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The Quick and the Dead (1995) Poster

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Director Trademark 

Sam Raimi: [stooges] Scars is a tribute to Curly Howard of The Three Stooges.
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Sharon Stone was so insistent that Leonardo DiCaprio appear in the film that she paid his salary personally.
All of the actors on the set in the gunfight scenes were instructed in the art of the quick draw by a stunt coordinator. Due to his limited screen time, Gene Hackman had the most opportunity to prepare his quick draw and as a result was the fastest actor on the set.
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.
There is a scene where Gene Hackman lightly slaps Sharon Stone. It wasn't scripted and Stone's reaction is real.
Russell Crowe's first American feature.
Sharon Stone hand-picked Russell Crowe to be in this film. The studio was initially unsure about this choice because Crowe was a complete unknown to the American audience.
Bruce Campbell had a cameo appearance during a wedding scene, but the scene was cut. Campbell says Sam Raimi created that scene for the specific reason of giving Pat Hingle something more substantial to do and was never intended to be in the movie in the first place. Campbell was also visiting the set on his day off when Raimi drafted him to play a skid-row character in several background shots. Although all of Campbell's appearances ended up on the cutting room floor, he is still listed high up in the credits.
According to the "Evil Dead Companion", Sharon Stone was given a lengthy list of directors that had been approved to direct this film, so that she could choose the directors she thought would work. She sent back a list with a single name... Sam Raimi. When asked why she chose Raimi, she said it was because she liked Army of Darkness (1992), among Raimi's other works.
For obvious reasons, this is the only Sam Raimi film to date (2002) where his trademark beige 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 doesn't appear in its original form. However, according to Bruce Campbell, the car makes an appearance in the form of a wagon's chassis. He claims the car was disassembled and the chassis was used for the wagon.
A sex scene between Ellen and Cort was shot, but Sharon Stone and director Sam Raimi decided that it wasn't a necessary part of the story. The scene was not included in the American release of the film, but the international version does.
Sharon Stone's gun for this film was made by a master gunsmith John Phillips. Mr Phillips was a fast draw legend.
Matt Damon turned down the role of "The Kid."
During the scene where the gunfighters are signing up for the Quick Draw Competition in the saloon, The Lady is sitting under a wanted poster listing "Rape" and "Murder." A few moments later when the camera angle shifts you can see the drawing on the poster and the name of the wanted man: It's Virgil Sparks, one of the shooters who has just joined the competition.
Final film of Woody Strode.
Sharon Stone's leather jacket is the real deal. Over 100 years old, it's from a Western museum.
Sharon Stone bought the horse Magic after the movie was over. Stone: "I've been riding all my life but never such a fine horse as this."
Sharon Stone named Russell Crowe as her favourite onscreen kisser. She didn't feel the same about Leonardo DiCaprio, saying, "It was about as sexy as kissing my arm."
As The Lady is riding into town, the undertaker says "5'8? Am I right? I'm never wrong." In reality, Sharon Stone is 5'8".
As The Lady rides up to the bar and we see the clock tower for the first time, just as the clock strikes 6, you can clearly hear the click that Cort mentions before her first fight.
The badly dilapidated pistol that Herod buys from Fee Herod for Cort to use in the contest is a model 1851 Colt Navy cap and ball revolver that has been converted to use metallic cartridges. Such converted cap and ball pistols were common in the Wild West era and were popular as they could be purchased for about a third of the price of the newer cartridge pistols like the Colt Peacemaker, Remington New Army or Smith and Wesson Schofield.
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio; and two Oscar nominees: Sharon Stone and Gary Sinise.
Lance Henriksen worked on one trick for a month before production began without telling anyone. When he got to the set, he showed it to Sam Raimi, who immediately put it in the movie.
Sam Raimi said that Russell Crowe is "what we imagine the American cowboy to have been like."
The cast had fun on set with the guns. They would greet each other with a "How are you?" and then go for their guns to see who could outdraw the other.
The Kid (Leonardo DiCaprio) has a real name: Fee Herod.
The cast started training with their guns three months before production started. They would take their guns back to their hotel rooms each night to keep practising.
With twelve other Westerns filming in 1994, the crew faced a shortage of Old West costumes.
Lance Henriksen loved playing the role of Ace Hanlon: "I felt like I was that guy. My wife used to walk on set and say, 'My heart be still!'"
All the guns in the film are authentic for 1878. Many are guns you don't normally see in Westerns.
The title "The Quick and the Dead" comes from the King James translation of the Bible, I Peter 4:5, which admonishes the believer from behaving like pagans, "who shall give account to him [Christ] that is ready to judge the quick and the dead." The phrase became better known in English as part of the Apostle's Creed, a Christian doctrine which appears to date back (at least in partial form) to the second century. The Creed, as translated in the Book of Common Prayer for the Church of England, states that Christ "...ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead." In both cases, the word "quick" is a more archaic use meaning "living" (in modern parlance, the "quick of the fingernails" is a rare instance of the older meaning); however, the movie title clearly plays off the double-meaning, in that there are two kinds of gunslingers: quick (meaning both fast and alive) and dead.
Sharon Stone's leather pants were so tight, she was unable to sit down in a chair. Also she fired her stand-in because she was getting more attention from the crew than she was.
Roberts Blossom's last role in a theatrical feature.
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Ellen's tiny gun is called a knuckle-duster. It's made to also be used as brass knuckles.
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There are eleven gunfights in the film. Because there were so many gunfights, Sam Raimi made sure to make each look different.
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Jonothon Gill is a Lakota Native American. After an older extra passed away on set, Gill held a traditional Lakota ceremony to honor him.
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It took two and a half days to film the gunfight between Ellen and Eugene. The actors were soaked the whole time. Kevin Conway: "That scene was probably the most difficult I'd ever done in my life."
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Because she is using an old-style revolver, Sharon Stone has to pull the hammer back for each shot. Stone worked hard to make it look much easier than it is.
The movie features an 1866 Remington derringer. "Derringer" is the name for the smallest gun of a caliber. It's a misspelling of Henry Deringer, an 1800s gun-maker famous for his pocket pistols.
