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.

1 INT. BOSTON HOUSE SALOON, APPALOOSA - LATE AFTERNOON 1

Particles of dust float in rays of sunlight slicing throughlouvered saloon doors.

The doors push open silhouetting the holstered guns of two

men.

The bartender, FAT WALLIS, looks up as he lights an oil lamp

chandelier.

Close on CHALK and BRONC, dangerous looking cowhands.

Whiskey.

BRONC:

Fat Wallis maneuvers around the bar, pours two shots.

CHALK:

Leave the bottle.

Wallis sets the NEAR FULL WHISKEY BOTTLE on the bar.

2 INT. TOWN HALL, APPALOOSA - SUNSET 2

ABNER RAINES, tall with white hair, one of three CITY

ALDERMEN, addresses a packed house.

RAINES:

Today is a special day. Seven

years ago a death knell rang out inthis town. The Indian Wars had

forced the closure of our coppermines, the life-blood of our

community. Many of our friends andtheir families left us. Appaloosawas on the verge of becoming aghost town...empty buildings,

silent streets, memories of lives

being erased by the dust and thewind.

The townspeople pay solemn attention.

RAINES (CONT’D)

But those of us who stayed refusedto let that happen. With our faith

in God and one another we foughtand struggled through the mostdifficult of times and have

persevered. And now our moment is

here...our moment to look forward -

into the glow of the future.

(MORE)

(CONTINUED)

"APPALOOSA" GREEN REVISIONS 10/30/07 2.

2 CONTINUED:
2

RAINES (CONT’D)

So without further ado, on behalf

of my fellow Aldermen, Mr. Earl May

and Mr. Phil Olson, I would like to

welcome...all the way from

Chicago...the man who will be the

Chief Engineer of the newly founded

Appaloosa Copper Company, Mr.

Clayton Poston, and his beautiful

bride Vera!

Applause.

CLAYTON, big and handsome and VERA, his beautiful wife; rise

from their seats and acknowledge the cheering townsfolk.

Clayton strides up to a small table near the podium.

CLAYTON:

Thank you. Vera and I have been

warmed by your hospitality. And

believe me, coming from Chicago,

that feels awfully nice.

The audience laughs politely.

CLAYTON (CONT’D)

So thank you. Now on to the

business at hand...Electricity is

the future, and electric wire is

copper wire!

He whips the velvet cover off a contraption with a light bulb

on top. He cranks the handle and the bulb LIGHTS UP.

The audience cheers and claps, in awe.

More cheering. Vera beams with pride.

3 INT. BOSTON HOUSE SALOON - NIGHT 3

Close on the WHISKEY BOTTLE, NEAR EMPTY.

A rough hand grabs the bottle... two drinks are poured.

Chalk and Bronc down their last shots. They turn to go.

FAT WALLIS (O.S.)

That’ll be three dollars.

Both men turn and stare dead-eyed at Wallis.

Wallis doesn’t want to die for three dollars. He turns away

and goes back to work.

(CONTINUED)

"APPALOOSA" GREEN REVISIONS 10/30/07 3.

3 CONTINUED:
3

Chalk and Bronc head out into the night.

4 EXT. TOWN HALL - NIGHT 4

Buggies and wagons are leaving.

one another.

Folks calling good-night to

Vera and Clayton stroll across the street into the darkness.

5 EXT. 2ND STREET, APPALOOSA - A SHORT TIME LATER - NIGHT 5

Vera and Clayton stroll the dimly lit street, arm and arm,

obviously in love.

IN THE SHADOWS - Chalk and Bronc.

CHALK:

Here he comes.

BRONC:

You sure that’s him?

Gotta be.

CHALK:

Bronc and Chalk step out of the shadows.

Vera stops when she sees them.

VERA:

(pulling Clayton’s arm)

Let’s cross.

CLAYTON:

It’ll be fine, dear.

A moment’s walk and THEY MEET on the boardwalk.

BRONC:

Where you goin’?

CLAYTON:

We’re going to our hotel. If

you’ll kindly step out of the way.

CHALK:

Good looking lady you got.

CLAYTON:

My wife.

BRONC:

She fuck as good as she looks?

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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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