Red Rock West


Red Rock West

Critics Consensus

Red Rock West is a hidden neo-noir gem with some delightful cracks in its surface -- and an opportunity to see Lara Flynn Boyle, Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, and J.T. Walsh go toe-to-toe in all their early '90s glory.



Total Count: 37


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User Ratings: 8,198
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An offbeat mystery about an average guy who is mistaken for a professional hit-man. Dead tired and flat broke after driving 1,200 miles, Michael, an unemployed Texan, walks into a tavern in tiny Red Rock West, Wyoming, and is immediately offered a job. There's just one problem: the owner thinks Micheal is a hit-man, and the "job" is murdering the owner's wife. Just when Mike decides to take the money and run, the real hit-man arrives, ready to do the job right.

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Nicolas Cage
as Michael Williams
Dan Shor
as Bowman
Vance Johnson
as Mr. Johnson
Ted Parks
as Cashier
Dwight Yoakam
as Truck Driver
Michael Rudd
as Red Rock Bartender
Peter Kevin Quinn
as Truck Drivers Buddy
Jeff Levine
as Country Girl Bartender
Robert Beecher
as Caretaker
Jody Carter
as Caretaker's Wife
Babs Bram
as Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Red Rock West

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (2)

Audience Reviews for Red Rock West

  • Jan 24, 2016
    Fantastic noir film by the great but undervalued John Dahl. Nicolas Cage should take a pay cut and resurrect his career with gems like this. This was brilliant from beginning to end and Dennis Hopper works very well in the typical bad guy role here. Underrated film, do yourself a favour and hunt this one down, I paid $2 and it is worth so much more.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Apr 26, 2013
    The plot comes together in a fashion that's a bit too neat and tidy for my taste and Cage's performance is kinda dull, but its still a solid blend of the neo-noir and western genres. I also like that as the plot progresses things get worse for the central character each time he makes the "moral" decision.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Red Rock West has all the depth of a fine crime novel, and John Dahl is a good storyteller, but the movie is bogged down by stiff acting and predictable dialogue.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2011
    Entertaining pastiche of noir and western. Notoriously flawed by lack of verisimilitude. The always menacing presence of Dennis Hopper is a plus. A clear inspiration for Oliver Stone's U-Turn.
    Pierluigi P Super Reviewer

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