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One of the henchman is Sharon Stone's brother Michael.
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According to Bruce Campbell, Gene Hackman initially refused to do the scene where Herod leans to his aide and asks, "What are the odds on The Kid?" It was only when Sam Raimi explained his character's motivation that he agreed to do the scene as planned.
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Liam Neeson was the first choice for Cort.
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Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio only have one scene together.
John Sayles did on-set rewrites of the film's script during principal photography.
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The film was released, the same year the Sam Raimi produced television series Xena: Warrior Princess (1995) premiered. Like Ellen, the character of Xena is a warrior woman haunted by her dark past.
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Sam Raimi hoped that girls look up to Ellen for being righteous and fair but that they "don't get wrapped up in the message of vengeance. That would be a bad thing."
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This movie includes many examples of available handguns for the period, from cap and ball to cartridge firing versions.
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Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio would later co-star in Body of Lies (2008).
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When Horace gives his speech on the competition rules before Kid's first fight, he mentions not to draw until they hear the sound of the first chime of the Town Clock. The chime was never heard, only the sound when the minute arm moved to the 12th position.
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Horace the Bartender points to a chest full of money announcing that it is the prize for the contest and the amount is $130,000.00. The U.S. dollar had an average inflation rate of 2.3% per year between 1880 and 2016. $130,000.00 in the year 1880 is worth $2,897,746.88 in 2016.
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The filmmakers hired a lot of extras from the unemployment rolls in Tucson. Casting director Cecily Jordan said they wanted people "with a million miles on their faces."
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Because of the time between when he is told to scram and when he is shot, Raynor Scheine had to do a whole lap around the town before Gene Hackman turned around.
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While Russell Crowe and Sven-Ole Thorsen don't get to face off in this film, they would do so in Gladiator (2000).
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David Arquette was considered for the role of The Kid.
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When Ellen is unpacking at her hotel room, there is a mate gourd on the table (she said something earlier about having been in South America). Sharon Stone went to Argentina in 1993 and had an interview with then-president Carlos Menem. He claimed later that the mate was a gift from him.
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Pat Hingle played Commissioner Gordon in the first four Batman films and Mark Boone Junior appeared in Batman Begins (2005). Gene Hackman played Lex Luthor in the Superman films. Sam Raimi later directed the Spider-Man films. Also, Sharon Stone started as the main villain in Cat Woman.
As The Lady is riding into town, the undertaker says "5'8? Am I right? I'm never wrong." In reality, Sharon Stone is 5'8".
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One of the few rare films that Sam Raimi's composer and friend Joseph LoDuca didn't score for him personally as the studio wanted an A-list composer on the film who had experience scoring a Western.
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Despite working with Director Sam Raimi on this film and hasn't since, Composer Alan Silvestri stated that "he was a doll" on his experience working with him which was all positive.
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This is film was the third Western that Composer Alan Silvestri had worked on in five years which included both Back To The Future Part 3 and Young Guns 2.
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Director Sam Raimi has said over the years that the film was an homage to the late Sergio Leone and the Spaghetti Westerns he directed both visually and production wise but still containing Raimi's own visual and eclectic style.
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The film features five Oscar Winners: Gene Hackman (Unforgiven), Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Patrizia Von Brandenstein (Amadeus) and Editor Pietro Scalia (Black Hawk Down) and four Oscar Nominees: Sharon Stone (Casino, which was released at the end of 1995), Composer Alan Silvestri (Forrest Gump), and Cinematographer Dante Spinotti (L.A.Confidential, The Insider). DiCaprio had just come off an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for What's Eating Gilbert Grape? which came out months prior to the beginning of production on this film.
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Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio would work together again in the film Body of Lies, 13 years after they co-starred in this film and after Crowe had won his Oscar for Gladiator and secured a Oscar Nomination for A Beautiful Mind and DiCaprio would be Nominated for The Aviator, and Blood Diamond.
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One several Westerns that had come out between 1992 and the year this film was released, 1995 that started with the Oscar Winner Unforgiven three years earlier which helped a relaunch of the genre after the success of that film. The other films released in this period include the hit Tombstone, Wyatt Earp, Bad Girls, Frank & Jessie, and Wild Bill, which would be released late in 1995 after this film was released.
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The bullet hole effects were Sam Raimi's idea because he wanted to do something different and make it a typical shoot em' up Western similar to the past films in the genre.
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This was the tenth action-adventure film prior to Judge Dredd which would be released five months after this film that Oscar Nominee Alan Silvestri would score in five years. The other films include Back To The Future Part 3, Young Guns 2, Predator 2, Ricochet, Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot, The Bodyguard, Super Mario Bros., Sidekicks, Judgment Night, and Blown Away.
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Director Trademark 

Sam Raimi: [pov shot] As a drinking glass and bullets fly through the air, we see their targets from the missile's viewpoint.

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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Herod tells Ratsy he has fifteen seconds to leave town and Herod shoots Ratsy in the back you can see a car driving by in the background.
Body Count: 18.
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The bullet-holes that appear after a person was shot during the contest or after were Director Sam Raimi's idea. He wanted to do something different and unique with the film and felt that this idea had never been done before and followed through with it.
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