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 cast had fun on set with the guns. They would greet each other with a "How are you?" and then go for their guns to see who could outdraw the other. See more »
About sixty-three minutes into the picture, when Herod has the duel with Sargent Cantrell, we're shown Herod firing his weapon at Cantrell's head and when the bullet hits Cantrell, suddenly there's a huge hole that appears all the way through the Sargent's head, and it is about the size of an egg: perhaps four inches or so, diametrically. Such a large wound would be impossible with such a small caliber weapon as Herod was characterized as having used in the scene. See more »
[after killing all of Herod's henchmen]
Sorry, John. Changed the rules. From now on, all the fights are fair.
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This movie uses lot's of ingredients used in classic westerns. It does it in a fun way but it doesn't spoof the classic westerns in any way and it never becomes humorous or a parody that makes fun of the genre.
Who would have known, Sharon Stone is a believable cowgirl. I think it's fair for me to say that she's the best I have seen in a western. The movie also features both Russell Crow and Leonardo DiCaprio before their days of fame and big Dollars. It's always fun and great to have Gene Hackman in a villain role and he makes this movie an even more pleasant watch. The movie features lot's of other fun and stereotype western characters.
The settings and costumes are great and real western like and help to create the right atmosphere for the movie. The great western score is by Alan Silvestri and fits the movie well, even though the score goes a bit too much "Back to the Future" like at times.
The movie is filled with some unusual but great Sam Raimi like cinematography and tricks.
Just enjoy and don't pay attention to the story. It is just simple entertainment!
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