Quick and the Dead
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Quick and the Dead

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Director: Sam Raimi

Cast: Sam Raimi, Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe

     
 

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Director Sam Raimi brings his trademark comic book-influenced visual panache to this post-modern Western. Sharon Stone stars as Ellen, a mysterious female gunslinger who arrives in the frontier hamlet of Redemption for a contest pitting quick-draw artists against each other. The event is the brainchild of Redemption's evil, corrupt mayor, Herod (Gene Hackman), a… See more details below

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Overview

Director Sam Raimi brings his trademark comic book-influenced visual panache to this post-modern Western. Sharon Stone stars as Ellen, a mysterious female gunslinger who arrives in the frontier hamlet of Redemption for a contest pitting quick-draw artists against each other. The event is the brainchild of Redemption's evil, corrupt mayor, Herod (Gene Hackman), a criminal who has taken over the town and charges a 50% tax on local businesses. The pot for Herod's deadly game has swollen, attracting numerous colorful gunfighters from around the territory. As each battle thins the ranks of players, the pasts of several participants are revealed. Ellen is seeking revenge on Herod for a heinous past injustice. The fast-talking braggart known as "The Kid" (Leonardo DiCaprio) may in fact be Herod's son. The pacifist Reverend Cort (Russell Crowe), who refuses to participate in the bloodshed, is the fastest draw in the West and a former colleague of Herod's. After several spectacular slayings, Ellen and Herod stage a final showdown, but not before he has made her an unexpected proposal. The Quick and the Dead (1995) is dedicated to veteran Western actor Woody Strode, who appears in a cameo as Redemption's coffin maker, his final performance.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Sam Raimi's hyper-stylized contemporary Western is a delightful diversion. While the cult director has taken hits for his style-over-substance format, this film boasts a taut storyline and a number of interestingly sketched characters, brought to life by the likes of Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, and cult favorites Keith David and Lance Henriksen. Though his absurdist tendencies have been frowned upon in purist cinematic circles, here this proclivity makes Raimi a singular director. Tackling the Western genre in an offbeat manner may have offended the Hollywood hard-line, but it proves a sure-fire formula for creating entertainment value, with Raimi's comical treatment of blood-and-gut gore reflecting a modern American desensitization towards violence. Overall, this is a superbly crafted picture with some very excusable flaws and will surely satisfy fans of Raimi's over-the-top technique; though no Evil Dead, the director's cryptic, quirky tone persists in making this an infectiously fun film to watch.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/1998
UPC:
0043396735194
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
16,771

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sharon Stone Ellen
Gene Hackman Herod
Russell Crowe Cort
Leonardo DiCaprio Kid
Tobin Bell Dog Kelly
Roberts Blossom Doc Wallace
Lance Henriksen Ace Hanlon
Francine Maisler Actor
Jerry Swindall Actor
Kevin Conway Eugene Dred
Keith David Sgt. Cantrell
Pat Hingle Horace the Bartender
Gary Sinise Marshall
Mark Boone Scars
Olivia Burnette Katie
Fay Masterson Mattie Silk
Raynor Scheine Ratsy
Scott Spiegel Gold Teeth Man
Sven Ole Thorsen Gutzon
Josef Rainer Virgil Sparks
Scott Ryder Gunfighter
John Cameron Bordello Swell
Bruce Campbell Wedding Shemp (cut out)
Mike "Clay" Stone Counselor
Mick Garris Young Herod's Man
Oliver Dear Young Herod's Man
Woody Strode Charlie Moonlight
Greg Goossen Young Herod's Man
Jonothon Gill Spotted Horse

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director
Chuck Binder Co-producer
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
John Cameron Asst. Director
Joshua Donen Producer
Toby Jaffe Executive Producer
Gary D. Liddiard Makeup
Francine Maisler Casting
Dennis L. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Patrick Markey Producer,Production Designer
Simon Moore Screenwriter
Hilton Rosemarin Set Decoration/Design
Steven A. Saklad Art Director
Al di Sarro Special Effects
John Sayles Screenwriter
Pietro Scalia Editor
Allen Shapiro Producer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Sharon Stone Co-producer
Robert Tapert Executive Producer
Bob Wagner Asst. Director

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