R | | Crime, Drama, Romance
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 the filming was delayed, he tried to beg off, asking Ed Harris to try to find another actor. Harris interviewed 20 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 the final showdown, the shadows on Hitch and Cole vary between shots, depending upon whether the shot is from the front or the back.
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 (USA) (21 September 2008)
$20,207,003 (USA) (18 January 2009)
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