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Red Rock West (1993)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael
... Jim
Vance Johnson ... Mr. Johnson
Robert Apel ... Howard
Bobby Joe McFadden ... Old Man
... Wayne
... Suzanne
... Kurt
Ted Parks ... Cashier
Babs Bram ... Receptionist
Robert Guajardo ... Doctor
Sarah Sullivan ... Nurse
... Deputy Greytack
... Deputy Bowman
... Lyle
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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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Where nothing is as it seems. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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14 May 1993 (Italy)  »

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Conspiració a Red Rock West  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,502,551
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Dennis Hopper's character drives a 1973 Buick Riviera See more »

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When Michael Williams is leaving the ranch after fighting Lyle he is clearly seen tucking his gun into the back of his pants, yet in the next shot he still has the gun in his right hand. See more »

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Suzanne: Have you ever been married?
Michael Williams: No.
Suzanne: It does strange things to people.
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STRANGERS AN HOUR AGO
Written by John Brannen, David Malloy & Spady Brannan
Performed by John Brannen
Courtesy of Mercury Records Nashville
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Here's your definition of modern film noir
7 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

In any number of films, you can find Nicholas Cage as a strong, silent hero, Dennis Hopper as a homicidal maniac, Lara Flynn Boyle as a vamp/tramp, and the late, lamented J.T. Walsh as the heavy. These are the types of roles these four can play in their sleep, and they have done so often enough that to see them playing them again borders on cliche. What a relief, therefore, that John Dahl, a master at getting a lot of mood out of a little action, directed this nuanced noirish thriller. Hopper manages to keep from going over the top, Cage shows a little more depth than his usually-superficial action heroes, Boyle is by turns sultry, innocent, and scheming, and one gets a sense of the hard iron of the soul that is central to his character, Wayne. Dahl's direction gives a sense of the emptiness of the Big Sky country where the story takes place while also being intimate enough to show how a wrinkled brow can indicate a radical change of plot in store. The plot twists are top-notch, and one of the other great twists in this movie is that some of the supporting characters actually act as if they have brains. It isn't often that minor characters like deputy sheriffs have more brains than their headlining superiors. But with a director as smart as Dahl, you shouldn't be surprised by the intelligence of anything connected with this film. An excellent movie.


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