August 18, 1995 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Quick and the Dead

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
performer
Gene Hackman, Sharon Stone, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lance Henriksen, Gary Sinise, Woody Strode
director
Sam Raimi
distributor
TriStar Pictures
author
Simon Moore
genre
Western

Even though theater audiences barely nibbled at The Quick and the Dead, director Sam Raimi’s tasty homage to spaghetti-Western maestro Sergio Leone — spiced with Raimi’s offbeat humor — goes down pretty easily. Trading glamour for grit, Sharon Stone plays a six-shooter gladiator competing with the West’s deadliest guns in a contest sponsored by the ruthless Gene Hackman, her father’s murderer. The story line is thin, the characters are one-dimensional, and everybody involved has done better work elsewhere, but Raimi’s stylistic flourishes and talented supporting players carry this slickly made send-up over the rough spots with relative ease. B-

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