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Appaloosa
- Ed Harris

Overview - Actor Ed Harris takes only his second stab at directing, following the Oscar-winning feature POLLOCK (2000) with this spirited western. Harris draws on a strong cast, many of whom have acted with him in previous films, to tell the story of two gunfighters attempting to bring peace to the small town of Appaloosa in the late 1800s.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Actor Ed Harris takes only his second stab at directing, following the Oscar-winning feature POLLOCK (2000) with this spirited western. Harris draws on a strong cast, many of whom have acted with him in previous films, to tell the story of two gunfighters attempting to bring peace to the small town of Appaloosa in the late 1800s. Virgil Cole (Harris) and Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) ride into the windswept New Mexico town and are hired to bring vigilante entrepreneur Randall Bragg (Jeremy Irons) to justice. Bragg has imposed a reign of terror over Appaloosa, but his murderous actions are tempered when Cole and Hitch take control. Matters get complicated when widower Allison French (Renee Zellweger) flounces into town and variously woos Cole, Hitch, and Bragg, allowing Harris to throw in a few neat twists as his two principal characters attempt to bring the miscreant entrepreneur to justice. APPALOOSA is a slow-moving and beautifully shot feature that perfectly translates the dusky New Mexico landscape to celluloid. The film stands shoulder to shoulder with 21st-century westerns such as THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD and THE PROPOSITON, and much like those films Harris's feature draws heavily on deeply affecting performances from his leads. Irons is particularly affecting as the baleful Bragg, who brings a real air of menace to the screen any time he appears on camera. The nuanced turns by Harris and Mortensen play like a master class in subtlety, with the two seasoned actors perfectly delivering two stoic characters who are masking a lifetime of pain and suffering. Harris's feature is a welcome addition to the fold of introspective westerns, effortlessly standing alongside similar efforts such as Clint Eastwood's UNFORGIVEN or James Mangold's 3:10 TO YUMA.

Cast List

Michael London - Producer, THE GURU (2003)
Renée Zellweger - American Actress, NURSE BETTY (2000)
Renee Kathleen Zellweger - American Actress, NURSE BETTY (2000)
Waldemar Kalinowski - Production Designer
Ed Harris - American Actor/Director
Caldecot Chubb - Producer, DARK BLUE (2003)
Cotty Chubb - Producer, DARK BLUE (2003)
Jeremy Irons - Actor, THE FRENCH LIEUTENANT'S WOMAN/REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
Dean Semler - Director Of Photography, STEALTH (2005)
Kathryn Himoff
Robert Knott
Ginger Sledge - MISS CONGENIALITY
Lance Henriksen - American character actor, Bishop of ALIEN series/Millennium
Lance Hendrickson - American character actor, Bishop of ALIEN series/Millennium
Lance Henricksen - American character actor, Bishop of ALIEN series/Millennium
Robert B. Parker - MYSTERY NOVELIST
Viggo Mortensen - American Actor
Jeff Beal - Music, TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION (2003)
Timothy Spall - British Actor, TOPSY-TURVY (1999)

 
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    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 115
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 794043127816
  • Genre: Westerns
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for some violence and language)
  • Release Date: September 2010

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Reviews:
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[A] terrific Western, a potently acted powerhouse that sticks in the mind and the heart....There is nothing abstract about Harris' approach to APPALOOSA. Every frame of the movie indicates his bone-deep respect for classic film Westerns..." - 09/18/2008 Rolling Stone, p.117


"[I]n Harris and costar Viggo Mortensen, it has two actors who beautifully play the kind of tough, laconic, unflappable men Westerns could not exist without." - 09/19/2008 Los Angeles Times


"The dialogue, based on Robert B. Parker's novel and co-written by director and star Ed Harris, is a major asset....The movie's undeniable highlight is the chemistry between Harris and Viggo Mortenson..." - 09/19/2008 USA Today


"Mr. Harris can be an imposingly serious actor...but there is often a saving glint of mischief in his eye. And in APPALOOSA, his second feature as director, he leavens the atmosphere of costumed rigidity and somber stoicism with sly, relaxed humor." - 09/19/2008 New York Times


"Irons is enjoyable nasty, enough to make you wonder why no one thought to cast him in a Western before." - 09/26/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.68


3 stars out of 5 -- "Ed Harris is the latest to Hollywood player to tackle the western genre....The laid-back lawmen supply the main pleasures..." - 12/01/2008 Total Film, p.62


3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he film sets about a gutsy collection of brawls, gunfights and getaways to spell out its celebration of John Ford's tall tales..." - 12/01/2008 Empire, p.86

 
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