The Appaloosa

  • PG
  • Sidney J Furie (1966)
  • US
  • 94 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Marlon Brando and his much-prized Appaloosa horse become the target for a Mexican bandit chief in this very 1960s western, flashily directed by Sidney J Furie (who had just made The Ipcress File). Brando is at his mumbliest, moodiest and most masochistic, having already been on the revenge trail with his own superior western One-Eyed Jacks. The highlight is an absurd arm-locking duel fought between Brando and John Saxon over a pair of scorpions - the loser gets stung - and the whole movie has an operatic, parodic quality that recalls the style of Sergio Leone. Originally released as The Appaloosa, the movie's title was changed for the UK because the studio wanted to add a "Home on the Range"-style theme song.

Plot Summary

A Mexican-American cowboy swears revenge on the bandit chieftain whose female accomplice and lover stole his prize Appaloosa stallion and ended his dream of owning a stud farm. A foray into the bandit camp leads to his humiliation and torture, until a final arm-wrestling duel with the leader offers a chance of survival. Western, with Marlon Brando, John Saxon, Anjanette Comer and Emilio Fernandez.

Cast and crew

Cast

Fletcher
Marlon Brando
Trini
Anjanette Comer
Chuy Medina
John Saxon
Lazaro
Emilio Fernandez
Squint Eye
Alex Montoya
Ana
Miriam Colon
Paco
Rafael Campos
Ramos
Frank Silvera
Priest
Larry D Mann
Yaqui woman
Argentina Brunetti

Crew

Director
Sidney J Furie

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Available on video
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama