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- Feb 8, 1999
- Real Name
- Robert Harris
Sam Raimi’s 1994 The Quick and the Dead is an entertaining tale of revenge, set in the style of ’60s spaghetti westerns – BCUs and all.
I’ve always liked this film, for it sets out a task for itself, and accomplished said task perfectly.
Reviews were unappreciative.
Here’s Roger Ebert’s take: “The [film] takes the premise of those old Tough Man Contests and moves it to the old West, where the sadistic despot of a small town holds a shoot-off every year. The rules are simple: The last man alive wins a big cash prize. It’s a movie that is intimately familiar with the conventions of Westerns, especially those rules that state: (a) when a Kid comes riding into town for a showdown with the big man, he is probably the man’s unacknowledged son, and (b) when a woman rides into town, also for a showdown, she is probably seeking revenge for a terrible wrong in the past.”
In this case, the “kid” is a then 19 year-old named DiCaprio, who looks to be closer to 16, the despot is Gene Hackman...
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