Ed Harris (2008)

15 Certificate


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Actor Ed Harris returns to the director's chair - following his critically acclaimed debut with Pollock (2000) - in what is arguably the best out-and-out western since Kevin Costner's Open Range in 2003. Harris also co-stars with Viggo Mortensen as the friends and fellow peacekeepers, hired by the town council of Appaloosa to bring to justice a crooked ranch boss (Jeremy Irons), who has gunned down their marshal. Renée Zellweger rounds off a starry cast, playing a widow new to town, whose relationship with Harris has consequences for the two men's mission. In terms of plot, Appaloosa may sound like pretty standard western fare. But there is a quirky, down-to-earth feel about its dialogue, and none of the characters behave in quite the way a movie audience might expect. Added to that is the marvellously understated interplay between the two lead actors that recalls such classic Old West partnerships as Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas in Gunfight at the OK Corral.


Straight-shooting peacemakers Everett and Virgil try to restore order in a town under the control of crooked rancher Randall and his murderous gang. However, the pair find their friendship threatened by the arrival of attractive widow Allison, who leads Virgil to question his nomadic existence. Western, starring Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons and Renee Zellweger.

Cast & Crew

Virgil Cole Ed Harris
Everett Hitch Viggo Mortensen
Allison French Renée Zellweger
Randall Bragg Jeremy Irons
Phil Olson Timothy Spall
Ring Shelton Lance Henriksen
Abner Raines Tom Bower
Earl May James Gammon
Katie Ariadna Gil
Clyde Stringer Rex Linn
Judge Elias Callison Bob L Harris
Director Ed Harris
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Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Sep 2008