|Directed by||Sidney J. Furie|
|Produced by||Alan Miller|
|Music by||Frank Skinner|
|Editing by||Ted J. Kent|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||January 1966|
|Running time||98 min.|
The Appaloosa (a.k.a.: "Southwest to Sonora") is a 1966 American Western film Technicolor (set in the 1870s) from Universal Pictures starring Marlon Brando, Anjanette Comer and John Saxon, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a Mexican bandit. The film was directed by Sidney J. Furie, shot in Mexico.
The 2008 Appaloosa film (starring Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen) is not related nor a remake of this film, although it almost has the same movie title.
The title character is a beautiful horse (a breed, the Appaloosa) of Matt Fletcher (Marlon Brando), a Mexican-American buffalo hunter returns home only to have his beloved horse stolen by a powerful bandit, Chuy Medina (John Saxon) with the help of the bandit's girlfriend, Trini (Anjanette Comer) in the border town of Ojo Prieto. Trini was sold to Chuy at the age of 15, but now, is brutalized and soon to be discarded.
Matt begins to hunt down the bandit to recapture the horse, but finds matters more complicated than expected when he meets the girlfriend of the bandit. Fletcher is subjected to torture and humiliation by Chuy and his minions. A later foray into Medina's camp results in a brutal wrestling match between Fletcher and the bandito. Again left to die, Fletcher is rescued by Trini, who despises her "lover", Chuy, and prefers Fletcher's company. During the violence-laden climax, Fletcher is forced to choose between Trini and his beloved Appaloosa. Matt, realizing that Trini means more to him than the horse, sends out the Appaloosa to draw Chuy's fire. As the bandit aims for the horse, Matt fires and kills him. Matt and Trini then cross the border with the Appaloosa to start a new life.
This film has been called "Brando's spaghetti western". It was released as Southwest to Sonora in the United Kingdom.
The rifle Brando uses in the beginning is a Sharps Buffalo Rifle.
- Marlon Brando as Matt Fletcher
- Anjanette Comer as Trini
- John Saxon as Chuy Medina
- Emilio Fernández as Lazaro
- Alex Montoya as Squint Eye
- Míriam Colón as Ana
- Rafael Campos as Paco
- Frank Silvera as Ramos
- Larry D. Mann as Priest
- Argentina Brunetti as Yaqui woman
- List of American films of 1966