The Appaloosa (1966)

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The Appaloosa Opening Screens

The Appaloosa Screens

The Appaloosa (1966)

(also known as Southwest to Sonora)

Between the Hunters and the Hunted … 
the Wanton and the Wanted …
lies the violent land … 
Southwest to Sonora!

The Appaloosa Posters

The Appaloosa Posters

Southwest to Sonora
rode the lustful, the lawless … 
to live on the edge of violence!

The Appaloosa Posters 2

The Appaloosa Posters 2

The Land was big … 
the women were brazen …
and it took a special brand of man to tame them!

The Appaloosa Posters/Media

The Appaloosa Posters/Media

The Appaloosa Poster 3

The Appaloosa Poster 3

5 Responses to “The Appaloosa (1966)”

  1. blankend May 5, 2015 at 6:12 pm #

    I remember watching this on TV as a kid. The arm wrestling match with the scorpions really impressed me then because it was something different and not like the standard westerns I was used to seeing. Looking back, it seemed to have almost a Spaghetti Western feel to it.

    What can you say about Brando that has not already been said? I think John Saxon is good in westerns as well and am surprised he didn’t become a bigger star than he did. I liked him in Joe Kidd as well as many other movies of all genres.

    • blankend May 5, 2015 at 6:36 pm #

      I recently watched ‘Appaloosa’ from 2008 , which has nothing to do with this movie despite the similar title. I was a little put off at first at what I considered stealing the title of a remembered favorite.

      In spite of that the movie really pulled me in and I really enjoyed it. In this case, Appaloosa was the name of a town that hired professional lawman Ed Harris and his deputy Viggo Mortensen to tame the lawless element in their town.

      Harris and Mortensen have a special chemistry between them and both are totally badass in this. Despite being a newer Western, it is done in the old classic western style. I highly recommend it to any true Western fan.

      • jcalberta May 6, 2015 at 8:09 pm #

        To me, Renee Zelwegger seems to be awkwardly inserted and takes up quite a bit of time. I like Renee, but not sure she adds to things here? Otherwise. as you say, a pretty good straight up Western – badguys vs goodguys. Vito, Irons, and Harris – always good. Need to watch it again and see if looks different.

    • jcalberta May 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

      Loved that scene – unique and beautifully set up. Another great cast – Saxon was perfect in his part. Good story.

  2. blankend May 6, 2015 at 10:32 pm #

    *** Spoiler Alert!! If You Have Not Seen Appaloosa, and Plan to Watch It, Don’t Read Any Further Until You Have Watched It ***

    Now that you brought that to my attention, Zelwegger really didn’t do much of anything, did she? At first, it seemed to be setting up a love triangle, or Harris losing it in a jealous rage and going on a shooting spree. Neither one ever happened. He just seemed to meekly accept the fact she was a tramp, but he was determined to stay devoted to her and ignore her ways, even when they made it appear she was sneaking around and seeing his main enemy, Irons. They just kind of dropped it and nothing ever came of it except it prompted Viggo to shoot Irons and break up the partnership with his old friend. Harris took no crap from anyone except her. I guess she was just there for that purpose, but like you said, she took up a lot of time and added very little.

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