AppaloosaOctober 3, 2008
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.
Release Year: 2008
Rating: 6.8/10 (31,090 voted)
Critic's Score: 64/100
Stars: Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger
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?
Writers: Robert Knott, Ed Harris
Marshall Jack Bell
(as Bobby Jauregui)
Timothy V. Murphy
(as Jim Tarwater)
Erik J. Bockemeier
Feelings get you killed.
Warner Bros [United States] |
Release Date: 3 October 2008
Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA
Opening Weekend: $248,847
(21 September 2008)
(18 January 2009)
Did You Know?
A sequel was in talks before the film was even released.
In the book and the movie Everett carries both an 8 gauge shotgun and a Winchester lever action rifle whenever he is on horseback.
We can't have our law officers beatin' people half to death for no reason.
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