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The Quick and the Dead

4.6 out of 5 stars 257 customer reviews

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In 1876 Wyoming, the gun is the only law. And for Duncan and Susanna McKaskel (Tom Conti and Kate Capshaw), newly arrived settlers beset by outlaws, rugged frontiersman Con Vallian (Sam Elliott) is the only hope. From the book by famed Western author Louis L'Amour, THE QUICK AND THE DEAD is a rousing adventure. It shares tried-and-true ingredients of those sagebrush sagas: a tale of peaceable folk driven to action under the guidance of a mysterious stranger.

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  • Actors: Sam Elliot, Tom Conti, Kate Capshaw, Kenny Morrison, Matt Clark
  • Directors: Robert Day
  • Writers: Louis L'Amour, James Lee Barrett
  • Producers: Phillip Cates
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 8, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NF97MQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,321 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By kone TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 9, 2005
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If you believed great western films died with the passing of John Wayne, I have news for you - this western is every bit as good as those of the Duke.

Based on a story by Louis L'Amour, "The Quick and the Dead" is a fast-paced western about Duncan and Susanna McKaskel and son who are traveling across the continent to settle near the Big Horn Mountains in 1876. Escaping their violent memories of the Civil War, they run into Wyoming Territory where a man (and in this case, a woman) settle their problems with a gun. They are befriended by a nomadic western ranger, Con Vallian, who is reminisient of John Wayne's character Hondo. Mr. Vallian (Sam Elliott), takes a personal interest in the wife of the pilgrims, Susanna McKaskel (Kate Capshaw). Not wanting harm to come to Susanna, Vallian becomes their guardian angel, as they are pursued by eight ruthless theives that are intent on taking everything they own and having their way with Susanna.

Sam Elliott's role as Vallian is an admirable 5-star performance, which establishes him as a premier western star in the post John Wayne era. Sheperd brings his character to life with his deep resonant voice, his glowering smoldering eyes, and his ruggedly handsome good looks. Elliott's Vallian is a pragmatic character who would not mind taking over husbandly duties with Susanna, should anything happen to her husband Duncan. As the story unfolds, Vallian builds a grudging respect for Duncan, seeing the steady grit inside the man.

Kate Capshaw plays Susanna McKaskel, and is the obvious reason for Vallian's interest in the family. Capshaw is truly a strikingly beautiful woman; however, she is also a strikingly good actress and carries off the part of a pioneering woman with ease.
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By A Customer on August 19, 2003
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The Western is arguably my favorite film genre and The Quick and the Dead is one of the best. Sam Elliot is superb as the slow talkin' stranger who befriends a family of settlers preyed upon by theiving killers. He takes special interest in Kate Capshaw, the beautful and faithful wife. Yes the plot is simple but simplicity is often a good thing. I think you will enjoy The Quick and the Dead as much as I. Just be sure not to confuse it with the poorly acted Sharon Stone/Leonardo DeCaprio film of the same name.
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This little movie was a quiet knockout. A subtly exquisite love story told against the background of hard pioneer life and a violent sub-plot. Sam Elliot at his absolute best, stunningly beautiful Kate Capshaw at hers, and Tom Conti just perfect. Elegantly cast, remarkably well performed, and the photography (by the way) was superb. My favorite "modern" western ever.
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Quick and the Dead was made for the television in 1987.
Fantastic dialogue written by James Lee Barrett and directed to the finer perfection by Robert Day giving full credit to the great story written by Louis L'Amour.
It has a beautiful musical score, which fits the great landscape just after winter snow
Melting on the mountains.
Story was set in 1876 Wyoming territory.
Tom Conti plays (Duncan McKaskel) with his wife (Susanna McKaskel) played by
Kate Capshaw and they have one son (tom Mckaskel) played by Kenny Morrison.

They are on their way to start new life on the land which her brother who was in Custer's regiment bought and built the house before going to war.

Then there is Sam Elliot as (Con Vallian)-I doesn't have to tell much about Him.
Each dialogues is explosive.
In this movie he is a son of mountain man and Indian mother.
He keeps appearing like a ghost saving the day for them and indirectly preparing and teaching them to take care of themselves as they were chased by a band of ruffians -even though while doing so he got shot but he kept going on saying this funny dialogue ever since he first met them.

"Yes sir McKaskel you are a lucky man
You got a damm good woman.
You are a mighty handsome woman maam.
She is my wife. You know she is handsome
I know she is handsome-will you stop saying it.
Still she is mighty handsome".
Susanna says-Pardon me but we don't even know your name.
Name don't count much out here maam.

On one occasion Duncan says.
Have you actually ever done a day's work in your life vallian.
I worked hard every day in my life Mr.
As What?
"BY STAYING ALIVE".
Good movie-you can never go wrong.Print is good sound is good.
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By DeeDee on October 5, 2011
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Not only is this a great western by a master like Louis L'Amour, you have one of the sexiest men alive starring in it! You have the best of both worlds to enjoy. No one spins an interesting yarn of western life like Louis L'Amour, and Sam Elliott is one of THE BEST western actors EVER. He is just a natural and takes you right into the story with him.
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I'll admit that the simplicity of this L'Amour tale of Easterners being protected by an anonymous-type stranger on the wagon trail out west has to please. Sam Elliott is the best he can be, as are the supporting characters, Good and Bad.

The westward-bound couple with their young son learn early that with the best of intentions--it is best to learn to shoot to kill, and that some Bad men just won't take no for an answer.

The cinematography is beautiful (stunning, really) and might just inspire a few tenderfeet to head out to Utah to see what it is all about.
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