The Quick and the Dead

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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 ...
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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/29/1998
  • UPC: 043396735194
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,265

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
Jerry Swindall
Kevin Conway Eugene Dred
Keith David Sgt. Cantrell
Pat Hingle Horace the Bartender
Gary Sinise Marshall
Mark Boone Jr. 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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Leo i love ya!

    ah Quick And The Dead to me its all about the young cute star Leonardo Dicaprio that makes the movie magic he's a cool actor so he's the main reason why this is such a good film bravo Leo bravo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    sharon stone was ultra cool as a gunslinger out for revenge over the death of her father but she also brings a dose of justice to the corrupt killer gene hackman as he holds a whole town hostage with his henchmen. leonardo dicaprio plays " the kid," and the motive for his being in this shooting contest is to win the respect of his father, the killer gene hackman. unfortunately, the kid gets killed off in his quest to receive the manly respect he seeks. the story was great and russell crowe who plays the former killer now turned redeemed preacher was fabulous too. don't miss this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun But Sad

    This movie isn't meant to be your average western drama. It's meant to be a charasmatic, spaggetti western, with a great cast. And it works. The best character in this movie is 'The Kid'. But I didn't like the film so much when he died. He was the best part and his character was so cool, that taking him out killed me. Gene Hackman was good as always and so was Sharon Stone and Russel Crowe. The movie is played very well and it works. Kid's death is the saddest thing in this movie because he was so energetic and entertaining.

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