The Quick and the Dead is a 1995 American revisionist western film directed by Sam Raimi, and starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio. The screenplay was written by Simon Moore but includes contributions from Joss Whedon. The story focuses on “The Lady” (Stone), a gunfighter who rides into the frontier town of Redemption, controlled by John Herod (Hackman). The Lady joins a deadly dueling competition in an attempt to exact revenge for her father’s death.
Simon Moore’s script was purchased by Sony Pictures Entertainment in May 1993, and actress Sharon Stone signed on as both star and co-producer. Development was fast tracked after director Sam Raimi’s hiring, and principal photography began in Old Tucson Studios in Arizona on November 21, 1993. The film was distributed by TriStar Pictures and was released in the US on February 10, 1995, to a dismal box office performance, receiving mixed reviews from critics. In later years, however, the film has earned critical praise especially for the performances, direction, cinematography and musical score, with some critics noting it as underrated in Raimi’s catalog.
This was Russell Crowe’s American film debut and was Woody Strode‘s final performance (the film is dedicated to him), as well as the last theatrical release of Roberts Blossom who died in 2011. The phrase “the quick and the dead” is from the Second Epistle to Timothy (2 Timothy 4:1) in various Bible versions, including the King James Bible, describing the final judgment.
- This a violent movie, and it is senseless violence at that.
- It is a stellar cast led by Sharon Stone. Along with the stars the movie includes Bruce Campbell, Woody Strode, Gary Sinise, Keith David, and Lance Henriksen.
- Writer Simon Moore wrote the movie it as a homage to the Spaghetti Westerns of Sergio Leone,