The Quick and the Dead (1987)

The Quick and the Dead (1987)





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Based on a novel by Louis L'Amour, this made-for-HBO western stars Sam Elliott, an enigmatic gunslinger who comes to the aid of a family traveling through the wilderness.
Action & Adventure , Television , Western
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Sam Elliott
as Con Vallian
Tom Conti
as Duncan McKaskel
Kate Capshaw
as Susanna McKaskel
Kenny Morrison
as Tom McKaskel
Matt Clark
as Doc Shabitt
Jerry Potter
as Red Hayle
Billy Streater
as Ike Mantle
Del Shores
as Purdy Mantle
R.L. Tolbert
as Johnny Dobbs
Kurt D. Lott
as Lenny Shabitt
Larry Sellers
as Running Wolf
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Critic Reviews for The Quick and the Dead

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Disposable made-for-HBO western.

Full Review… | February 3, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Quick and the Dead

I don't like a whole lot of older westerns, but this is definitely a must-see for anyone with a passing interest in the genre. Grade: B-

Cody Halpert
Cody Halpert

Recommend...not one of the best westerns on film, but good enough to sit through and enjoy. Don't expect to see gun fights in the middle of the streets (like another movie of the same title). This is based upon a Louis L'Amour novel. It's a tale about a stranger, Con Vallian (Sam Elliott) who befriends homesteaders, Duncan McKaskel (Sam Conti), Susanna McKaskel (Kate Capshaw) and Tom McKaskel (Kenny Morrison). Con is enamored with Susanna, and has no qualms at letting Duncan know how pretty she is. Susanna finds Con more exciting and mysterious, which she does not see in her husband. Duncan has a past that he doesn't want to share with his family, which he must overcome to keep them all alive. Sam Elliott's performance is excellent and quite believable. Tom Conti may have portrayed Duncan as to naive. Overall Kate?s performance was believable (with the exception of a couple of scenes alone with Sam). This movie is more about the characters and the issues they have to overcome to get to their new home.

Chuck S.
Chuck S.

[b]The Quick and the Dead[/b] [img][/img] First viewing: A mediocre western at best. The only thing this film did get right was that the general feel of the period. I really bought that they were in the old west. The good: It was beautifully shot. The bad: The screenplay sucked and ALL of the actors in this film (Except Sam Elliott) were bland, unconvincing and at times cartoonish.

John Gross
John Gross

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