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THE QUICK AND THE DEAD (1995 - R)
When an unsuspecting, gun-slinging, blonde beauty rides into a sleepy western town where her father’s killer resides, mayhem abounds. As the eve of the town's hosting highly anticipated gun-fighting competition approaches, the able-bodies "quick and the brave" come out of the woodworks, and that means conflict, chaos, and, of course, carnage!
Director Sam Raimi's "The Quick and the Dead" is a lively, spoofy Western.
Promotional Lines: "Think you're quick enough?"
The basic story involves an evil, lawless Western town, Redemption, "where human life is close to worthless." The town has an annual western gunfight contest, promoted by the heartless Herod who is also the owner, leader, and "ruler" of the town. To win the shoot-out, one of the participants must die. When a woman (Ellen) chooses to take part in the contest, she brings a hidden agenda with her. A huge pot of money is the prize for the one left standing. This year, Herod has kidnapped an old gang member of his, Cort (Russell Crowe), who turned from fighting to become a man of the cloth. Herod hopes to put enough pressure on Cort to force him to fight, showing all that Cort is one of the best with a gun, and hopefully getting him to give up his new way of life.
Of course, Ellen likes the good-hearted, brave
Cort, and must find a way to accomplish her quest for personal
revenge, without having to kill Cort or being killed by him during
the process of the contest. She wants to have her cake and be
able to eat it as well.
Gary Sinise also does a good job playing the good Marshall,who was cruelly murdered by Herod years ago before he took over the town.
Leo DiCaprio is convincing as Herod's young son, Kid, a "child-man who wants his father's respect."
My favorite scene involves a shootout between
Ellen (Sharon Stone) and Eugene Dred (Kevin Conway). In the pouring
rain, Conway runs toward Stone, firing both guns. Stone holds
her ground, firing several times. The scene has a power and vividness,
like a Western mythological battle of good and evil brought to