The Quick and the Dead

1995

Action / Romance / Thriller / Western

100
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 57%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 53%
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 82098

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Bruce Campbell as Wedding Shemp
Sharon Stone as Ellen
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600.31 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
R
23.976 fps
1 hr 47 min
P/S 12 / 68

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by A_Different_Drummer 9 / 10

As much happening behind the lens as in front ....

Yes, I know the critics at the time panned it. But if that was the baseline for greatness, films like Wonderful Life and Citizen Kane would be lost to obscurity. Bottom line, this is a "high concept" film that is much more entertaining than you would guess. The timeline is fascinating. In the 1960s, after a half-century run, and massive exposure on the new medium called Television, the classic western started to disappear. But, as they say, nature abhors a vacuum; and at the same time the sun started to set on the traditional western, it started to rise on something called the "italian westerns" or re-imaginings of the genre from Europe. This is for example how Clint Eastwood went from forgotten TV actor (Rawhide) to #1 box office attraction. This new genre lasted barely 15 years or so and soon disappeared as well. Yet out of nowhere, 20 years later someone in Tinseltown gets the idea to re-imagine the ALREADY RE-IMAGINED western, this time starring a female. Sharon Stone was past the apex of her career by this point, making the project more of a challenge. The other talent was awesome. A pre-Oscar Russell Crowe, a pre-Titanic diCaprio, and all backstopped by Hackman, I mean, wow. The big question, did it actually work? Answer yes. It was uneven in parts and an argument could be made that Hackman overdid the "bad guy" role or, alternatively, the part was over-written. Stone was awesome, proving she had the chops to take on a bizarre role and make it hers. Actually gets better with each successive viewing.

Reviewed by Benedito Dias Rodrigues 7 / 10

A Contest on Leone style!!

Sam Raimi one my favorites directors,he dared making a movie using a Leone style which step toward in a lot of bad reviews and critics,while for me a good movie this mix post modern and Leone spaguetti don't reach the high standard of Raimi's reputation,maybe for Sharon Stone's character in lead role for so linked in another famous movies,Hackman is a sort of another Unforgiven's character,in fact have several points that dragging down to this level,all star casting gave a hight status to the production,including Crowe and DiCaprio in early days,the final blast scene explain this failure,even so l like it!!!

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First watch: 1998 / How many: 3 / Source: TV/DVD / Rating: 7.5

Reviewed by Wuchak 7 / 10

Mythic Western about a radical quick-draw contest in an Arizona town with an all-star cast (sort of)

RELEASED IN 1995 and directed by Sam Raimi, "The Quick and the Dead" stars Sharon Stone as a grim, nonchalant woman who, curiously, enters a dueling contest in a remote SW desert town "ruled" by outlaw Herod (Gene Hackman). A pacifist preacher is forced by Herod to participate in the contest, but he ain't not conventional minister (Russell Crowe). Other notable cast members include: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lance Henriksen, Tobin Bell, Keith David, Gary Sinise and Pat Hingle.

The stunning Sharon Stone was co-producer and was responsible for getting the youthful & skinny DiCaprio in the cast, she even paid his salary (?!). Stone also apprehended New Zealander Crowe with this being his first American feature. When dressed in her tight leather pants Sharon was unable to sit down (lol). Interestingly, she fired her hottie stand-in because she was getting more attention from the crew on set (!). She later confessed that Crowe was her favorite on screen kisser, but kissing DiCaprio was like kissing her arm (lol).

The tone is mythic in the manner of those notable spaghetti Westerns of the 60s, but with superior production values and obviously seminal to Tarantino Westerns ("Django Unchained" and "The Hateful Eight"). While the vibe isn't exactly realistic, the cast members take the material seriously and ham it up with gusto. You can tell they all had a great time. The movie's town bound and comic booky with larger-than-life characters, but it's not campy or comedic, although it's somewhat silly.

"The Quick and the Dead," the film's title, is presumably taken from 1 Peter 4:5 of the KJV translation of the Bible, which details how Christ "is ready to judge the quick and the dead." The phrase also appears in the Apostle's Creed with the same meaning. In both cases 'quick' is an Old English term for "living." The movie's title clearly plays off both the modern and archaic meanings in that there are two kinds of gunfighters in the Old West: those who are quick (that is, fast and alive) and those who are dead.

THE MOVIE RUNS 107 minutes and was shot completely in Arizona (including Old Tucson). WRITER: Simon Moore.

GRADE: B+

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