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Appaloosa (2008)

by  |  May 3rd, 2012  |  Western

Written by: Robert Knott (Coneheads) and Ed Harris (The Abyss). Starring: Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen (Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring), Renée Zellweger (Empire Records), Ariadna Gil (Room 304) and Jeremy Irons (Dead Ringers).

Appaloosa… Now this movie, which is based on the novel of the same name by, Robert B. Parker is pretty awesome! But surprisingly when it first came out it wasn’t very well received!

Now this is a little bit of a surprise! I mean with a cast that includes, Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger and Jeremy Irons, as well as direction from Ed Harris himself!

And the movie, which tells the story of a couple of expert cowboys by the name of, Virgil Cole (Harris) and Everett Cole (Mortensen) that run a sort of mobile law man organization, and are contracted by the small New Mexican frontier town by the name of Appaloosa!

Now to understand why Appaloosa hired these men is that the town for a long while was terrorized by a criminal rancher by the name of Randall Bragg (Irons) and his ranch that he keeps that are full of criminals!

Now when Virgil and Cole arrive in Appaloosa, the town council signs over the powers of authority to the two men, after this, everything seems to actually be going pretty good! They keep crime down, and peace seems to reign supreme!

The only problem is that a mysterious and beautiful woman by the name Allison French (Zellweger) comes rolling in to town, and turns both Virgil and Everett’s life upside, when Virgil falls for Allison!

A tense scene between Virgil Cole (Harris), Allison French (Zellweger), Everett Hitch (Mortensen) and Randall Bragg (Irons) in, 'Appaloosa'

Now when Randall Bragg has been sentenced to death for having killed Appaloosa’s former town martial and Virgil, Everett and some other lawmen are transporting Bragg to a jail for hanging. Ring Shelton (Played by: Lance Henriksen) and Mackie Shelton (Played by Adam Nelson) use Allison as bait

so that Everett and Virgil end up having to turn Bragg over to the Shelton brothers!

As time goes on for the to Appaloosan lawmen, and Allison, the bond of friendship between Everett and Virgil will be tested, and their lives will change in a way that they never expected!

Now the last thing that I thought that I would mention is that it turns out that a sequel for Appaloosa was in talks even before the release of the movie… There is no word as of yet when it is gonna be released! But here’s hoping!

If your a fan of Western movies, then I do recommend this one, it is a fun one!



Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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