Saturday, February 04, 2012

The Quick and the Dead

The Younger Son and I had seen bits and pieces of this on tv but hadn't seen the film itself, so when he bought a dvd we watched it. The Quick and the Dead is a 1995 western starring Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio. Gary Sinise plays a character who appears in flashbacks. Woody Strobe (this was his last film) also has a small role. It's directed by Sam Raimi.


EW closes with this:
The Quick and the Dead is too light to pack the dramatic punch of a true Western and too flat to pass as cheeky revisionism. It ends up in its own amiable, slowpoke limbo.
Rolling Stone calls is "deeply shallow and damned silly." Roger Ebert -honestly, I'm surprised at how often I read Ebert's reviews and wonder if we saw the same film. I often don't remember key plot points the way he does- says, "The movie's story, as you have grasped, isn't much. But "The Quick and the Dead" is not without its good points."

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