Ed Harris Directs “Appaloosa”

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Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen (“Eastern Promises”), four-time Oscar nominee Ed Harris (“Pollock”), Academy Award winner Renee Zellweger (“Cold Mountain”) and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons (“Reversal of Fortune”) star in the Western “Appaloosa,” adapted from the Robert B. Parker novel.

Set in 1882 in the Old West territory of New Mexico, “Appaloosa” revolves around city marshal Virgil Cole (Harris) and his deputy and partner Everett Hitch (Mortensen), who have made their reputation as peacekeepers in the lawless towns springing up in the untamed land.

In the small mining community of Appaloosa, a ruthless, powerful rancher named Randall Bragg (Irons) has allowed his band of outlaws to run roughshod over the town. After the cold-blooded murder of Appaloosa’s city marshal, Cole and Hitch are hired to bring the murderer to justice.

While establishing new authority with equal parts grit and guns, Cole and Hitch meet provocative newcomer Allison French (Zellweger), whose unconventional ways threaten to undermine their progress and to destroy the two lawmen’s decade-old partnership.

New Line Cinema presents in association with Axon Films, a Groundswell Production of an Ed Harris film, “Appaloosa,” starring Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Renee Zellweger, Jeremy Irons, Timothy Spall and Lance Henriksen.

The film was directed by Ed Harris from a screenplay by Robert Knott & Ed Harris, based on the novel by Robert B. Parker. Harris, Knott and Ginger Sledge produced the film, with Michael London, Cotty Chubb, Toby Emmerich and Sam Brown serving as executive producers.

The behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Dean Semler, production designer Waldemar Kalinowski, editor Kathryn Himoff and costume designer David Robinson. The music is by Jeff Beal.

“Appaloosa” reunites Ed Harris with a number of colleagues from his past films, including Viggo Mortensen (“A History of Violence”), Timothy Spall (“To Kill a Priest”), Lance Henriksen (“The Right Stuff”), and Timothy V. Murphy (“National Treasure: Book of Secrets”). Returning to collaborate with Harris from his feature film debut, “Pollock,” are costume designer David Robinson and editor Kathryn Himoff, as well as cast members Tom Bower and Robert Knott.

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