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Story

Director Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead) tries gamely to recapture the exotic mysteries of spaghetti Westerns in this stylish but empty film, which stars Sharon Stone as a stranger who comes to the town of Redemption in time for an annual shooting contest. Her real motivations for being there are the stuff that might have found their way into a film by Sergio Leone--in fact, much of this film is a pastiche of Leone's greatest hits, including A Fistful of Dollars and Once upon a Time in America--but one can't quite believe Stone in the role. Gene Hackman gives a predictably solid performance as the town tyrant, and Leonardo DiCaprio is good as a lucky young gunslinger who gets to kiss the heroine. But not even the cast can help this failed project. Raimi brings a lot of razzle-dazzle to his camera work, but it doesn't make the film any more substantial. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

Sharon StoneEllen
Gene HackmanHerod
Russell CroweCort
Leonardo DiCaprioKid
Tobin BellDog Kelly
Roberts BlossomDoc Wallace
Kevin ConwayEugene Dred
Keith DavidSgt. Cantrell
Lance HenriksenAce Hanlon
Pat HingleHorace the Bartender
Gary SiniseMarshall
Mark Boone JuniorScars
Olivia BurnetteKatie
Fay MastersonMattie Silk
Raynor ScheineRatsy
Woody StrodeCharlie Moonlight
Jerry SwindallBlind Boy
Scott SpiegelGold Teeth Man
Jonothon GillSpotted Horse
Sven-Ole ThorsenGutzon
Lennie LoftinFoy
Matthew GoldFoy's Boy
Arturo GastelumCarlos Montoya
David CornellSimp Dixon
Josef RainerVirgil Sparks
Stacy Linn RamsowerYoung Ellen
Tony Lee BoggsZeb
Scott RyderGunfighter
Timothy Patrick QuillMan in Bar
Solomon AbramsMan on Veranda
John CameronBordello Swell
Bruce CampbellWedding Shemp (scenes deleted)
Mike StoneCounselor
Butch MolinaSaloon Patron
Greg GoossenYoung Herod's Man
Mick GarrisYoung Herod's Man
Oliver DearYoung Herod's Man
James CotnerTownsman (uncredited)
Cindy HundtBordello Girl (uncredited)
John A. WillinghamGunfighter (uncredited)

  • Genre: Western
  • Theme(s): Wild West
  • Director: Sam Raimi
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 105 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 10, 1995
    EuropeSep 22, 1995
    JapanNovember 1995
    AustraliaJun 15, 1995
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaNov 7, 2000
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