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The Quick and the Dead

  • Drama
  • War
  • 1987
  • Robert Day
  • 86 mins
  • PG

Summary

Western starring Sam Elliott, Tom Conti and Kate Capshaw. 1876: when the McKaskels' wagon rolls through Bender's Flats in wild Wyoming the family meets with trouble and a rugged stranger. Relentlessly pursued by a violent gang, the tenderfoot settlers come to rely on the straight-talking sharpshooter, but can he be trusted?

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

With a spaghetti-style plot and its overtones of Shane and Friendly Persuasion, this is a superior TV-movie western that only lets itself down with its uncertain re-creation of the frontier of the 1870s. The story is involving and well told by director Robert Day, but it is the performances that elevate this above the pack. Tom Conti is admirable as the Indian War veteran whose pacifism is put to the test, and Sam Elliott obviously enjoys picking off baddies and smouldering around Conti's wife, played with some vigour, considering the shallowness of the part, by Kate Capshaw.

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Credits

Cast

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Con VallianSam Elliott
Duncan McKaskelTom Conti
Susanna McKaskelKate Capshaw
Tom McKaskelKenny Morrison
UtePatrick Kilpatrick
Doc ShabittMatt Clark

Crew

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DirectorRobert Day

Details

Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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