Appaloosa

Feelings get you killed.


Appaloosa
This western is set in the town of Appaloosa, New Mexico. It follows a common western plotline: there is a baddie rancher who makes his own laws, so the townsfolk hire some fast guns and appoint them as sheriffs to clean the town up. This one is complicated by the addition of two women, who get involved with the two sheriffs. Things hot up as they arrest the baddie, who calls for reinforcements, while they wait for the judge to arrive.

114 minutes.
No persons under 13 (Language, Violence).
Crime, Drama, Western.

Showtimes

Looks like a nice place for a hanging...
Looks like a nice place for a hanging...

Credits

Cast
Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons, Ren´┐Że Zellweger, Lance Henriksen, Adam Nelson, Ariadna Gil
Director
Ed Harris
ScreenplayRobert Knott, Ed Harris, from the novel by Robert B. Parker
MusicJeff Beal
CinematographyDean Semier
EditingKathryn Himoff
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
SA distributorNu Metro
Made in2008
Produced byNew Line Cinema, Axon Films, Eight Gauge Productions, Groundswell Productions

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreWestern
LanguageModerate strength, fairly frequent
NudityOne very brief scene in non-sexual context
SexSome sexual innuendo and references
ViolenceFairly frequent and realistic, strongly implied, some bloodiness
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyInfrequent blasphemy
Drug abuseInfrequent social alcohol and tobacco
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
3
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
4
Alcohol / Drugs
3
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
1
Music (Scary/Tense)
4
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
3


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith
10
Die Burger
Jeanne Calitz
15
Cape Times
Kenneth Turan
10
The Citizen
Bruce Dennill
14
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
24.com
Ivan Sadler quote iconAppaloosa really captures the feeling of classic westerns, but without the pantomime theatrics. The acting is excellent and the characters totally credible. The story is entertaining, giving us romance, fights, thrills, and plenty of laughs, for those who enjoy the lighter side of the genre.
15
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconAt the end of the day, everything works out as I suppose it had to, and we're not all tied in emotional knots or existential dread.
15
eye Weekly
Jason Anderson quote iconAppaloosa’s unhurried pace and old-fashioned sense of decorum allow for its many virtues to shine through.
15
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconIt is not as compelling as three recent Westerns — The Proposition, Open Range, and 3:10 to Yuma — but there's enough quality material to be found bookended between the opening and closing credits to make this compulsory viewing for those who retain a fondness for what the Western can bring to the screen.
15
Rolling Stone
Peter Travers quote iconAppaloosa is gripping entertainment that keeps springing surprises. But Harris triumphs by making the final showdown a battle between a man and his conscience.
18
ScreenIt
C. Fuchs quote iconInstantly forgettable, rambling and unfocused, slow and even failing at being a parable of today's tightening of civil rights in the name of security, Appaloosa contains the requisite icons, but ultimately doesn't spin or build on them in any sort of interesting or entertaining way.
7
Metacritic.com
32 critics
13
Rottentomatoes critics
144 critics
13
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconA traditional genre western, Appaloosa sets itself apart with smart psychology, an intriguing love triangle, and good chemistry between the leads.
15

What the People say

Internet
10654 Netizens quote iconA real western.
14

Average .. 66%

13

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