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Appaloosa (2008)

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Critic Consensus: A traditional genre western, Appaloosa sets itself apart with smart psychology, an intriguing love triangle, and good chemistry between the leads.

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Upon drifting into a troubled Western outpost and discovering that the helpless locals are being terrorized by a ruthless rancher and his brutish hired hands, two rugged, straight-shooting peacemakers decide to stick around and put things right in this Western adapted from the novel by Robert B. Parker and directed by Ed Harris. Bragg (Jeremy Irons) is a rancher who believes himself to be above the law, a stance that's forever cemented when he guns down the town sheriff and his deputy in cold blood. Horrified, the defenseless townspeople pray for the day a savior will arrive in town to free them from Bragg's suffocating grasp. Soon thereafter, Virgil (Harris) and Everett (Viggo Mortensen) stride into town atop two mighty steeds, their confident presence signaling the beginning of a new era if the locals will only grant Virgil the complete power he needs to bring Bragg to justice. After pinning on his new badge, Virgil appoints Everett his deputy and ushers in an era of uneasy peace. Later, a woman named Allison (Renée Zellweger) arrives in town and catches Virgil's eye, prompting a die-hard renegade to consider a calm life of domestication. As Virgil's feelings for Allison grow, both begin to wonder if a life together is truly in the cards. Meanwhile, a temporarily subdued Bragg begins to display signs that he may not be finished with this town just yet. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for some violence and language)
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Ed Harris, Robert Knott
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 13, 2009
Box Office: $20.2M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site

Cast

Ed Harris
as Virgil Cole
Viggo Mortensen
as Everett Hitch
Jeremy Irons
as Randall Bragg
Gabriel Marantz
as Joe Whitfield
James Gammon
as Earl May
Timothy Spall
as Phil Olson
Lance Henriksen
as Ring Shelton
Robert Harris
as Judge Elias Callison
Tom Bower
as Abner Raines
Bobby Jauregui
as Marshall Jack Bell
Bob L. Harris
as Judge Elias Callison
Fred Hice
as Bragg's Third Man
Neil Summers
as Bragg's Fourth Man
Tim Carroll
as Wagon Driver
Art Usher
as Clerk
Mike Watson
as Night Rider
Rex Linn
as Clyde Stringer
Corby Griesenbeck
as Charlie Tewksbury
Adam Nelson
as Mackie Shelton
Ed Pennybacker
as Conductor
Martin Connelly
as Apache Elder
Danny Edmo
as Young Brave
Argos Maccallum
as Beauville Sheriff Ru...
Cynthia Huerta
as Mexican Woman
Charlene Adams
as Citizen of Appaloosa
David Bard
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Maria J. Bethke
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Scott Brooks
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Stephen Chomko
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Robert Coleby
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Charles Culberson
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Robert Down
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Jackie Fleming
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Jim Granger
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Nancy Ann Hibbs
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Nick Johnson
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Glen Kappy
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Kevin Kinsner
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Norm Lee
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Loretta Lewis
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Skip Long
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Tom McFarlane
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Dani McNutt
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Sylvie Mortenson
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Sandy Nickal
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Kyle Osborn
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Kyle Osborne
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Hunter Lee Pimparapa...
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Marvin Rath
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Randall Sauls
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Claire Schwebke
as Citizen of Appaloosa
J. Nathan Simmons
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Chloe Slator
as Citizen of Appaloosa
John Turner
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Walter Bailey
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Ernest Andreas
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Ian Bell
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Todd Bethke
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Martin Callahan
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Cynthia Clark
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Lowell Crawford
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Timothy David
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Flynn-Bella Ericson
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Dennis Foulkrod
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Ruben Haddix
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Jerrall Hinds
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Taryn Johnson
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Jeff Kimerling
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Daniel Krieger
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Kerry Lee
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Isabelle Leustig
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Denise Lynch
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Diana McGuerty
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Diana Minfa
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Ernest Moya
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Michael Max Norris
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Trevor Osborn
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Michael Neal Powell
as Citizen of Appaloosa
L.C. Read
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Daphne D. Ross
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Darrell Schmidt
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Cecily Kuehl Shank
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Frankey Singzilay
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Isabel Slator
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Elizabeth Ann Tuttle
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Kristin Walter
as Citizen of Appaloosa
David Jensen
as Bragg's Man
Tom Larson
as Bragg's Man
Michael Clark
as Bragg's Man
Jerry Fuentes
as Bragg's Man
Tom Johnson
as Bragg's Man
Alex Edmo
as Apache
Girard Swan
as Bragg's Man
Herman Endito
as Bragg's Man
Alicia Williams
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Heather Antonio
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Daniel Jon Bergman
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Miles Blackman
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Mabel Jin Chin
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Leonaldan Codanti
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Jake Crellin
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Rachel De la Torre
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Chuck Ferran
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Christopher Frechett...
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Bruce Harders
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Perry Jasper
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Dale Kappy
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Kim Kimerling
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Xander Laird
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Michael Lente
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Jennae Linnell
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Lynn Macri
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Henry McKeighen
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Kim Montoya
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Kevin New
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Frank Nunn
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Dara Osborne
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Kristine Rael
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Steve Rick
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Tom E. Rostkowski
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Yvonne Schmidt
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Carol Sieber
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Edward Sipler
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Fionn Thelen
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Madeline Walter
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Kiela Bird
as Apache
Jerry Hardy
as Bragg's Man
Les Schesser
as Bragg's Man
Larry Hinsley
as Bragg's Man
Frank Spencer
as Bragg's Man
Adam Honeyfield
as Bragg's Man
Greg Stevenson
as Bragg's Man
Robert Harris
as Judge Elias Callison
Tom McFarlane
as Citizen of Appaloosa
John Turner
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Maria Bethke
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Robert Colby
as Citizen of Appaloosa
Dave Jensen
as Bragg's Man
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Critic Reviews for Appaloosa

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (41)

It was at times incredibly slow and even poorly edited, and I've never understood the appeal of Renee Zelwegger.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

Ed Harris does it better than anybody.

Full Review… | November 7, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

A droll Western with an odd romantic triangle.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
sbs.com.au

Old-fashioned Western features great performances.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

old-fashioned but simple and effective entertainment

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

A dusty, old-fashioned Western with a dusty, old-fashioned vibe. You can all but smell the saddle soap as the story unfolds.

Full Review… | July 27, 2009
Times-Picayune

Audience Reviews for Appaloosa

Nice try but ultimately flawed and unsatisfying.

brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

A friendly little Western film with two great leading men that doesn't seem to dare to scare its audience all that much. There is relatively little tension, a bit of banter and a somewhat anticlimatic ending. At least the road there is somewhat unpredictable and refuses to follow the well known paths of the genre all that closely. Entertaining and satisfying enough. Zellweger is a classic mis-cast, though.

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Jens S.

Super Reviewer

A great, sensational and old-fashioned entertainment crafted by a superb performer and fine filmmaker. A masterpiece. A skillfully and brilliantly made western laced with wit and adventure. It's packed with explosive action and dazzling suspense. A thunderous and breathtaking classic that will astound you. Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen are magnificent. Harris is magnetic, giving one of his best performances and an excellent approach as the director. Mortenson is outstanding, giving another compelling and fantastic performance. Renee Zellweger is extraordinary, you truly believe this actress can truly play anybody. Jeremy Irons is riveting, giving a knockout performance. A powerful and unforgettable film. An exhilarating film that will move you with it's power, characters and story. A great amount of action, thrills, fast-humor, romance and drama. It's pure excellence with great character development.

allan913
Al S

Super Reviewer

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