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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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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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Dooley: I know that after all we've been through it's gonna seem kind of dumb to you, but I think I'm gonna stay here.
Cowboy: The longer I live, the more I have to reconsider what I think is dumb.
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Unbelievable - in the bad sense.
18 May 1999 | by (Shetland, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I had hoped that this was a badly made spoof, but alas no.

This is not a good western. Emilio Estevez simply does not look the part in the lead role. Having him being part of a group of teen bandits may have worked, but as a supposed a 'mysterious stranger' it does not.

Estevez grimaces, squints and scowls in all the right places but he just seems like a college kid on a day trip to the country. The first gunfight in a bar was quite amusing in places, though this was probably not the directors intention, as he desperately tries to paint Estevez as a highly skilled and near god-like gunman of the Wild West.

You are led to believe that Estevez can drop his whisky, pick up his gun (which seems to be some sort of automatically reloading sixty-shooter), shoot people though walls and doors with the aid of some kind of X-ray vision, and catch his whisky before it hits the floor.

The plot revolves around a chase for a hidden fortune, which is a fair basis for a western, like Sergio Leone's brilliant The Good, The Bad and the Ugly starring Clint Eastwood. Even Clint Eastwood has to reload _his_ gun once in a while.

But towards the end I wasn't involved enough to care if they ever got the money.


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