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Viggo Mortensen in Appaloosa

Viggo Mortensen in Appaloosa

Release: 2008

Director: Ed Harris
Writer(s): Screenplay by Robert Knott & Ed Harris
Based on: Based on novel by Robert B. Parker


MCAA Rating: R for some violence and language

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Appaloosa Cast and Crew

Viggo Mortensen: Everett Hitch

Other leading roles:

Appaloosa Synopsis

Release fall 2008 - The western town of Appaloosa, terrorized by a rancher and his thugs, hires Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and his sidekick Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) to establish law and order. A lovely widow sets her sights on Cole, complicating the men's job and testing their partnership.

Appaloosa Brief Review

The film is based on the book Appaloosa by Robert B. Parker. The book is a short novel and a great read. The characters Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are well-drawn, with wry humor and great respect in spite of their eccentricity. The dialogue alone makes the book worth reading.

Everett Hitch is the book's narrator. According to the trailer and some early reports, Viggo Mortensen as Hitch does provide a background narration in some of the beginning and ending segments of the film.

According to Worth Watching, Appaloosa is scheduled to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September before being released domestically later in the fall. New Line Cinema, under operation by Warner Brothers, is said to be releasing Appaloosa in limited theaters starting on October 3rd. There were reports of mid-September releases in the US and/or Europe, but those seem to have been incorrect.

Author Robert B. Parker refers to Appaloosa as the first novel of a trilogy. The second book, Resolution, was released in June, and the third entry, Brimstone, is due out in 2009.

Appaloosa Soundtrack

According to Upcoming Film Scores, "composer Jeff Beal reunites with actor/director Ed Harris, scoring his new film, Appaloosa. Beal wrote the music for Harris' previous directing effort, Pollock." This is in contradiction to early reports that Gustavo Santaolalla would be composing the film score.

New! Listen to soundtrack samples at SoundtrackNet. The soundtrack will be released September 16, 2008, and is available for pre-order from Amazon.

Track listing:
1. Appaloosa Main Title
2. New City Marshal
3. Bragg's Theme
4. Allison French
5. Allie Teases Virgil
6. Dawn In Appaloosa
7. Cole And Hitch Stalk Bragg
8. Bragg Is Captured
9. Apology Accepted
10. The Kiss
11. Readin' And Writin'
12. Allie Is Kidnapped
13. Cole Ponders
14. Hitch Rides
15. Finding Allie
16. The Indian Attack
17. The Horse Trade
18. Riding Into Rio Seco
19. Ballad Of Rio Seco
20. Shootout At Rio Seco
21. Allie Goes Upstairs
22. Hitch Settles A Score
23. Riding Off, Appaloosa End Credits
24. You'll Never Leave My Heart

Appaloosa Resources

Appaloosa movie posterAppaloosa: Official Site - Official site so far has a link to the trailer and a nice-sized poster (click on the homepage JPEG).
Viggo Mortensen on set of AppaloosaDa Flikkers: Notes from Appaloosa Set - "Blogengeezer," who worked as a background actor on the Appaloosa set, shares stories, notes and visuals from the filming. The stories begin October 18, 2007, and continue through December 06, 2007. Look for descriptions of Viggo's interactions with other cast members, and a photo of him kicking around a soccer ball while wearing spurs and boots.
Viggo Mortensen & Ed Harris in AppaloosaRope of Sillicon: Appaloosa - Articles, trailers in Quicktime high definition and Flash formats, production stills including some not currently found elsewhere.
Cash on the Appaloosa setViggo Mortensen's Mount in Appaloosa - According to Laurel Hill Farm's blog, the horse that Viggo Mortensen rides in Appaloosa is "Cash," a 17-hand Quarter Horse stallion trained by Rex Peterson. "Cash was extremely well behaved considering this is his first experience on the set with all kinds of crazy things going on around him." The post includes a photo of Cash on the Appaloosa set at the Ford Ranch outside Santa Fe.
Viggo-WorksViggo-Works: Appaloosa Forum Discussion - All kinds of information, clips, opinions and links related to Appaloosa -- everything anyone knows about the movie, spread over 150+ pages of posts! The Viggo-Works community is dedicated, active and just a terrific bunch of people. Enjoy the discussion.
Ed Harris in AppaloosaWorstPreviews: Appaloosa - Another source of the March 2008 production stills (we posted only those with Viggo in them), trailer and other materials.

Appaloosa Video Clips

Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris in AppaloosaAppaloosa Movie Trailer  «10-Aug-08» - Watch the official trailer on MSN. Runtime 02:17. Options for low or high res. The high res is labeled "HD" but isn't anywhere near the magnificent resolution of the high-def trailer offered by (below).
Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen in AppaloosaAppaloosa Trailer High Def  «10-Aug-08» - has the Appaloosa trailer in a dozen different resolutions and formats, including super high definition (1080p) files for both QuickTime and Windows Media Player. It whets the appetite with lots of scenes of Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Jeremy Irons and Renee Zellweger.
YouTube: Appaloosa Trailer  «9-Aug-08» - Watch the Appaloosa trailer on YouTube.

Appaloosa Photo Gallery

The first Appaloosa images are publicity stills. The screencaps are captured from the high definition (1080p) QuickTime trailer.