The Appaloosa


1h 38m 1966

Brief Synopsis

A wandering cowboy returns to his sleepy border hometown with the hopes of settling down. But when a merciless Mexican bandit steals his prize possession, it's a fight to the death for honor in the Old West.

Film Details

Also Known As
Southwest to Sonora
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 15 Sep 1966
Production Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Location
St. George, Utah, USA; San Bernardino Mountains, California, USA; Lancaster, California, USA
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Appaloosa by Robert MacLeod (Greenwich, Connecticut, 1963).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Buffalo hunter Matt Fletcher enters a church in the border town of Ojo Prieto. He plans to begin a new life by using his magnificent Appaloosa stallion to start a horsebreeding farm with his old friend Paco, an impoverished Mexican farmer. His hopes are ruined, however, when Trini, a young woman who has been sold by her parents to Mexican bandit Chuy Medina, tells Chuy that Matt molested her in church. When Chuy enters the church, Trini escapes on Matt's Appaloosa, but she is quickly captured and returned by Chuy's pistoleros. Matt's hopes are shattered when Chuy steals the horse and drags Matt by a rope through a rock-strewn brook. After recovering from his injuries, Matt ventures into Chuy's stronghold and confronts him in a hand-wrestling match in which poisonous scorpions await the one whose arm is forced to the table. Matt loses but saves his life by cutting open the wound with a piece of broken glass. Trini comes to his aid and hides him in a shack owned by Ramos, a goatherd, and nurses him back to health. Squint-Eye, another of Chuy's pistoleros, comes to the shack looking for Matt and Trini, and when Ramos refuses to divulge their whereabouts, Squint-Eye kills Ramos. After killing Squint-Eye, Matt then returns to Chuy's stronghold, retrieves the Appaloosa, and flees toward the border with Trini. Chuy follows, and Matt, realizing that Trini means more to him than the horse, sends out the Appaloosa to draw Chuy's fire. As the bandit aims for the horse, Matt fires and kills him. Matt and Trini then cross the border with the Appaloosa to start a new life.

Film Details

Also Known As
Southwest to Sonora
Release Date
Jan 1966
Premiere Information
New York opening: 15 Sep 1966
Production Company
Universal Pictures
Country
United States
Location
St. George, Utah, USA; San Bernardino Mountains, California, USA; Lancaster, California, USA
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Appaloosa by Robert MacLeod (Greenwich, Connecticut, 1963).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

It is a grave I dug for myself. One day when I am tired of living, I will come here for a long visit.
- Ramos
The next time you point a gun at me, you better pull that trigger, because I'm going to blow you into so many pieces your friends will get tired of looking for you.
- Matt Fletcher
I'm having a little trouble getting started, Father.
- Matt Fletcher
You are in the House of God now, my son. Speak from your heart.
- Priest
Well, I've done a lot of killin'. I've killed a lot of men and sinned a lot of women. But the men I killed needed killin' and the women wanted sinnin', and well, I never was one much to argue.
- Matt Fletcher

Trivia

Notes

Location scenes filmed in St. George, Utah; Lancaster, California; and in the San Bernardino Mountains near Wrightwood, California. The working title of this film is Southwest to Sonora.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall September 15, 1966

Released in United States October 15, 1966

Released in United States on Video May 14, 1996

Techniscope

Released in United States on Video May 14, 1996

Released in United States Fall September 15, 1966

Released in United States October 15, 1966 (New York City)