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Red Rock West (1993)

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Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vance Johnson ...
Mr. Johnson
Robert Apel ...
Bobby Joe McFadden ...
Old Man
Ted Parks ...
Babs Bram ...
Robert Guajardo ...
Sarah Sullivan ...
Deputy Greytack
Deputy Bowman


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

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Release Date:

14 May 1993 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Delito em Red Rock West  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Dennis Hopper's character drives a 1973 Buick Riviera See more »


Red Rock, Wyoming, is supposedly 50 miles east of Medicine Bow. Near the end of the film, a deputy announces that he's 'called for backup from Laramie and Rawlins.' Within moments (even allowing for movie time), several police cars show up to chase down 'the man from Texas.' Given Red Rock's supposed location, it would be around 80 miles from Laramie and over 100 miles from Rawlins. So how did those cops get there that fast? See more »


Lyle: [Hitman Lyle from Dallas finds Michael laying down in the middle of the road] What the fuck are you doing?
Michael Williams: My car broke down.
Lyle: Where? I don't see a car.
Michael Williams: It's just over that ridge.
Lyle: 'Just over that ridge', huh? Well you're one lucky son of a bitch, aren't you? If I hadn't had my brakes just done, I'd be picking your brains out of my radiator. Fuck.
Michael Williams: Look, I hate to ask you this, but do you think you could give me a ride?
Lyle: I don't know. You're not dangerous, are you?
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Special Thanks: Mom & Dad See more »


Referenced in Baja (1995) See more »


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 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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