It's rare for women to take the lead role in Western-themed movies, but in "The Quick and the Dead" it's Sharon Stone who rides into town, brandishing a rusty old pistol. How much do you know about this sleek homage to spaghetti Westerns?
In a twist, the star of this particular Western is a woman -- Sharon Stone. Stone, of course, gained huge fame for her role in the psychothriller "Basic Instinct."
Hackman plays the role of John Herod, a man who uses force and intimidation to stay in power in a small Western town.
Stone is Ellen, "The Lady," and although her good looks may be disarming, she's definitely packing heat, and she'll hurt you if necessary.
Sam Raimi directed the movie, which had a number of big stars in its cast. Raimi also directed Hollywood projects like "Spider-Man" and "The Gift."
No one really found redemption in the Old West, they just dried up and blew away. But in Redemption, The Lady is looking for some sort of new path in life.
Leonardo DiCaprio, still just a kid at this point of his career, plays the role of "The Kid," who believes that he's the son of the evil-minded John Herod.
Herod is the town's vicious mayor. His mean spirit means that he uses the threat of violence to control the townspeople.
This was no cheap, throwaway Western. It had the big stars and a big budget (about $32 million) that meant the studio was taking a gamble on its investment.
Well, it was only $32 million, right? We'll get 'em next time. The movie tanked at the box office, earning back only about half of its budget.
Cort is being hanged by Herod and his men. She uses her pistol to shoot the rope, dropping Cort safely to the ground.
As it turns out, John Herod killed her father. The Lady has no intention of letting this unjust action stand.
Simon Moore was the film's writer, and he knew from the outset that he wanted the lead character to be a female. Moore is a British screenplay writer and producer who also worked on "Traffic."
Stone also had a minor role as producer, a fact that gave her more than a little leverage in terms of casting. She was taken with Russell Crowe and also badly wanted Leonardo DiCaprio in the cast.
Herod decides that it would be a swell time to have a quick-draw gunslinging contest in Redemption. If you're too slow -- you're either wounded or you die.
For months before shooting started, the cast learned to handle guns like real gunslingers. A highly-paid shooter named Thell Reed helped each cast member hone their technique.
Sony Pictures fired Moore, hoping that his replacement would cobble together a more standard Western. Then they fired him, too… and rehired Moore to finish the job.
Compared with real life, the movie is practically a war zone. There are 11 total gunfights, and some of them are long, drawn-out affairs.
Stone had a ton of influence in the making of this film. She wanted Raimi to direct, in large part because she liked his work with "Army of Darkness."
Cort is the local preacher. He's decided to live a better life after being a lackey for John Herod.
Sony Pictures wasn’t too keen on DiCaprio in the role. But Stone insisted and said she'd simply pay his salary herself.
Most of the shooting occurred at Old Tucson Studios in Arizona. The studio has been used for numerous other Western films.
Dred is indeed dreadful -- he sexually assaulted a young girl. With tears in her eyes, The Lady shoots Dred between the legs, and eventually puts him down like a rabid dog.
Stone and Crowe shot a sex scene for the movie. Later, it didn't really seem to fit with the rest of the story, so the scene was cut from the film.
Only two fighters remain -- Ellen and Cort -- the two characters who are clearly drawn to each other. They refuse to fight and Herod threatens to have both of them killed.
In 1995, DiCaprio's career was new and bright. He'd just earned an Oscar nod for his role as Arnie Grape in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," starring Johnny Depp.
Alan Silvestri created the movie's music. He's famous for his top-notch work on films such as "Back to the Future," "Forrest Gump," and "The Avengers."
The leather jacket she wore was completely authentic -- it was more than a century old and on loan from an Old West museum.
There was a huge boom in Westerns in the '90s, and studios were already using many of the period items in circulation. So the crew had to scramble to find enough clothes for the actors and extras.
Campbell, who was a childhood friend of director Sam Raimi, did make a couple of quick cameo appearances. However, these were cut from the final film.
Ellen shoots Herod in the chest, but he doesn't quite die. So, for good measure, she puts a bit of lead through one of his eyes, too.