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Appaloosa

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Appaloosa, Ed Harris
Lorey Sebastian

Appaloosa

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
114 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/19/08
Wide Release Date:
10/03/08
performer:
Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renee Zellweger, Jeremy Irons
director:
Ed Harris
distributor:
New Line Cinema
author:
4237, 76510
genre:
Western, Drama

We gave it a B

Ed Harris directed Appaloosa, a Western which gives fresh meaning to the word laconic. He also stars as a marshal-for-hire who takes a job in a small town overrun by thugs, led by Jeremy Irons. Harris’ ol’ pardner is Viggo Mortensen; they communicate with grunts and half phrases, understanding each other perfectly. It’s a gal who threatens to ruin the friendship: ?Renée Zellweger, a ladylike hussy who seduces Harris with her cultured ways but also smooches Mortensen on the ? sly. The plot ambles predictably, with nice moments of gunplay. Extras include a commentary by Harris and ? screenwriter Robert Knott that’s just like the dialogue: ?lots of we-shot-this, then-we-shot-that mumbles, finishing each other’s sentences, and not revealing much. B

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