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Dollar for the Dead (1998)

TV Movie  |  TV-14  |   |  Western  |  11 October 1998 (USA)
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In this tribute to the old time spaghetti westerns with a liberal dose of modern Hong Kong film-making thrown in, Emilio Estevez assumes Clint Eastwood's "man with no name" role. Estevez ... See full summary »

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Federale captain (as Jordi Molla)
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Col. Skinner (Redleg commander) (as Johnathan Banks)
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Howie Long ...
Reager
Lance Kinsey ...
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George Bullock ...
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In this tribute to the old time spaghetti westerns with a liberal dose of modern Hong Kong film-making thrown in, Emilio Estevez assumes Clint Eastwood's "man with no name" role. Estevez plays a super-quick gunman on the run from a rancher (Long) and his men out to kill him for killing his son. The gunman gets mixed up with a former Confederate soldier (William Forsythe) who has knowledge of hidden gold. The only trouble is he is also pursued by Union soldiers. When they free a man (Ed Lauter) with part of the map to the gold, they then are also pursued by Spanish soldiers. It all leads to a small Mexican town terrorized by soldiers and led a by a good priest (Joaquim De Almeida) who also has knowledge of the gold. Written by John Sacksteder <Jsack@ka.net>

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Reager's friend: There's always someone faster.
Gambler - Sterling: He's the one.
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Two bits, four bits, six bits....
17 June 2002 | by (North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Emilio Estevez is a nameless cowboy hunting down a half million

dollars worth of Confederate gold in this very exciting homage to

the spaghetti westerns of the 1960's. Estevez finds out about the

gold from William Forsythe, playing a rare good guy role here.

Forsythe is a one legged Confederate veteran who has a holster

that contains part of a map that will lead to a half million dollars in

gold. Forsythe also has Jonathan Banks and a bunch of renegade

Confederates on his tail. Estevez also has problems, being

tracked by Howie Long and his band of Regulators for the killing of

Long's son. Estevez and Forsythe team up to find the other three

holsters, complete the map, and get the gold.

Quintano uses the opening gunfight to tell the viewer that this is

not your run of the mill cable television western. You can spot tips

of the hat to "The Matrix" and John Woo films as Estevez leaps,

jumps, and shoots from the hip in more ways than one. The best

scene involves Estevez dropping a drink, pulling and shooting a

bad guy, and catching his drink before it hits the floor.

While Estevez and Forsythe shoot their way toward the Mexican

border, priest Joaquim de Almeida must contend with the Mexican

Federales, who suspect the padre knows where the gold is. Soon,

Estevez and Forsythe find themselves fending off three different

armies of armed men, while still getting to the treasure. The final

gunfight in a Mexican fort is outstanding.

Quintano, who has worked on everything from "The Musketeer" to

Police Academy films, does an excellent job in his writer/director

chair. His use of the camera will recall those great Sergio Leone

films, and he takes the action one step further, defying all logic and

belief, and making it really thrilling to watch. My one quibble is that I

wish the villains Banks and Long had been fleshed out more, but

this is a minor complaint.

Estevez seems physically wrong in the role, but he is not the

quipping Billy the Kid of the "Young Guns" series. He eventually

won me over, and I liked what he did with a role he is wrong for.

Forsythe is great as Dooley, the peg legged treasure hunter. He is

likable without going over the top into comedy relief territory. Ed

Lauter is also here as one of the pair's earliest partners, and his

part is just right. Long has a good look about him, and he is tough.

He should keep taking roles like this in order to bone up his skills

before tackling the big screen again ("Firestorm," anyone?). Banks

does not have much to do, but he is also good as the Confederate

commander.

Plot and exposition are spotty as the main attraction here is the

action. Thankfully, Quintano keeps us interested with incredible

set pieces you have never seen in a western before. This is not a

documentary, Quintano lets you know this right away, so as bodies

fly through the air and stagecoaches explode, you are totally

enthralled.

"Dollar for the Dead" probably could have handled itself in a big

screen release. Since westerns are out of vogue now, we must

rely on cable television to fill our appetites. This is definitely a good

one, and I highly recommend it.

This is unrated, and contains physical violence, strong gun

violence, mild gore, some profanity, and some sexual references.


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