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
About 25 minutes into the film Sharon Stone's character is at the bar drinking and "Kelly" challenges her to a shoot out. There is a Standing Liberty Quarter visible on the bar, presumably in payment for the drink. The film takes place in the 1870's, but that type of quarter was not made until 1916. 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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