Film adaptation of street tough Jim Carroll's epistle about his kaleidoscopic free fall into the harrowing world of drug addiction. As a member of a seemingly unbeatable high school ... See full summary »
Monsieur Cinema, a hundred years old, lives alone in a large villa. His memories fade away, so he engages a young woman to tell him stories about all the movies ever made. Also a line of ... See full summary »
Twenty-something Richard travels to Thailand and finds himself in possession of a strange map. Rumours state that it leads to a solitary beach paradise, a tropical bliss - excited and intrigued, he sets out to find it.
Ellen, an unknown female gunslinger rides into a small, dingy and depressing prairie town with a secret as to her reason for showing up. Shortly after her arrival, a local preacher, Cort, is thrown through the saloon doors while townfolk are signing up for a gun competition. The pot is a huge sum of money and the only rule: that you follow the rules of the man that set up the contest, Herod. Herod is also the owner, leader, and "ruler" of the town. Seems he's arranged this little gun-show-off so that the preacher (who use to be an outlaw and rode with Herod) will have to fight again. Cort refuses to ever use a gun to kill again and Herod, acknowledging Cort as one of the best, is determined to alter this line of thinking ... even if it gets someone killed ... Written by
The title "The Quick and the Dead" comes from the King James translation of the Bible, I Peter 4:5, which admonishes the believer from behaving like pagans, "who shall give account to him [Christ] that is ready to judge the quick and the dead." The phrase became better known in English as part of the Apostle's Creed, a Christian doctrine which appears to date back (at least in partial form) to the second century. The Creed, as translated in the Book of Common Prayer for the Church of England, states that Christ "...ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead." In both cases, the word "quick" is a more archaic use meaning "living" (in modern parlance, the "quick of the fingernails" is a rare instance of the older meaning); however, the movie title clearly plays off the double-meaning, in that there are two kinds of gunslingers: quick (meaning both fast and alive) and dead. See more »
The bills in Herod's right hand disappear and reappear between cuts. See more »
"Quick and the dead" may hold your attention quite a bit...
Sharon Stone is another gun in the old West town It seems that she is here to pay off an old score that has haunted her since she was a child She becomes swept up in a deadly quick-draw contest where anybody can challenge anybody in the windy dusty streets The fighters must not draw until the clock makes the first chime of the hour Whoever is standing after the draw is the winner The prize is $123,000
The lawless town of Redemption is ruled by a despicable ironfisted gunman called John Herod who takes a lot to scare him Hackman plays pretty well the kind people hate He is, here, a fearless, sadistic, cold-blooded killer in charge of everything, who decides who lives or who dies
Herod wants a preacher in the tournament even if he has to beat, kick, and knock him to the ground to force him back into it Cort humiliated and chained out by the fountainused to be pretty fast, faster than Herod But now he wouldn't hurt a fly He is a man of peace who has renounced violence Years ago he was an outlaw In fact, he was only a kid when he hitched up with Herod He singled him out because he was a little smarter, a little faster than most Now, he must revert to his former believes to survive
As Cort, Russell Crowe is saintly when compared to the movie's real villain Cort tries to redeem himself, but gets enticed into the killing by Herod who is trying to prove that he's a fraud...
Several other men were just running a little errand for Herod But Herod made an example of them all: the buffoon card shark (Lance Henriksen); the hired gun moseying into town to kill (Keith David); the teenager gunslinger who thinks he is on a different level (Leonardo DiCaprio).
Raimi succeeds through his shots of each gunfighter to show the worried and scared faces of each gunfighter, the clock counting away the time, and Herod's magnified evil smile
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