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This is a very good movie!


It is shown once in a while on tv and I will post when it is to be shown again. Don't miss it if you haven't seen it.

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AMC showed it the other day but I didn't notice it until too late. Hopefully soon they will give us a second chance. They are good about that.

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its average at best IMO



When there's no more room in hell, The dead will walk the earth...

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I have to disagree. I find it to be a very good Western that is rich in it's acting, costuming, and character development. Brando made a good western here. It holds up over time. That is my opinion. Recently a movie was made with the same name, not the same plot. Just as a comparison, the new one was a complete waste of talent. I can't see watching it again ever, while I have seen this Brando movie many times (I have it on DVD).

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Very good movie? I dunno. It isn't as bad as it's reputation say's it is, but I wouldn't say very good. I very much did like the cinematography, I thought Saxon was 'very good'. Marlon was OK. Very understated, but that works for me.
The plot was just too simple, really, for me.
All in all, it's certainly watchable, but I can see where the "Brando Haters" could single this one out. It's nothing close to "One Eyed Jacks", and I've always liked "Missouri Breaks" just for that 'over the top' performance of his against Jack Nicholson. Both stars have a lot of fun during that one, and it shows.
It's no where near as good as the Sergio Leone flicks that were coming right up, however.
As a big Brando fan, I give it a 6. And the cinematography got a star or two added to get there.

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thats funny cus i loved the tension in this and found "one eyed jacks" laid back, and whats more kinda dull...whats more "missouri breaks" did seem like jack nicholson and brando were having a good time, great for them unfortunately i wasn't on the set with them i was at home watching it and didn't have a great time, too bad...to me i prefer brando's more serious roles romantic or dramatic (sayonara/godfather) but this was probably his best western although i still only thought this was good, not great...

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Gringott, actually you are incorrect...you said that recently a movie was made with the same name. Sorry, this one is THE APPALOOSA and the other title is just APPALOOSA. That one little word makes a world of difference.

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This is a movie where you have to understand the motivation of both Matt and Trini to appreciate the movie. Matt is dirt poor, has nothing except for his prize horse ( and he must retrieve it or he might as well die). Trini is in the same position. Her father sold her to John Saxon when she was 15 and she knows one day he will give her to his amigos ( and she says death is better then that). Brando may have lost interest in the movie, but somehow like Saxon manages to give s great performance. If you like Westerns it should be a must see.

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This film is a masterpiece!

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Indeed,one of the finest films ever made.Ever.Therre are no "Male"actors any longer.These men were some of the last.Saxon is brilliant.

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It is a piece of art,the cast,the Utah,California scenery,Mr.Furie,Frank Tavarese especially.Saxon,Brando and some of the best character actors on earth.By the way,EVERYTHING that Eastwood has done lacks any originality.
He plagerizes entire scenes word for word from earlier Westerns.
Eastwood is Caucasian,for that,I applaud him.

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Rented this film based on the star, Marlon Brando.This is a very bad movie.Brando could have phoned in his role.Lackluster describes him perfectly.The best thing about it was the horse and the beautiful cinematography.

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Brando could have phoned in his role

How 'bout this from the Trivia section:

"According to co-star John Saxon, Marlon Brando's relationship with director Sidney J. Furie got to the point where Brando, when getting ready to do a close-up, would be reading a book. He would only lower the book when Furie yelled "Action". When he yelled "Cut", Brando would raise the book again."


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WHAT KIND OF A FILM REVIEWER ARE YOU BRANDO AND I ARE BOTH 100 PERCENT IRISH......

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Not a good movie. Couldn't believe the truly underachieving Brando in this and when I read the trivia section afterwards where Brando's relationship with Furie is explained I thought: 'yeah, no wonder he is lacklustre in this'. Saxon easily steals every scene.
And what's up with those annoying close-ups and unnecessary unusual camerashots and set-ups all the time? You can tell Hollywood was trying to catch up with Leone's popular spaghetti-westerns at the time but it felt so out of place in this, in which is a rather classic story.

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