The Quick and the Dead

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TriStar Released 1995

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Director:
Sam Raimi
Released:
1995
Rating:
R

The town of Redemption is ruled by John Herod, a ruthless killer who runs the town with an iron fist. The Lady enters the town's single elimination gunfighting contest, a potentially deadly game with a $123,000 prize for the last man or woman-standing. In Redemption, men are quick to fall in love with The Lady, and everyone has a tragic back story. Perhaps none are as tragic as The Lady's, though, who has secretly entered the contest so she can take a shot at Herod, the man responsible for her father's death. Russell Crowe plays Cort, a reformed gunslinger who has become a man of God. Herod's henchmen constantly bait Cort into fights, trying to get him to break his faith and return to a life of violence. Leonardo DiCaprio plays The Kid, Herod's son who is on a quest to win his father's respect.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Ms. Stone's presence nicely underscores the genre-bending tactics of Sam Raimi, the cult director now doing his best to reinvent the B-movie in a spirit of self-referential glee. M...

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    As preposterous as the plot was, there was never a line of Hackman dialogue that didn't sound as if he believed it. The same can't be said, alas, for Sharon Stone, who apparently b...

  • 20

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The Quick and the Dead is showy visually, full of pans and zooming close-ups. Rarely dull, it is not noticeably compelling either, and as the derivative offshoot of a derivative ge...

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    facing danger, family tragedy, flashbacks, gunfights, high stake situations