The Deputy looks uncertain.
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.
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...
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...
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
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
HITCH (V.O.) (cont'd)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.