Ellen, an unknown female gunslinger rides into a small, dingy and depressing prairie town with a secret as to her reason for showing up. Shortly after her arrival, a local preacher, Cort, is thrown through the saloon doors while townfolk are signing up for a gun competition. The pot is a huge sum of money and the only rule: that you follow the rules of the man that set up the contest, Herod. Herod is also the owner, leader, and "ruler" of the town. Seems he's arranged this little gun-show-off so that the preacher (who use to be an outlaw and rode with Herod) will have to fight again. Cort refuses to ever use a gun to kill again and Herod, acknowledging Cort as one of the best, is determined to alter this line of thinking ... even if it gets someone killed ...Written by
When Ellen is unpacking at her hotel room, there is a mate gourd on the table (she said something earlier about having been in South America). Sharon Stone went to Argentina in 1993 and had an interview with then-president Carlos Menem. He claimed later that the mate was a gift from him. See more »
Immediately after shooting Kelly, Ellen is seen and heard decocking the hammer on her revolver; it would not have been cocked because it had just fallen to fire the round. See more »
Don't you even want to fight back?
Sure. I'd like to kill them all for what they've done. But I won't. Killing people is wrong.
Some people deserve to die.
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A sex scene between Ellen (Sharon Stone) and Cort ('Russell Crowe (I)') was shot, but Stone and director Sam Raimi decided that it wasn't a necessary part of the story. The scene was not included in the American release of the film, but international versions do include it. See more »
Good Performances and Smart Direction Raise Mediocre Screenplay.
The evil Gene Hackman runs his old west town with an iron-fist ala his role in "Unforgiven". Several want to dethrone him though at his annual gun-fighting showdown. There is the young and wild Leonardo DiCaprio who has been reared by Hackman, but knows Hackman's reign of terror must be stopped. Former gunfighter and current preacher Russell Crowe is also pushed to fight in the contest. There is the highly dark Lance Henriksen and hired gun Keith David who are also present. But it might be mysterious drifter Sharon Stone who can defeat Hackman and get her revenge. A really silly story works due to top-notch performances from the key players. Sam Raimi's crazed direction makes the whole project work about as well as it could have. Russell Crowe, then relatively unknown, shines most among the talented cast. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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