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
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 »
When Zellweger and Harris are in the coffee shop, she orders a coffee and a biscuit. Although refused a biscuit at first until Harris intervenes, she is actually served a soup and bread roll, which moves unexplainably as the scene unfolds. Mortensen also receives a coffee at the same time, though no coffee has been ordered for him See more »
Life has a way of making the foreseeable that which never happens... and the unforeseeable that which your life becomes.
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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 »
We just got back from seeing this movie at the theater. I've loved westerns my entire life. As do my husband, dad and father-in-law. This was a good solid western that I would recommend to anyone. There haven't been that many really good ones in the the last 20 years and this movie was refreshing. Nuance is word. It is what all the actors and actresses in this movie lent to their roles. This is a movie for the true fan of the western genre. And, it has Viggo in it. Need I say more? My husband is partial to Clint Eastwood's westerns. In the list of great westerns of all time, he said he would rank Appaloosa in the top 10 percent.
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