The Appaloosa

Synopsis: Matt Fletcher, a Mexican-American buffalo hunter is constantly harassed and humiliated by bandit general Chuy Medina. When the bandit steals his horse - the appaloosa of the title - he sets out to even scores; at the climax, single-handedly, he takes on the whole gang.
Genre: Western
Director(s): Sidney J. Furie
Production: Universal
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win.
98 min


I'm- - I'm havin'

a little trouble

gettin' started, Father.

You are in the house

of God now, my son.

Speak from your heart.

Well, uh...

I've done a lot of killin'.

I've killed a lot of men and

sinned with a lot of women.

But the men l- - I killed

needed killin'

and the women wanted sinnin',

and- - and I never was

one much to argue.

Most of the men I killed

was in the war.

So I suppose that

makes it all right,

don't it, Father?

Go to the altar, my son,

light a candle,

and ask God.

All right.

I'm home here now

for good, Father.

I have a little family here.

And, uh, I don't want

no more trouble.

I just want a peaceful life

with God's blessing.

Did He forgive you


Perhaps another time?

Lazaro, bring the men

to the cantina for a drink.

Is this the kind you meant?

Chuy, I want to

go back to Cocatlan.

Six months you beg Chuy

to take you to Ojo Prieto.

And when you see him

talk to one blonde woman,

you are afraid

you'll lose him to a gringa.

It is not the woman

that frightens me.

One man

with his filthy hands

in the church.

He touched you?

He is still in the church?

If he is, you will know him.

He is dirty and has a beard.

This is for you.

Thank you.

Before you finish,

make one prayer

to Our Lady

to beg forgiveness.

All right.


my woman wished

to be married in this church.

She says you like

to love here.

I think you should die here.

I don't know

what you're talkin' about.


my woman tells me

you violated her here.

Oh, you got

the wrong man, mister.

I don't know you

and I don't know your woman.

I never...

I haven't been here

but one hour in this town.

I never violated no woman.

No, seor, if you had,

He would have killed you.

Does you try,

I will kill you.

Are you talkin'

about that woman

that was just in here?

I never touched her.

If she told you

that's what I did,

then she's lyin'.

Because that's not true.

Get up.

You better start

makin' some sense, mister,

'cause you're

makin' a big mistake.

Get up!


She was tryin' to run away

on that horse, Chuy.

I was buying that horse

from the gringo

in the church.

I tell her to mount the horse,

to ride it

to see if it rides

as well as it looks.

You must forgive

these stupidities,

mi am0r.

Now, you just tell me

about the horse.

I, too, have always

admired the appaloosa.

Such a beautiful animal.

Tell me, then,

does he ride

as good as he looks?

You were tryin'

to run away from me?

In front of my pistoleros?


You were tryin' out a horse

you wish me to buy for you.

Thanks for holdin' my horse.

Don't do it again.

It was all

a misunderstandin',


You know

how are the women.

She could not decide

which one to choose,

but now that

she has ridden it,

it pleases her very much.

I will buy it for her.

No, you won't.

This horse

ain't for sale.

Oh, seor,

I can understand your anger.

The horse is worth much more

than I offered for it before.

But do not take that

as an insult.

Seor, I, uh, I, uh,

must have your horse.

I will give you $500,

American money.

All you're gonna give me,

mister, is a bad case

of worms.

No, seor.

You agreed

to sell me your horse.

You cannot now

go back on your word.

Well, I'll give you

my word.

The next time

you point a gun at me,

you better pull the trigger,

because I'm gonna blow you

into so many pieces,

your friends will get tired

of lookin' for you.

Pap! Mam!

Pap! Pap!

Pap! Pap!



Pap, look!


Get everybody inside.

Mam! Get everyone

into the house.

Get in the house.

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