UC Berkeley Library

Western

Appaloosa (2008)

Directed by Ed Harris. Cast: Jeremy Irons, Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen, Renée Zellweger, Timothy Spall, Lance Henriksen, Tom Bower, James Gammon. 1880s, the American West. Randall Bragg is a rich landowner who is wanted for murdering the town marshal. Lawman Virgil Cole and his deputy Everett Hitch are two friends who are hired to defend a lawless town from the murderous rancher. Their efforts become complicated and their friendship is tested when a young widow arrives in town. Based on the novel by Robert B. Parker.

The Alamo (1960)

Directed by John Wayne. Cast: John Wayne, Richard Widmark, Laurence Harvey, Frankie Avalon, Patrick Wayne, Richard Boone, Linda Cristal, Joan O'BrienFilm depicts a pivotal event in American history - the battle of the Alamo when 185 "Texans" stood against a 7,000-man Mexican army. The battle ended in the smaller forces' defeat, but lasted long enough to insure the eventual independence of Texas. 202 min.

The Alamo (2004)

Directed by John Lee Hancock. Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid, Jason Patric, Patrick Wilson, Jordi Molla, Emilio Echevarria, Marc Blucas, Leon Rippy. Retells the story of the historic 1836 battle in the Texan War of Independence. Facing 4,000 Mexican troops, 186 Texan soldiers and volunteers - including William Travis, Davy Crockett, and Jim Bowie - retreat within the walls of the Alamo, a Franciscan mission that was converted into a military fort. Once inside, the men prepare themselves for what will be a bloody battle to the death. U.S.

The American Cinema: The Western

Cast: clips and critical commentary on films from John Ford's seminal Stagecoach (1939), Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven (1992) through the work of Arthur Penn, Sam Peckinpah, and other important directors, the program traces the aesthetic evolution of the Western film as well as the sociological importance of the genre. 1994. 55 min.