Red Rock West 1993

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.

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When unemployed ex-marine Michael Williams (Nicolas Cage) stumbles into a bar in Red Rock, Wyo., the owner, Wayne (J.T. Walsh), mistakes him for a hired killer and offers him $10,000 to kill his wife, Suzanne (Lara Flynn Boyle). Michael plays along, taking half the money up front, then tells Suzanne what her husband is planning. She seduces Michael and proposes that he kill her husband instead. While he weighs his options, the real killer (Dennis Hopper) turns up looking for his money.

Cast & Crew

Nicolas Cage
Michael Williams
Dennis Hopper
Lyle from Dallas
Lara Flynn Boyle
Suzanne Brown aka Ann McCord
Timothy Carhart
Deputy Matt Greytack
J.T. Walsh
Wayne Brown aka Kevin McCord
Dan Shor
Deputy Russ Bowman
Dwight Yoakam
Truck Driver
John Dahl
Director
Rick Dahl
Screenwriter
John Dahl
Screenwriter
Michael Kuhn
Executive Producer
Jane McGann
Executive Producer
William Olvis
Original Music
Marc Reshovsky
Cinematographer
Scott Chestnut
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Critic Reviews for Red Rock West

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

  • It's well worth tracking down, wherever you can find it. For it has the kind of tension and energy -- maybe even a touch of delirium -- that is only a memory in most of today's big studio movies.

    March 13, 2009 | Full Review…
  • A wry thriller with a keen edge.

    September 16, 2008

    Leonard Klady

    Variety
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  • A rather ho-hum if watchable neo-noir, though it's been treated in some quarters as something special.

    September 16, 2008 | Full Review…
  • [A] well-played, highly entertaining and playfully ingenious thriller.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • It should never have fallen through the cracks. This clever little film is a real find.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • Director John Dahl and his brother Rick Dahl co-wrote the intelligent and off-handedly witty script; they're like the Coen brothers, but with a sense of fun and a coherent, entertaining story to tell.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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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