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Quick and the Dead, The (1995)
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by Scott Weinberg

"Another one of those movies for movie freaks."
4 stars

I hate when movie critics defend movies they enjoy by denigrating the intelligence or cinematic knowledge of those people who disagree with them. Having said that, I feel that Sam Raimi's 'The Quick and the Dead' is a vastly underrated mini-classic and if you don't think so, then you're a big dumb moron.

Just caught this one again on cable, and I think it's becoming one of my all-time favorite guilty pleasures. I know it's kinda hollow in the plot department, but there are just way too many cool things in this movie! (I look at it as kind of a Western version of Big Trouble in Little China - just throw all the clichés in a bowl, mix 'em up, and come out fighting.)

The bare-bones plot revolves around the annual shootout in the town of Redemption. Kind of like a homicidal version of the NCAA tournament, this event matches the deadliest, sweatiest and smelliest of outlaws, all of whom crave the big cash jackpot promised to the winner. Amidst the litany of banditos, there are some more interesting characters:

Gene Hackman as quite possibly one of the most evil villains of the past 10 years.

Leo DiCaprio having some fun as a cocky young gunslinger.

Sharon Stone at her least obnoxious.

Russell Crowe as a gunfighter-turned-humiliated preacher!

Lance Henriksen as a cocky and preening gunslinger!

Keith David as an ass-kickin' bounty hunter!

Gary Sinise! Pat Hingle, Roberts Blossom AND Woody Strode! (If you know who these last three guys are, then you are definitely a Western fanatic and you must rent this movie today!)

Simon Moore's screenplay features tons of sly in-jokes and subtle references for the fans of the old-time Westerns. While the non-stop barrage of cliche-skewering doesn't allow a lot of time for any real story to take place, the nasty and crackling dialogue makes up for it...and watch for the scene where Hackman gives Sharon Stone the back of his hand. Pure movie magic. (Simon Moore would later go on to write the screenplay for a miniseries entitled Traffik...and we all know where that series led.)

Stunningly directed by Sam Raimi, after he directed the Evil Dead movies and Darkman but before he gave the world A Simple Plan and Spider-Man. This is a sleek, quick and often silly movie that is simply gorgeous to look at. His bizarre camera angles and points of view keep are evidence of a director having some fun!

Yeah, I never thought I'd live to recommend a Sharon Stone movie...especially one she has a producer credit for! Regardless, this movie is grade-A prime fun for hardcore Western freaks, fans of way macho dialogue or those of us who just love them groovy camera tricks.

