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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.Read more ›
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.
"BY STAYING ALIVE".
Good movie-you can never go wrong.Print is good sound is good.
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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We had this movie on VHS, and were happy to see it was on DVD. Mr. Elliott is a great actor and we enjoy his movies.Published 6 days ago by Esther F. Moss
The Quick and the Dead is one of tvs best movies of all times Sam Elliot is excellent in this movie the movie rates a 5 star this is tv at its best. this movie should be on bluray.Published 1 month ago by vernon egolf
If You Enjoy "Westerns",,, Great Cinematography,,, and Want To See Sam Elliot At His Best,,,This One's For You... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BigWheelHawaii