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The Appaloosa (1966)

Unrated | | Western | October 1966 (Austria)
Man tries to recover a horse stolen from him by a Mexican bandit.

Director:

Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

James Bridges (screenplay), Roland Kibbee (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlon Brando ... Matt
Anjanette Comer ... Trini
John Saxon ... Chuy
Emilio Fernández ... Lazaro (as Emilio Fernandez)
Alex Montoya Alex Montoya ... Squint Eye
Miriam Colon ... Ana
Rafael Campos ... Paco
Frank Silvera ... Ramos
Larry D. Mann ... Priest
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Storyline

Matt Fletcher, a Mexican-American buffalo hunter is constantly harassed and humiliated by bandit general Chuy Medina. When the bandit steals his horse - the appaloosa of the title - he sets out to even scores; at the climax, single-handedly, he takes on the whole gang. Written by alfiehitchie

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Southwest to Sonora rode the lustful, the lawless... to live on the edge of violence! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

October 1966 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Appaloosa See more »

Filming Locations:

Wrightwood, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Bob Thomas' 1973 biography "Marlon: Portrait of the Artist as a Rebel," producer Alan Miller, appalled at his star's lack of interest in the film and his lackluster performance, penned a bit of doggerel about Marlon Brando, whose character is called "Mateo" by his Mexican friend in the film, "Mateo, his heart/It bleeds for the mass,/But the people he works with/He kicks in the ass." See more »

Goofs

In the final scene with Chuy, Brando weaves his leather poncho belt with his hat band, to lasso his rifle. When the shooting is finished and he stands up, the belt is back on his poncho, although there was no time to unweave the lasso and retie the belt. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Priest: Madam.
[enters confessional booth]
Matt Fletcher: I'm having a little trouble getting started, Father.
Priest: You are in the House of God now, my son. Speak from your heart.
Matt Fletcher: Well, I've done a lot of killin'. I've killed a lot of men and sinned a lot of women. But the men I killed needed killin' and the women wanted sinnin', and well, I never was one much to argue.
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Great movie! Totally unexpected. Brando's spaghetti western.
5 June 2005 | by errolforsterSee all my reviews

I caught this on television and loved it. It's Brando's spaghetti western. Lots of fantastic landscapes. close-ups and acting. Not very violent, but extremely effective. Great soundtrack, would be awesome in surround, but mono track was terrific. John Saxon was a great bad guy ( a Mexican, no less) and character actors are authentic. Well worth seeing. Sidney J. Furie shows real skill as a director even though he was only thirty three at the time. There's elements of John Ford, Howard Hawkes and Sergio Leone. Sometimes it was hard to buy Brando in this role, it's more an Eastwood type of role, but he's such a great actor that he becomes convincing. John Saxon playing a Mexican bandit is a terrific performance, even though it's a white guy playing a Mexican. Hollywood at it's best.

E.Forster Toronto, Canada


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