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The Quick and the Dead (1987 film) – Review!


The Quick and the Dead is a 1987 television movie, based on the 1973 novel by Louis L’Amour, directed by Robert Day and starring Sam Elliott, Tom Conti, Kate Capshaw, Kenny Morrison and Matt Clark.

Duncan McKaskel (Tom Conti) and his wife, Susanna (Kate Capshaw), a married couple who, along with their 12 year old son, Tom (Kenny Morrison), are travelling West hoping to start a new life. They have left a cholera-stricken wagon train and alone, arrive in a small dilapidated town. Here, they meet no-good Doc Shabbitt (Matt Clark) and ask for directions. He suggests they stay in a deserted local building, but McKaskel senses danger and they leave. Shabbit decides to steal two of their horses.


Con Vallian (Sam Elliot) is chasing a half-breed Indian, the latest recruit to Shabbit’s gang, who it transpires, Vallian has tracked for hundreds of miles for personal reasons. Vallian witnesses the homesteader’s encounter with Shabbit and turns up at the McKaskel’s wagon during supper. He advises them their horses have been stolen. Against Susanna’s advice, Duncan rides into town and tries to reclaim the horses.

An intense gunfight ensues when Vallian, who has secretly followed him, shoots some of the members of Shabbit gang. When Doc Shabbitt finds that his son, who was about to shoot McKaskel in the back, has been killed, he vows to pursue the family and seek revenge. .. (Source: Wikipedia)

– Lovely western movie to watch on a Saturday afternoon .. slow paced, shot by the countryside, and entertaining!


About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.


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