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The Quick and the Dead (1995)

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A female gunfighter returns to a frontier town where a dueling tournament is being held, which she enters in an effort to avenge her father's death.


Sam Raimi


Simon Moore
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Stone ... Ellen
Gene Hackman ... Herod
Russell Crowe ... Cort
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Kid
Tobin Bell ... Dog Kelly
Roberts Blossom ... Doc Wallace
Kevin Conway ... Eugene Dred
Keith David ... Sgt. Cantrell
Lance Henriksen ... Ace Hanlon
Pat Hingle ... Horace the Bartender
Gary Sinise ... Marshall
Mark Boone Junior ... Scars
Olivia Burnette ... Katie
Fay Masterson ... Mattie Silk
Raynor Scheine ... Ratsy


Ellen, an unknown female gunslinger rides into a small, dingy and depressing prairie town with a secret as to her reason for showing up. Shortly after her arrival, a local preacher, Cort, is thrown through the saloon doors while townfolk are signing up for a gun competition. The pot is a huge sum of money and the only rule: that you follow the rules of the man that set up the contest, Herod. Herod is also the owner, leader, and "ruler" of the town. Seems he's arranged this little gun-show-off so that the preacher (who use to be an outlaw and rode with Herod) will have to fight again. Cort refuses to ever use a gun to kill again and Herod, acknowledging Cort as one of the best, is determined to alter this line of thinking ... even if it gets someone killed ... Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You can't ignore her. You can't beat her. You can't resist her. You can't win... See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for western violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Sharon Stone bought the horse Magic after the movie was over. Stone: "I've been riding all my life but never such a fine horse as this." See more »


Herod challenges Cantrel to a fight. When this happens, there is a heavy rainstorm occurring. However, when they fight, the ground is dry. Several times in the movie, scenes with rainfall are followed by scenes (according to the story happening right after the storm) where the ground is completely dry. There were no gun fights on this day due to the rain. The fight between Herod and Cantrel takes place the following day. See more »


Kid: No no no no, you see it's a gun fight. We both have guns. We aim, we fire, you die.
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Alternate Versions

A sex scene between Ellen (Sharon Stone) and Cort (Russell Crowe) was shot, but Stone and director Sam Raimi decided that it wasn't a necessary part of the story. The scene was not included in the American release of the film, but international versions do include it. See more »


References High Plains Drifter (1973) See more »


El Tierra Calento
Written by Alex Gonzalez
Performed by El Mariachi Tepalcatepec De Michoacan
Courtesy of Discos Dos Coronas
(A Division of Two Crowns International Inc.)
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It's like a comic book western
8 June 2012 | by KineticSeoulSee all my reviews

Now I enjoy western movies and although this doesn't have that traditional western vibe going for it, it's still pretty darn entertaining. This movie is like watching a comic book western movie come to life and although the plot is a bit absurd it's creative and has substance to it. Despite the it going in a narrow direction but it goes in a narrow direction with at least some substance. The plot is about a woman named Ellen aka Lady(Sharon Stone) who is a badass cowgirl that comes to a western town with a motive and ends up in a quick draw tournament with bunch of contestants. Anyone can challenge anyone in this tournament. The reward for winning the tournament is 120,000 dollars and the last man standing takes it all. What I liked about this movie besides it being a movie about a quick draw tournament in the west is how fun, intriguing and creative the action scenes are. A bit wacky at times but still pretty cool to watch, even the dialogue is a bit comic book like. Sharon Stone is charismatic and very attractive in this, especially with the cowgirl attire. Leo is pretty good as the Kid even if he can be a little annoying at times. Gene Hackman stands out as the villain without overdoing it and actually backs up what he says for the most part unless when he is unsure. So it isn't a shock why he owns the whole western town but this isn't the first western Gene has been in. Russell Crowe is in this and although he plays decent part in the story his character ain't nothing special and sort of comes off mundane but he was in good shape. Despite his mysterious past. Overall I enjoyed this movie, not one of the best western I seen but it's a pretty cool one.


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Release Date:

10 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,515,861, 12 February 1995

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Sound Mix:

SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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