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The Quick and the Dead (1987)

Not Rated | | Western | TV Movie 28 February 1987
A mysterious stranger rides into a homesteading family's life when they are attacked by a ruthless gang.

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Complete credited cast:
... Con Vallian
... Duncan McKaskel
... Susanna McKaskel
Kenny Morrison ... Tom McKaskel
... Doc Shabitt
... The Ute
Jerry Potter ... Red Hayle
Billy Streater ... Ike Mantle
... Purdy Mantle
R.L. Tolbert ... Johnny Dobbs
Jeffrey Meyer ... Butcher McCloud (as Jeffrey M. Meyer)
... Lenny Shabitt
... Joy the Blacksmith
... Running Wolf
Bill Stedman ... Bartender
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Storyline

Duncan and Susanna McKaskel are a young married couple travelling to the West with their son, hoping to start a new life. Along the way, they stop in a small town where they meet a gang of bandits led by Doc Shabitt. After Duncan unintentionally angers the gang, he and Susanna flee the town, but Shabitt leads his men in pursuit of revenge. A mysterious stranger by the name of Con Vallian soon begins helping the family as they try to find a new home and protects them from Shabitt's gang. Written by John Hitchcock

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28 February 1987 (USA)  »

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Dziki i wolny  »

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The cast rehearsed for a week prior to shooting. See more »

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Toward the end, when Duncan shoots and kills Doc Shabbitt, Doc is still breathing. See more »

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Con Vallian: Shoot to kill. Wounds don't impress them. They've all been shot before.
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This is one terrific western
16 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is one terrific western film. Sam Elliott, who is marvelous as a "Shane-like" character, plays a drifter who follows a family of green homesteaders across the western plains and protects them from a savage pack of outlaws. The family, which includes Tom Conti and Kate Capshaw, also becomes more sufficient as the story progresses. It's a lean, well-directed film, with not a scene or character wasted. Not until Unforgiven did a western film arrives as superior as this HBO production. The story is based on an entertaining L. Lamour novel of the same name. The novel has a significant plot twist from the film, which I won't reveal here.


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