Quick and the Dead, The
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: -2 1/2

With a catchy title like THE QUICK AND THE DEAD, there is the expectation that Sharon Stone's new movie might live up to the "new" western films like UNFORGIVEN. Unfortunately, this movie may go a long way in killing the Western film. It's full of western cliches, especially the gunfight, and never rises above its absurd storyline. Sharon Stone comes into the Mexican border town Redemption as the mysterious stranger without a name, and signs up for the local gunfighting contest. The contest is sponsored by the ruthless dictator of the town, John Herod (Gene Hackman), as a way to get rid of his enemies by letting them kill each other. Come to find out, Miss Stone's father was murdered by Herod, and Stone has come back to get revenge, one way or another. Stone's token love interest is the gunman turned preacher Cort (Russell Crowe) whom Herod wants to turn back into a killer and fight. In the end, they gang up against Herod and give him a taste of his own medicine. The movie tries to make up in special effects and strange camera shots what it lacks in drama. The result is laughable and pathetic.

Using special effects to illustrate "I shot a hole clean through him," the film exploits the violence of the gunfights by showing the sun shining through a victim's head and another's chest. Men's thumbs are shot off and some are shot in the crotch. Blood abounds as several people are shot, killed and stripped of their boots and guns by the townspeople. Cort is subjected to pistol whippings, kicks and punches several times, all while he is chained up. A few fights break out with punching and kicking and Miss Stone is slapped in the face once. A young girl is raped for which Stone takes revenge by killing the man. Finally, the whole town and several crooked gunfighters are blown up. Sexually suggestive remarks and profanities pepper the dialogue. In a world where teenagers are killing each other in gunfights to settle disputes, along comes another violent movie to justify and glorify such remedies. This film's title should be THE CRUD AND THE DUD.

Preview Reviewer: Greg Wilson
Distributor: TriStar Pictures, 9000 Sunset Blvd., #711, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Crude Language: Many (21) times - Mild 9, Moderate 12
Obscene Language: Many (10) times - (s-word 8, others 2)
Profanity: Many (12) times - Regular 11 (G-d, G, C), Exclamatory 1
Violence: Many times - Moderate and Severe (many people shot, three shot in the head and in the eye; people kicked, punched and hit with guns; woman slapped; young girl's rape implied; man's thumbs shot off)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Several times - references to intercourse
Drug Abuse: Few times (drinking in saloon)
Other: None
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Intended Audience: Adults

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