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The Quick and the Dead

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Frequent gun violence in quirky '90s Western.

Movie R 1995 107 minutes
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THE QUICK AND THE DEAD is very aware of the tropes and conventions of the classic Western and has fun using those elements to their fullest, as well as turning those conventions on their head. Although it's as violent as other Westerns -- and perhaps even more so at times -- there is an element of dark humor at play, both in the different gunslingers competing in the barbaric showdown competition against one another and in the way many of these gunslingers die.

As Ellen, Sharon Stone brings a "strong, silent" character to life and presents a strong female lead not often seen in Westerns. As the bandit/warlord of the rather depressing Western town, Gene Hackman brings a strong sense of wicked style as the evil Herod. The action is unrelenting, and although it treads heavily on familiar territory, The Quick and the Dead still manages to take a familiar genre and make it into something entirely its own.

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