I went to see Ed Harris’ big screen adaptation of Robert B. Parker’s Western Appaloosa, about two friends (Harris and Viggo Mortensen) hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a bloodthirsty rancher (Jeremy Irons).  The movie pretty much runs directly from the book so if you read and liked that I think you’ll be pleased. I highly recommend this lean and tense movie to anyone who loves the oater genre.


2 Replies to “Appaloosa”

  1. I’m a big fan of the western genre, especially the post-“fistful of dollars” western. Not into John Wayne (except I liked a couple of later ones, the Searchers was good and the Shootist was okay). I quite enjoyed Appaloosa. I don’t think the directing was really strong, but it was only Ed’s second movie to direct so I think there is some potential. I think anyone who is a fan of the modern western (or oater…ha) would like Appaloosa as well.

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