Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue.

Director:

John Dahl

Writers:

John Dahl, Rick Dahl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Michael
Craig Reay ... Jim
Vance Johnson Vance Johnson ... Mr. Johnson
Robert Apel Robert Apel ... Howard
Bobby Joe McFadden Bobby Joe McFadden ... Old Man
J.T. Walsh ... Wayne
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Suzanne
Dale Gibson ... Kurt
Ted Parks Ted Parks ... Cashier
Babs Bram Babs Bram ... Receptionist
Robert Guajardo Robert Guajardo ... Doctor
Sarah Sullivan Sarah Sullivan ... Nurse
Timothy Carhart ... Deputy Greytack
Dan Shor ... Deputy Bowman
Dennis Hopper ... Lyle
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Storyline

When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his getaway, things go wrong, and soon get worse when he runs into the real hitman, Lyle. Written by Rob Hartill

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Taglines:

Where nothing is as it seems. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence, and for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

All three lead actors also appeared in works by David Lynch: Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet (1986), Nicolas Cage in Wild at Heart (1990) and Lara Flynn Boyle in Twin Peaks (1990). . See more »

Goofs

When Michael is driving to the gas station on the highway, the Cadillac's gearshift lever is in "Park". See more »

Quotes

Suzanne: Have you ever been married?
Michael Williams: No.
Suzanne: It does strange things to people.
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks: Mom & Dad See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Hateful Eight (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Alone in San Antone
Written by Buddy Cannon & Luke Reed
Performed by Jeff Chance
Courtesy of Mercury Records Nashville
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A great little film.
3 November 1998 | by SmallJonSee all my reviews

Red Rock West is what all films should be like. A genuinely interesting film with enough twists and turns to satisfy any sane human, it was tragically overlooked on its release. With Nicolas Cage (before his career went into orbit) in fine form and Dennis Hopper stealing scene after scene, this is a movie that withstands repeated watchings. The rest of the cast are uniformly excellent and the quirkiness of the setting (a small town in the middle of nowhere) never gets in the way. In short this is a great little film that deserves to be seen.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 May 1993 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Rock West See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas Canyon, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,562, 30 January 1994

Gross USA:

$2,502,551

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,502,551
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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