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The Quick and the Dead (1987)

TV Movie  -   -  Western  -  28 February 1987 (USA)
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A mysterious stranger rides into a homesteading family's life when they are attacked by a ruthless gang.

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Con Vallian
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Duncan McKaskel
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Tom McKaskel
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Doc Shabitt
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The Ute
Jerry Potter ...
Red Hayle
Billy Streater ...
Ike Mantle
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Purdy Mantle
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Johnny Dobbs
Jeffrey Meyer ...
Butcher McCloud (as Jeffrey M. Meyer)
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Lenny Shabitt
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Joy the Blacksmith
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Running Wolf
Bill Stedman ...
Bartender
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Duncan and Susanna McKaskel are a young married couple travelling to the West with their son, hoping to start a new life. Along the way, they stop in a small town where they meet a gang of bandits led by Doc Shabitt. After Duncan unintentionally angers the gang, he and Susanna flee the town, but Shabitt leads his men in pursuit of revenge. A mysterious stranger by the name of Con Vallian soon begins helping the family as they try to find a new home and protects them from Shabitt's gang. Written by John Hitchcock

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Dziki i wolny  »

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Sam Elliott was the only actor considered to play Con Vallian. See more »

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Toward the end, when Duncan shoots and kills Doc Shabbitt, Doc is still breathing. See more »

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Doc Shabitt: Go on in there, Red... we hear a shot, we'll know you bought the farm.
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An Enjoyable and Exciting Western Story
8 April 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The story of The Quick and the Dead is very simple: a young married couple and their son accidentally anger a gang of bandits and they begin pursuit, then a mysterious drifter begins helping them out and protecting them from said gang. However it is still a well-written story that manages to keep you interested in what's happening.

The acting is decent enough. Sam Elliot is no Clint Eastwood but he does a good job as the stranger who befriends the young settlers who are heading West. Kate Capshaw, who you may remember as Willie Scott in Indiand Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Tom Conti also deliver some great performances as the young married couple who are travelling to the West with their son in the hopes of starting a new life.

The villains are also well-portrayed. Matt Clark manages to be intimidating as the leader of the bandits, but he manages to be a fairly complex character rather than just a cardboard-cutout villain. The rest of the gang does have their own inner-conflicts which they deal with over the course of the story.

I also thought the historical references were interesting. It is mentioned that the film takes place shortly after Custer's Last Stand, although the actual events have little bearing on the main plot beyond a very brief sub-plot which I'm not going to go into detail about.

Overall, this is a very entertaining and interesting film and I'd recommend it to any fan of Westerns.


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