Appaloosa script
Appaloosa (2008)
Synopsis: Virgil Cole (Ed Harris) and his longtime friend and partner Everett Hitch (Viggo Mortensen) travel the 1880s Southwest, bringing justice to lawless towns desperate enough to hire them. In the mining town of Appaloosa, malevolent rancher Randall Bragg and his cronies ride roughshod over the frightened citizens. As Cole and Hitch work to end Bragg's reign of terror, an unconventional widow (Renee Zellweger) arrives, complicating the job and threatening their bond.

The Deputy looks uncertain.

MARSHAL BELL:

Do as I tell you.

The Deputy nudges forward.

BOOM! Bragg blows the Deputy out of his saddle.

Bell’s horse rears - he goes for his gun -

BOOM! Bragg shoots Bell through the neck.

BOOM! Bragg shoots the second Deputy through the heart.

Bragg’s men are stunned... it was fast, ruthless and deadly.

SLOW FADE TO BLACK.

Silence... then the sound of whistling wind.

FADE IN:

7 EXT. OPEN RANGE - WEEKS LATER - DAY 7

In the distance TWO RIDERS and their PACK MULE cross the vast

terrain of southern New Mexico...

HITCH (V.O.)

Like my Father, I’d been West

Point, and I was good at

soldiering. But soldiering didn’t

allow for too much expansion of the

soul. So after the War Between the

States and a year of fighting

Indians, I turned in my commission

and rode away to see how much I

could expand it.

The Two Riders ride on...

HITCH (V.O.)

I shot buffalo for the railways and

rode for Wells Fargo with an eight-

gauge shotgun. I sat lookout for a

while in a gambling parlor in

Durango and did a short turn as a

bouncer in a whorehouse in Canon

City.

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

7

Tried my hand at gold mining thencame down out of the San Juan

Mountains looking for somethingelse to do.

"APPALOOSA" GREEN REVISIONS 10/30/07

CONTINUED:

HITCH (V.O.) (cont'd)

6.

7

8 EXT. OUTSKIRTS APPALOOSA - SAME DAY - LATE AFTERNOON 8

EVERETT HITCH, 40’s, lean, good looking, eight-gauge shotgunin his scabbard and VIRGIL COLE, 50’s, black suit, bone

handled Colt at his side, ride side by side.

HITCH (V.O.)

First time I met Virgil Cole waswhen me and my eight-gauge backedhim up in a showdown he was havingwith some drunken mountain men.

Cole rides slightly ahead of Hitch as they walk their horsesup a sage covered slope.

HITCH (V.O.)

Virgil asked me right there on thespot if I’d care to partner up withhim and his peace keeping business.

Hitch comes up along side Cole as they arrive at the edge ofa cliff.

HITCH (V.O.)

Which was why I was with him nowand why I still carry the eight-

gauge... we’d been keeping thepeace together for the last dozen

years or so.

Close on Cole and Hitch looking out.

HITCH (V.O.)

And as we looked down on a town

called Appaloosa, I’d no reason todoubt that we’d be doing just thatfor the foreseeable future.

9 EXT. ESTABLISHING SHOT, APPALOOSA - DAY 9

Nestled in a rocky river valley - well kept buildings spreadout over two full blocks. A brick train station sits at the

end of one of the cross streets. The tracks ribbon their wayinto the hills beyond.

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Ed Harris

Edward Allen "Ed" Harris (born November 28, 1950) is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He is known for his performances in films such as The Right Stuff (1983), The Abyss (1989), Nixon (1995), The Rock (1996), A Beautiful Mind (2001), Enemy at the Gates (2001), Radio (2003), A History of Violence (2005), Gone Baby Gone (2007), The Way Back (2010), Man on a Ledge (2012), Gravity (2013), and Run All Night (2015). Harris is set to star in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's upcoming Starz drama series The One Percent. more…

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