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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Jauregui ... Marshall Jack Bell (as Bobby Jauregui)
... Randall Bragg
... Vince
... Dean
James Tarwater ... Chalk (as Jim Tarwater)
... Bronc
Gabriel Marantz ... Joe Whittfield
... Virgil Cole
... Everett Hitch
Benjamin Rosenshein ... Town Boy
... Tilda
... Earl May
... Phil Olson
... Abner Raines
Erik J. Bockemeier ... Fat Wallis
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Storyline

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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Warner Bros [United States]

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3 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Entre la vida y la muerte  »

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Budget:

$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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Everett and Virgil are agreeing to protect Appaloosa, the lighting in the room changes drastically between close-ups and wide shots. For the close-up of Abner Raines, the curtain is open, lighting his face with sunlight, but in the wide shot the curtain is closed. See more »

Quotes

[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 The Town of Appaloosa (2009) See more »

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Scare Easy
Written by Tom Petty
Performed by Mudcrutch
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Superb!
4 October 2008 | by 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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