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Red Rock West (1993)

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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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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...All Roads Lead To Intrigue. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)


$2,502,551 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

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


It appears Hopper had an automatic pistol that he had fired once in shooting out the windshield. Cage was aware that the magazine clip had been removed from the weapon that ended on the seat of the car, placed there by Walsh who picked up the weapon from the ground and was retrieved by Boyle before taking it on the train with Cage. it seems there should have been a round in the automatic's cylinder even though the clip was removed. I do not know much about weapons but I thought people got killed daily by weapons they believe are empty because the clip was removed.It seems it should have fired once at Cage when the trigger was pulled. See more »


Lyle: Don't piss on the seat, even if they did. It's bad luck.
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks: Mom & Dad See more »


Referenced in U Turn (1997) See more »


Written by Buddy Cannon & Luke Reed
Performed by Jeff Chance
Courtesy of Mercury Records Nashville
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Crappy Sierra Madre Wannabe
29 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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Let's address the elephant in the room first, the movie is boring and Hopper is a dreadful actor. The movie even for its short length is boring. The other main problem is the phoniness of the script. What is this the Twilight Zone? He just cannot get out of town; everything works so he is trapped there. Only one other movie tried this and it is even worse than this: Oliver Stone's stink bomb U Turn. That film makes his Natural Born Killers look like Citizen Kane. From the beginning, with his arrival, his being mistaken by Wayne as Lyle the movie's sense of reality is painful. If you were hiring a hit-man, would you want a bit of a physical description of him? Does Cage remotely look like Lyle? What because they both drive cars with Texas license plates? Are you kidding me, who believes this? This and the terrible acting, with the exception of Walsh, the only actor in the cast doomed the movie at the box office. Everyone remember the killer Bronson in the Mechanic? Would he have given a hitchhiker a ride? Chatted amiably with him and been thrilled they both were in Vietnam? How dorky!

The contrivances to keep Michael in Red Rock would make Rod Serling say,"forget it, nobody will buy that, too phony." The pacing of the movie is like geological time, sloow. Hopper wrecks the movie with his ham bone overacting like he destroyed Blue Velvet. From the moment they get Wayne at jail until the crappy scene in the graveyard; Hopper shows why you do not want him in your movie. He is doing Frank Booth light here; it is so obvious and it destroys any remaining reality of the film. Yes, when I am desperate and just got money to kill Wayne's wife, I always stop at the local Holiday Inn for some quick bed action? One ridiculous scene after another with some really bad acting by Flynn Boyle and Hopper lay waste to the film. I love anti greed movies like Sierra Madre but please the writing and acting here are not remotely in the same league. Bogie, Huston and Holt versus Hopper, Flynn Boyle and Cage, the latter shows why he is an action movie star. In drama, like Bangkok Dangerous he is out of his genre. Do not believe me? Watch Matchstick Men, it bombed for a reason.

The greed message is lost among the wreckage that is this movie. When it was released it played at small art theaters for a reason, nobody would buy it for their big theaters. It was gone in a few weeks. Boring and slow like molasses, badly acted and written; it was held up as some wannabe Noir in color, no it is just crap, sorry.

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