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The Quick and the Dead (1995)

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A female gunfighter returns to a frontier town where a dueling tournament is being held, which she enters in an effort to avenge her father's death.

Director:

Sam Raimi

Writer:

Simon Moore
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Stone ... Ellen
Gene Hackman ... Herod
Russell Crowe ... Cort
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Kid
Tobin Bell ... Dog Kelly
Roberts Blossom ... Doc Wallace
Kevin Conway ... Eugene Dred
Keith David ... Sgt. Cantrell
Lance Henriksen ... Ace Hanlon
Pat Hingle ... Horace the Bartender
Gary Sinise ... Marshall
Mark Boone Junior ... Scars
Olivia Burnette ... Katie
Fay Masterson ... Mattie Silk
Raynor Scheine ... Ratsy
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Ellen, an unknown female gunslinger rides into a small, dingy and depressing prairie town with a secret as to her reason for showing up. Shortly after her arrival, a local preacher, Cort, is thrown through the saloon doors while townfolk are signing up for a gun competition. The pot is a huge sum of money and the only rule: that you follow the rules of the man that set up the contest, Herod. Herod is also the owner, leader, and "ruler" of the town. Seems he's arranged this little gun-show-off so that the preacher (who use to be an outlaw and rode with Herod) will have to fight again. Cort refuses to ever use a gun to kill again and Herod, acknowledging Cort as one of the best, is determined to alter this line of thinking ... even if it gets someone killed ... Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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Rated R for western violence | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sam Raimi's original ending didn't work, so he went to Sony Pictures to ask for a writer to fix it. The studio suggested Joss Whedon, who saw the movie and fixed the ending for Raimi in one afternoon. See more »

Goofs

During the sign-up for the contest, Ace tells the barkeep "Put an ace up there, everyone will know what it means." The barkeep actually draws a spade, which is one of four units in a standard deck, that could represent any card from ace to King. See more »

Quotes

Kid: Am I fast, or is Sweden just a very small place?
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Alternate Versions

During the dinner scene with Herod and Ellen, he gives two different versions of his family history. In one, he says that his father found out his mother was unfaithful, and infers that he killed her. In the other version, he says his father was a judge who made him and his mother watch hangings. One day, his father decided there was too much evil in the world, so he put one bullet in a gun and pointed it at his wife, his son, and himself in turns, pulling the trigger each time. He ended up "blowing out the back of his head." See more »

Connections

Featured in 100 Years of the Hollywood Western (1994) See more »

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El Tierra Calento
Written by Alex Gonzalez
Performed by El Mariachi Tepalcatepec De Michoacan
Courtesy of Discos Dos Coronas
(A Division of Two Crowns International Inc.)
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Raimi goes West
16 August 2009 | by Samiam3See all my reviews

With The Quick and the Dead, Sam Raimi approaches the old west with a very new/contemporary style. With its brisk energy and competitive characters, the story often feels like a sports movie with lots of photography tricks. If you want a top western, this might not be your film, but if what you seek you is good old pistol-whippin' American fun, this might do the trick.

Thanks to James Cameron, since T2, there has been nothing sexier than a woman with a gun. Sharon Stone actually brings a fairly macho 'Sarah Conner' quality to her character. She plays Ellen, a young cowgirl who rides into a mysterious town for a very special event, a gunslinging competition. The mayor of the town is a dangerous fella and one of the most feared gunslingers around. It is this man who Ellen is after. The question is, why? In order to fight him, she must beat everyone else in the competition. There will be blood, for sure.

In order to make up for his superficial plot, Sam Raimi has a lot of tricks up his sleeve. One of his most recognizable through his career is going over the top in an amusing way, which he does here too, mostly at the climax. He doesn't make great movies, but he makes clever and entertaining ones, which this is.


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Language:

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Release Date:

10 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,515,861, 12 February 1995

Gross USA:

$18,636,537

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,636,537
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1.85 : 1
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