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User Comments

8/09/14 ChesterBelloc This is a better Western than I thought it would be. Well done! 4 stars
7/22/10 Josie Cotton is a goddess Original and very well made. One of the most underrated movies I've ever seen 4 stars
6/23/08 matthew Entertaining... but style WAY over substance 3 stars
6/25/07 Mr. Mike Damn good western in my book! 5 stars
6/04/07 William Goss Stylized spaghetti Western is rowdy fun, with a solid cast. 4 stars
4/24/07 then came bronson Sharon Stone SUCKS. This movie had potential but blew it. 3 stars
3/19/07 Jennifer I love this movie! One of my favorites of all time. 4 stars
10/16/06 Cor blimey! A western that bends the rules! Great directing by Sam Raimi! 5 stars
8/03/06 Sepi53 great cast in great western 5 stars
12/05/05 cody my most favorite western of all, sharon stone is great in this flim, shoot out baby 4 stars
8/12/05 ES leo before I disliked him, this movie made me re-invest in the western 5 stars
2/22/05 Captain Craig With Leo and bad could it be? Nice to see a Wester after so long. 4 stars
2/07/05 Jeff Anderson A western that bends the rules & goes full throttle with it, thanks to S. Raimi's direction 5 stars
8/31/04 Aaron Smith Modern western, great job by Hackman 4 stars
8/02/04 Raf Milis Great Hackman, my good lord can that guy play. Great Camera work.. 4 stars
7/04/04 Princessrbranch Loved Sharon's duds in this! Would wear her duster, hat, boots and leathers all the time!! 4 stars
6/02/04 Dennis Kehoss good gunfights, interesting story 4 stars
4/28/04 robert e bundy great satire; assuming it was meant to be one 5 stars
11/07/03 Cabin_boy A western at its best..but they play it way too much on TBS!! 4 stars
7/04/03 T3 Sharon gets in her semi bare scene, hard to imagine her as being in the mid-40's now. 4 stars
4/15/03 reptilesni Surpassed "High Noon" as my all time favorite Western. Sharon Stone rocks. 5 stars
3/12/03 R.W. Welch Has a couple good scenes but is nothing special overall. 3 stars
12/29/02 Jack Sommersby An original, adeptly engineered Western. 3 stars
9/23/02 snowconehead The camera angles gave me a headache, movies shouldn't require Dramamine 3 stars
9/06/02 I Can't Swim A masterpiece next to 'Spider-Man' which sucked dogshit 5 stars
8/16/02 JesseL It was good entertainment. Absurd plot, but good entertainment. 4 stars
8/04/02 KMG NOT BAD.....NOT BAD AT ALL 4 stars
7/22/02 Kyle What have we done to Raimi for him to go and make something like this? 1 stars
5/11/02 maximal01 This is a movie that didn't have to be made. It just IS. GO SEE SPIDER-MAN INSTEAD!!! 2 stars
2/07/02 Butterbean Better than I thought it would be. A movie with today's hotshots before they grew egos. 4 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk I used to think this sucked before I had an open mind...thank God for that. Raimi rules. 5 stars
7/07/01 TLsmooth Sunlight shines through a bullet hole in Hackman. That's so cool to Keystone Light drinkers 1 stars
6/30/01 Elvisfan Interesting male actors (Leo, Crowe, Hackman) but Stone is channeling Clint Eastwood-WHY? 5 stars
5/04/01 Gracy Lionheart I've seen worse movies...but I dislike Di Caprio. 3 stars
3/24/01 bullit17 It's not Citizen Kane, but it's a fun little movie. Raimi's directing rocks 4 stars
2/05/01 Wafer Raimi's camera angles make this a watchable flick 4 stars
1/19/01 scott shoup Sam Raimi is the star of this film. 5 stars
11/29/00 Cristopher Revilla what a bullshit movie, at least hackman is good in this crappy, stupid flick 1 stars
9/09/00 Chris Drake Went from bad to good w/repeat viewings-luv cheap gun sale scene + finale 4 stars
8/31/00 Terrie Smith Offbeat to say the least but it has its moments; over-the-top performance from Hackman. 4 stars
5/26/00 Add Very enjoyable not a great movie but great to watch. 4 stars
3/16/00 Anders Foged Christensen Cool meta-western. It has got allmost every kliché I can thnik of 4 stars
3/07/00 perverted pixie The presence of the brutal Hackman and bright spark DiCaprio are all that save this. 3 stars
1/28/00 Perverted Pixie Stone Kickass as girl cowpoke! Its all a bit daft, but never mind. 4 stars
11/22/99 strike Pretty far out. Very funny. 4 stars
9/30/99 Bozo Leo made the movie, Crowe was good, Stone & Gene phoned it in 4 stars
9/23/99 Matt Yea..Right... The only thing Sharon Stone can do with a gun is use it as a dildo!! 2 stars
4/27/99 Lucas jackson The slut Stone needs acting lessons otherwise it is okay,except for Leonardo defgagio 3 stars
1/22/99 CYaniDERuSH it must be raimi and crowe cause i absolutly love this flick 5 stars
11/28/98 little jerry If Lance Henrikesen had have been the focus this would be a knockout. 4 stars
11/26/98 Mr.Pink This is pretty cool! Great camerawork!! 4 stars
10/28/98 Silent Rob Just misses 'F.A.', this is intentionally a stylistic, substance abuser! 4 stars
10/18/98 Sailor Moon Ate My Balls A pretty fair movie 3 stars
8/29/98 Mister Whoopee Tough to know whether this was tongue in cheek or tongue up own ass. 2 stars
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  10-Feb-1995 (R)

  22-Sep-1995 (15)

  15-Jun-1995 (MA)

Directed by
  Sam Raimi

Written by
  Simon Moore

  Sharon Stone
  Gene Hackman
  Russell Crowe
  Leonardo DiCaprio
  Gary Sinise
  Lance Henriksen

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