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      The Appaloosa

      1966 1h 38m Western List
      Reviews 46% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings In this classic Western, buffalo hunter Matt Fletcher (Marlon Brando) plans on starting a horse breeding farm with his friend Paco (Rafael Campos) in the border town of Ojo Prieto. But when a Mexican bandit (John Saxon) steals his prized Appaloosa stallion, Matt crosses the border determined to get revenge. In search of his beloved horse, Matt falls in love with a beautiful woman (Anjanette Comer), battles a band of bandits and faces poisonous scorpions. Read More Read Less

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      Craig Schroeder Battleship Pretension It's impossible to offer a full-throated recommendation of The Appaloosa. It's beautifully shot but there's not much else to glean from it. Jan 7, 2021 Full Review Wendy Michener Maclean's Magazine The Appaloosa combines a British feeling for style and manners with that wide-open North American vigor. But the snow scenes are strictly from Canada. Jun 27, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Never seemed anything but a pointless horse tale told in a style that was too mannered. Rated: C+ Jul 22, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Wow, a very young Marlon Brando who don’t even look like himself in this one. pretty good watch try it you might like it James Welch, Henderson, Arkansas, March 24, 2023 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/24/23 Full Review delysid d based on the low score you might think it's not a good one. it's excellent you fools Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/11/22 Full Review steve d Ok western with nothing to say. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member This western touches on the usual themes: honor, courage, physical toughness, and they are developed in an escalating mano-a-mano confrontation between characters played by Marlon Brando and John Saxon. The upshot is that both men want the same horse. In classic "Shane" tradition, Brando rides into town on said horse. But unlike Alan Ladd, Brando is not blessed with supernatural gun fighting skills. So when local Mexican bad guy John Saxon covets the horse, Brando has no quick and easy solution. Brando wisely underplays his character's resolve not to be bested, and as their conflict builds in intensity and violence, his stoicism never flags. But, rarely for Brando, he is upstaged by his antagonist. John Saxon, who I always felt was underrated, finds his sweet spot as a wealthy Mexican landowner who is not accustomed to being denied. There is a whisp of Spanish aristocracy in him that precludes dealing with Brando unjustly. Instead h3 gives Brando a fair chance at retaking his horse. From that point on you know one of these guys isn't going to get out of this situation alive. The film is worth watching for Saxon's performance. Both actors are playing against the stereotypes of their characters, but Brando is hobbled by a ridiculous wig, and there is a tiredness to his presentation that might have been provoked by the actors descent into personal dissipation around this time. He is overweight and slow. But still he is Brando, so you watch him. The storyline is ridiculous and the supporting actors are as stereotypical as they get. In particular, the Mexican man and his family with whom Brando intends to start a ranch are embarrassing in their fawning attitude to Brando. Such a scenario in a modern film would rightfully be condemned as racist. But for all that, I've still watched this little film four or five times. Most viewers won't like it as much as I. Perhaps my enthusiasm for the film is tied to my fondness for John Saxon. In this film he goes toe to toe with the biggest male star of his time and more than holds his own. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Okay revisionist western with Marlon Brando wanting to open a horse breeding farm with his friend, but conflicts arise when bandit John Saxon steals Brando's prized titular horse. Apparently Brando and director Sidney J. Furie clashed so much on set that it got to the point that Brando would read a book while in front of the camera and only put it down when Furie called action, which shows in Brando's lazy performance. However, Furie does infuse the film with a nice visual style and Saxon is quite good as the antagonist. Emilio Fernández, who was the main bad guy in "The Wild Bunch," plays one of Saxon's henchmen. Brando apparently years later admitted to Furie he had done a good job on the film and would like to make another film with him. Furie refused. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Maybe goes wrong with part of the second and third acts but the appaloosa has Marlon Brando and others who make a great job in a movie with exelent cinematography of the old west Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In this classic Western, buffalo hunter Matt Fletcher (Marlon Brando) plans on starting a horse breeding farm with his friend Paco (Rafael Campos) in the border town of Ojo Prieto. But when a Mexican bandit (John Saxon) steals his prized Appaloosa stallion, Matt crosses the border determined to get revenge. In search of his beloved horse, Matt falls in love with a beautiful woman (Anjanette Comer), battles a band of bandits and faces poisonous scorpions.
      Director
      Sidney J. Furie
      Producer
      Alan Miller
      Screenwriter
      James Bridges, Roland Kibbee
      Production Co
      Universal/Universal Int
      Genre
      Western
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 38m