The Quick and the Dead

1995 R 1h 45m DVD

The Quick and the Dead

1995 R 1h 45m DVD
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In this offbeat Western, a lady gunslinger arrives in the frontier town of Redemption seeking revenge for the murder of her sheriff father years ago by town boss John Herod. But to get to him, she must wait her turn in a quick-draw contest.
Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobin Bell, Roberts Blossom, Kevin Conway, Keith David, Lance Henriksen, Pat Hingle, Gary Sinise
Sam Raimi
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
French, English
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital Mono
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Quick and the Dead is filled with Western-style violence in the form of shoot-outs, gun and rifle play, fistfights, knife fights, and hangings. There also is a scene in which the rape of a young girl by an older man is strongly implied, and, in a flashback sequence, a young girl is forced to shoot a gun at her father, who is on the verge of being hung by bandits, and accidentally kills him. Although the general violence and mayhem isn't much different from classic Westerns, this movie does not shy away from showing, for instance, the hollow space left in the head after a bullet blasts through it. There is profanity ("chickens--t") and drinking and smoking. Families with older teens who enjoy Westerns will get a kick out of how this movie both celebrates and plays with the conventions and tropes of the genre.

Sexual Content

After an all-night drinking binge, Ellen wakes up in the bed of a younger man who implies that they slept together. Prostitutes walk around and leer at passersby.


Frequent Western-style gun violence. Explosions, fistfights, knife fights. There is an implied rape of a young girl by an old man.


"A--hole." "Ass." "Chickens--t." "Playing with yourself."

Social Behavior

Not much in the way of positive messages in this Western shoot-'em-up.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters drink whiskey and beer to excess and act intoxicated. They also smoke cigarettes.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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