R | | Action, Crime, Drama
Two friends hired to police a small town that is suffering under the rule of a rancher find their job complicated by the arrival of a young widow.
Viggo Mortensen had committed to this movie during a busy stretch of work. When filming was delayed, he tried to beg off, asking Actor, Writer, Producer, and Director Ed Harris to try to find another actor. Harris interviewed twenty others for the role, but they either declined or weren't right for the part. Viggo agreed to do it, and according to Harris, "Two days before we started principal photography, Viggo shows up in New Mexico. He's ready to go. He's done research on the period. He's given really great thought to his character. He had detailed ideas about his wardrobe and his props. He was in excellent shape and good spirits, and he subsequently played Everett Hitch to perfection. Viggo Mortensen is a man of his word."
Marshall Jack Bell:
Randall, I'm afraid I gotta take two of your boys back into town with me.
Randall Bragg: You're outside your jurisdiction, marshal. And you're trespassing on my land.
Marshall Jack Bell: They murdered that fellow from Chicago, and then they raped and killed his wife. I'm taking 'em in.
Randall Bragg: ...
During the opening murder scene, the cocking lever of the Winchester is fully down (probably a jammed blank didn't eject). There's a cutaway and then while Bragg is still walking away, we clearly see the rifle with the cocking lever is now fully retracted.
While being credited, items relating to positions and roles are displayed. Examples: Producers are listed as money is shown, an antique ink dryer is shown for the editor, production designer shows an antique tin cup and costume designer shows the top of a hat.
English, Apache languages, Spanish
$248,847 21 September 2008