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In his second directorial effort (following the 2000 biopic Pollock), Harris takes his cue from novelist Parker's often deadpan-comic touch, allowing action and character to accumulate in accordance with an overall eccentric rhythm. (The film's main disappointment is that it would benefit from more running time to allow things to stew a bit longer, especially in the second half.) The character work is choice, from the moment Tom Bower, James Gammon, and Timothy Spall step into view as Appaloosa's civic leaders; the director's father Bob Harris contributes a cameo as a mellifluous-tongued circuit judge, and an age-thickened Lance Henriksen turns up midfilm as gunman Ring Shelton, trailing affability and menace. In collaboration with Dances With Wolves cameraman Dean Semler, Harris sets up shots and scenes in such a way that we often see into and out of Appaloosa's various buildings simultaneously, to excellent dramatic and atmospheric effect, and there's a thrillingly vertical dynamics to a scene involving a train at an isolated water stop. The action is lethal when it needs to be, but never dwelt upon. "That was over quick," Hitch observes after one gun battle. Cole's response says it all: "Everybody could shoot." --Richard T. Jameson
Excellent western starring Ed Harris and Virgo Mortenson. Done in the tradition of westerns from the days when movies were made to entertain and not shock. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Michael
Cole' and 'Hitch' ( Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen ) are gunmen that apply their trade with total confidence, they specialize in sorting out towns problems, they also make their own... Read morePublished 9 days ago by rbmusicman/and/movie-fan'
I am a fan of the genre. This turned out to be an interesting movie. Well played roles and moved right along. I recommend it.Published 22 days ago by Kindle Customer