get you killed.


Crime | Drama | Western

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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

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


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

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Ed Harris originally intended his character to have hair. He selected a wig and screen tested it before eventually deciding to play the part bald. See more »


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 »


Allison French: Aren't either of you afraid?
Virgil Cole: Afraid?
Allison French: That you might get killed.
Virgil Cole: Oh, I don't know, Allie. Guess I don't think about it so much.
Allison French: Well, I'm afraid. But I'm afraid all the time.
Virgil Cole: Of what?
Allison French: Everything.
Virgil Cole: Like what? Hmm?
Allison French: Like being alone. Like being with the wrong man. Not having any money, a place to live.
Virgil Cole: I'll look out for you.
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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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An OK western but a great character study
3 October 2008 | by (Waukee, IA) – See all my reviews

Appaloosa as a western is okay, as a movie its okay, but as a character study it's great. Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen are two of the most underrated actors (not stars) in Hollywood. Viggo should have had two or three Oscars by now. His rendition of Everett Hitch made the whole movie more than worthwhile. He's a man of little words but great thought. He also an observant man, of things and people. He's loyal but with practicality. He knows what the two of them do and why they do it and he know enough about Virgil not to step on his toes. But he also knows when to say what he as to say and leave it at that. I'm never that impressed by Renee Zellweger but in this movie she sort of fit in. 7/10

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