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Red Rock West (1993)

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When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of... See full summary »

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Lyle
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Suzanne Brown
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Deputy Matt Greytack
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Deputy Russ Bowman
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Truck Driver
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Jim
Vance Johnson ...
Mr. Johnson
Robert Apel ...
Howard
Bobby Joe McFadden ...
Old Man
Dale Gibson ...
Kurt
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Babs Bram ...
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Robert Guajardo ...
Doctor
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When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his getaway, things go wrong, and soon get worse when he runs into the real hitman, Lyle. Written by Rob Hartill

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hitman | money | wyoming | texan | ex marine | See more »

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Rated R for language and violence, and for sexuality | See all certifications »

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16 June 1993 (France)  »

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Red Rock West  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,502,551 (USA)
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Trivia

John Dahl named Dennis Hopper's character "Lyle from Dallas" after the director's first guitar, a Lyle guitar. See more »

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The train is Southern Pacific, correct for the shooting locale, Arizona, but not possible for the story's setting in Wyoming where it would be Union Pacific. See more »

Quotes

Lyle: Wayne? She got away. The cowboy was here, they got the jump on me.
Wayne: Do you know where they went?
Lyle: Hell, no. How could I? I've been staring at my eyelids for the last hour and a half.
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ALONE IN SAN ANTONE
Written by Buddy Cannon & Luke Reed
Performed by Jeff Chance
Courtesy of Mercury Records Nashville
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Pleasantly Murderous
30 July 2004 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

A basically decent drifter (Nicolas Cage) lands in the tiny town of Red Rock, Wyoming, looking for work. When he stops in the bar, the bar owner (J. T. Walsh) asks why he took so long and asks him to step in the back office so they can discuss the job. Cage plays along, then discovers the work is to kill the bar owner's wife. He takes the money, drives out to the ranch to warn the wife (Laura Flynn Boyle), and starts to leave town. Problems arise and he returns to town in time to witness the real hit man (Dennis Hopper) arrive. Things go downhill for the Cage character after that.

This is an excellent, convoluted, well-acted and offbeat mystery. Funny, too. Cage never knows what's happening, but everybody else assumes he does. Dennis Hopper again plays a charming semi-psycho but he hadn't patented the style yet so it seems fresh. J. T. Walsh was a great character actor who died young. He's outstanding as the bar owner...who also happens to be the sheriff. He has one or two other secrets as well. And if Boyle doesn't rev your engine, you may need a tune up. She's more ruthless than the lot of them.


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