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The Quick and the Dead (1995)

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A female gunfighter returns to a frontier town where a dueling tournament is being held, which she enters in an effort to avenge her father's death.

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Sam Raimi

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Simon Moore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Stone ... Ellen
Gene Hackman ... Herod
Russell Crowe ... Cort
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Kid
Tobin Bell ... Dog Kelly
Roberts Blossom ... Doc Wallace
Kevin Conway ... Eugene Dred
Keith David ... Sgt. Cantrell
Lance Henriksen ... Ace Hanlon
Pat Hingle ... Horace the Bartender
Gary Sinise ... Marshall
Mark Boone Junior ... Scars
Olivia Burnette ... Katie
Fay Masterson ... Mattie Silk
Raynor Scheine ... Ratsy
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Storyline

Ellen, an unknown female gunslinger rides into a small, dingy and depressing prairie town with a secret as to her reason for showing up. Shortly after her arrival, a local preacher, Cort, is thrown through the saloon doors while townfolk are signing up for a gun competition. The pot is a huge sum of money and the only rule: that you follow the rules of the man that set up the contest, Herod. Herod is also the owner, leader, and "ruler" of the town. Seems he's arranged this little gun-show-off so that the preacher (who use to be an outlaw and rode with Herod) will have to fight again. Cort refuses to ever use a gun to kill again and Herod, acknowledging Cort as one of the best, is determined to alter this line of thinking ... even if it gets someone killed ... Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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In this town, you're either one or the other See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for western violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

10 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Quick and the Dead See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,515,861, 12 February 1995

Gross USA:

$18,636,537

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,636,537
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SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title "The Quick and the Dead" comes from the King James translation of the Bible, I Peter 4:5, which admonishes the believer from behaving like pagans, "who shall give account to him [Christ] that is ready to judge the quick and the dead." The phrase became better known in English as part of the Apostle's Creed, a Christian doctrine which appears to date back (at least in partial form) to the second century. The Creed, as translated in the Book of Common Prayer for the Church of England, states that Christ "...ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead." In both cases, the word "quick" is a more archaic use meaning "living" (in modern parlance, the "quick of the fingernails" is a rare instance of the older meaning); however, the movie title clearly plays off the double-meaning, in that there are two kinds of gunslingers: quick (meaning both fast and alive) and dead. See more »

Goofs

During the gunfight between Ellen and Cort, there is a close up shot of Ellen's eyes including her contact lenses. See more »

Quotes

Kid: Is it possible? Is it possible to improve on _perfection_?
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Alternate Versions

During the dinner scene with Herod and Ellen, he gives two different versions of his family history. In one, he says that his father found out his mother was unfaithful, and infers that he killed her. In the other version, he says his father was a judge who made him and his mother watch hangings. One day, his father decided there was too much evil in the world, so he put one bullet in a gun and pointed it at his wife, his son, and himself in turns, pulling the trigger each time. He ended up "blowing out the back of his head." See more »

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References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

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El Tierra Calento
Written by Alex Gonzalez
Performed by El Mariachi Tepalcatepec De Michoacan
Courtesy of Discos Dos Coronas
(A Division of Two Crowns International Inc.)
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Splatter Western
3 June 2002 | by lwjoslinSee all my reviews

"The Quick and the Dead" is a "splatter Western," directed by horror vet Sam Raimi (whose latest, as of this writing, is "Spider-Man," but who cut his teeth on the "Evil Dead" trilogy). It's set in the oh-so-ironically named lawless town of Redemption, a haven of grotesques that gives us an idea what the wild West would've looked like if had been painted, not by Frederic Remington, but by Heironymus Bosch.

In a surfeit of Biblical nomenclature, the town's mayor/owner/capo is named Herod (Gene Hackman at his oiliest, complete with bad hair). Into town there rides a mysterious stranger, not Clint Eastwood this time but Sharon Stone. I'm not the world's biggest Stone fan, but this movie and "Total Recall" indicate that she has her uses in kick-butt action roles that make no demands on her limited thespianic skills. As gunslinger Ellen, she's doubly armed--with a six-shooter, and with an axe to grind; even her "inner child" packs a gun. She enters Herod's to-the-death fast-draw tournament, a no-win, no-exit, potentially no-survivors affair, with an agenda on her mind other than just winning the prize money.

This is an overripe, over-wrought movie, but it mostly works. Raimi all but erases the slim wall between the horror and Western genres: Redemption is another Transylvanian village of simple peasants lorded over by by an evil baron, and the atmosphere--palpably oppressive and claustrophobic--could be cut with a knife. Leonardo di Caprio and veteran character actors Lance Henriksen and Roberts Blossom effectively round out the cast, and the action scenes--exaggerated, mythic, often darkly humorous--deliver. If you're more of a horror fan than a Western fan, this may be the Western for you.


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