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The Quick and the Dead 1995

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(90) IMDb 6.4/10
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Mayor Herod (Gene Hackman) has turned the town of Redemption from a friendly and safe place into a haven for criminals and thugs. In return for keeping these men on the streets, Herod receives fifty cents out of every dollar they make. Every year he holds a quick-draw shoot-out contest with a huge cash prize as bait.

Starring:
Sharon Stone,Gene Hackman
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure
Director Sam Raimi
Starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman
Supporting actors Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobin Bell
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Day VINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I'm not usually a fan of westerns but this well-paced film held my attention throughout. It has a unique look and is brilliantly and imaginatively photographed and choreographed. The setting has as much character as the actors, and you can enjoy all the details on Blu-Ray. Jaw-dropping moments, besides the gunfights themselves, included Sharon Stone storming upstairs in the saloon to the bordello (crammed with background happenings), and every time you got a wide shot of the scenery behind the actors.

It is a little disappointing that there are no extra features. All you get is a fine transfer of the film itself, with English, Spanish and Italian (if memory serves) Dolby TrueHD sound. But this is a film you'll want to savour the look of even in the absence of a commentary track or featurette.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By WeRock on 2 Mar. 2010
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This movie on Blu-Ray is great -- what an underrated movie. AQ and PQ are really good. I live in the US and bought from Amazon UK to get the deleted scenes that were removed from the US version. I'm really glad I bought the UK version.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By oamaz on 25 Sept. 2000
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I'm glad that I have the chance to be the first reviewer of this movie, for in general it was considered as a failure both for S Stone and S Raimi to resurrect style and hype of spaghetti-westerns.Despite its several flaws (like numerous annoying shots of the main characters' eyes staring intently at each other to enhance suspense, Ms Stone's at times blank face when it should reflect stronger emotions, some characters so bad and revolting that they make you chuckle), I've seen it for the second time and it made me grab my chair in childish excitement.
The plot is stark simple (see above, but in short a dozen rascals participating in a lethal shooting contest till last man standing), as well as the reasons driving the main characters to participate in the murderous contest: Ms Stone - to avenge her father, the Kid (L d Caprio) - to win his father's respect, Herod (J Hackman) - to keep townsfolk submissive and to teach his best and repented "pupil" Cort (R Crow) a lesson of abeyance, others - for money (but they don't matter).
True, leading actors carry out the plot on their steady shoulders: * R. Crow emanates sexual charisma and suppressed prowess (long before world wide fame as macho Maximus the Gladiator) even if he spends all the movie shackled and beaten. ...*L de Caprio is well into the shape of boyish and outside haughty/inside weak-trying-to-prove-he's-better-than-his-father, long before downpour of post-Titanic fame. *J Hackman isthe perfect scoundrel,ageing scavenger, full stop. As to * Sh Stone, she remains one of the sassiest and talented actresses for me(praise her, fore she spends 2/3 of the movie rather disheveled), despite several movie flops she's participated in.
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Format: DVD
Anybody seeking a gritty, realistic Western would do well to steer well clear of THE QUICK AND THE DEAD! Instead, Director SAM RAIMI takes us on a thrilling roller coaster ride of entertainment which, if not authentic, at least brings a fresh perspective to the genre.

In the town of Redemption, self-proclaimed Mayor and ruler Herod (a suitably nasty GENE HACKMAN) has a novel way of retaining power by holding an annual no-holds-barred shooting contest. This roots out potential rivals and helps placate the populace, who he taxes heavily. A small fortune in cash is up for grabs and gunmen from many miles around journey to Redemption in order to win the prize.

This year's contestants include Herod's own son, Fee "The Kid" (LEONARDO DiCAPRIO), dandy Ace Hanlon (LANCE HENRIKSEN), veteran soldier Clay Cantrell (KEITH DAVID) and reluctant participant, outlaw-turned-preacher Cort (RUSSEL CROWE). Also into town rides a beautiful woman, Ellen (SHARON STONE), who may well have interior motives for entering the deadly contest.

What follows is a series of well-staged shoot-outs between the various gunfighters using clever zooms, pans and weird camera angles (especially of clock faces) to help heighten the tension. At this the film is highly effective. Gone, too, are the clichéd one bullet duels, as here several shots are often necessary to conclude many of the encounters which highlights the problems with late 1800's firearms.

Unfortunately some of the more interesting characters such as Sergeant Cantrell, card-trickster Hanlon and "invincible" Indian Spotted Horse are underused while there is much emphasis on the blossoming relationship between Cort and Ellen.
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Format: DVD
Before becoming the director of the Spider-man franchise and an executive producer of the American TV show Spartacus: Blood and Sand Sam Raimi played homage to the spaghetti westerns of Sergio Leone with this star vehicle for Sharon Stone, the story is partly told in flashback just as Leone did in a Few Dollars and Once upon a time in the West, the main part of the tale is centred on a shooting contest which is held in a town controlled by the tyrant Herod.

Herod is portrayed by Gene Hackman who is obsessed with getting the Cort character played by Russell Crowe to take part and showing all the townspeople not go against his rule.

Leonardo DiCaprio role is that of "The Kid" who thinks he is the son of Herod this adds some laboured tension between them, Herod denying all knowledge of him and look- out for "C.S.I. New York's" Gary Sinise in a small but key role.

Sharon Stone doesn't quite pull the role off but does look great in the costumes I can't help but think Raimi would have better served with Sigourney Weaver in the main role as she has the physical size and acting chops to play the Ellen part, but for all its short comings I was entertained for the whole of its running time of 103 minutes of this DVD and the 5.1 surround sound was mixed so as to make the gunfire to really pop out of the speakers but the film transfer is a little grainy in places but it was released in 2005 on DVD.
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