The Quick and the Dead (1987 film)
|The Quick and the Dead|
|Directed by||Robert Day|
|Produced by||Phillip Cates|
|Written by||Louis L'Amour (novel)
James Lee Barrett
|Music by||Steven Dorff|
|Edited by||Jay Freund|
|Running time||90 minutes|
Duncan McKaskel (Tom Conti) and his wife, Susanna (Kate Capshaw), a young married couple who, along with their son, Tom (Kenny Morrison), are travelling West hoping to start a new life, arrive in this town. They meet Doc Shabbitt and ask for directions. He politely suggests a place for them to stay, but when they leave, he decides to steal two of their horses.
Con Vallian suddenly arrives in the camp set up by Duncan and Susanna, telling them that 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 secretly shoots some of the bandits. When Doc Shabbitt finds that his son was killed, he decides to pursue the family and seek revenge.
Susanna, Duncan, and Tom flee in their covered wagon, trying to keep ahead of the bandits. Vallian keeps arriving to help protect them from Shabbitt and his gang.
Vallian is obviously attracted to Susanna, and she to him. Eventually she succumbs to his crude advances and they have a passionate kiss together. McKaskel is never told his wife kissed him but tells Vallian to back off several times.
Eventually, they arrive at the small cabin which Susanna's brother had built for them on the spread where they intended to raise cattle. The family begins settling in the house before Shabbitt arrives once again. A showdown ensues in which all three manage to kill the gang. Vallian then bids farewell to the family and leaves.
- Sam Elliott as Con Vallian
- Tom Conti as Duncan McKaskel
- Kate Capshaw as Susanna McKaskel
- Kenny Morrison as Tom McKaskel
- Matt Clark as Doc Shabitt
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