The Quick and the Dead (1995)

Directed by
Sam Raimi

A town called Redemption, in the old west, isn't big enough for two hot-shot gunslingers so mad John Herod (Gene Hackman) calls in all the crack shots from miles around to enter a deadly knockout tournament for a mouth-watering prize. One contestant he seems keen to eliminate is preacherman Cort (Russell Crowe) but female gunslinger Ellen (Sharon Stone) saves his life.

As the contest progresses and the rising bodycount embraces all the dispensable characters - including Herod's cocky son (Leonardo DiCaprio) - the reasons for the enmity between Herod and Cort and between Herod and Ellen become apparent.

Whizzkid director Sam Raimi's return to form didn't come too soon but it came with a bang in this deliriously crazy bloodfest. Glorying in the sheer squalor of a two-bit western town, Raimi makes the most of the well-sauced dialogue by the English playwright, screenwriter and sometime director Simon Moore. And his shooting style is dazzling in its self-advertising ambition (cinematographer Dante Spinotti). The town clock serves as punctuation mark as Hackman's iron rules are played out remorselessly. The bodycount is high but the way Raimi eliminates his victims is pure grandstanding stuff.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 120 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1995

3/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA/Japan

Filmed in Colour


Image for Sharon StoneSharon Stone...The Lady
Image for Gene HackmanGene Hackman...John Herod
Image for Russell CroweRussell Crowe...Cort
Image for Leonardo DiCaprioLeonardo DiCaprio...The Kid
Image for Tobin BellTobin Bell...Dog Kelly
Roberts Blossom...Doc Wallace
Kevin Conway...Eugene Dred
Image for Keith DavidKeith David...Sgt. Clay Cantrell
Lance Henriksen...Ace Hanlon
Pat Hingle...Horace
Image for Gary SiniseGary Sinise...Marshal
Mark Boone Junior...Scars
Olivia Burnette...Katie
Fay Masterson...Mattie Silk
Raynor Scheine...Ratsy