Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Quick and the Dead (1995)

Director: Sam Raimi

Starring: Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobin Bell, Lance Henriksen, Pat Hingle, Gary Sinise

More Info: IMDB

Tagline: In this town, you're either one or the other

Plot: Lady avenger returns to western town owned by a ruthless gunslinger hosting an elimination tournament.

My Rating: 8/10

Would I watch it again? Is Gene Hackman pissed he didn't get to cross his legs without panties on? Sure

There are so many reasons to love this film. It's a western, a good western. The only way I can describe it is by calling it a Spaghetti Western Comic Book. It's fucked up. It's violent. There are tons of quick zooms, crazy angles and more of those vertigo-inducing zoom while pulling back shots to make Quentin Tarantino come off of that towering ego-laden forehead of his. And you don't just get lots of kills. You get creative kills like this...

And this...

That's all you really need to base your decision on whether or not you need to see this. If you still need convincing just look at the cast list. Stone's the only one who really brings it down a notch. This was just a couple of years after she became a hot property from BASIC INSTINCT. That explains why she's in it. BTW, this is rated "R" for western violence. Not western nudity or western suggestive drug use but western violence. You've been sufficiently warned.

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