Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) -- and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) -- to take action.
Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together with an old Indian fighter and a gambler, they help a rancher and his family fight a rival rancher that is trying to steal their water.
After arriving in India, Indiana Jones is asked by a desperate village to find a mystical stone. He agrees, and stumbles upon a secret cult plotting a terrible plan in the catacombs of an ancient palace.
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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 »
When The Kid draws against Scars, the closeup shot appears to show him shooting left handed, but the film is actually reversed, indicated by his revolver's ejector rod being on the wrong side of the gun's barrel. After Scars fires, the distant shot of The Kid shows him holding his revolver in his right hand. See more »
The Smith and Wesson Schofield .45. Just meat and potatoes. Me and Jesse James think it's the best handgun in the world. Had the trigger guard removed, it saves drawin' time. Don't ever wear it when you're drunk, or you'll kill your feet.
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"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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