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The Quick and the Dead is a 1995 American western film directed by Sam Raimi and starring Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio the screenplay was written by Simon Moore but includes contributions from Joss Whedon the story focuses on The Lady stone a gunfighter who rides into the frontier town of Redemption controlled by John Herod Hackman the Lady joins a deadly dueling competition in an attempt to exact revenge for her father's death.

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In 1881 an unnamed gunslinger known only as The Lady arrives at the Old West town of Redemption where she enters a single elimination gunfighting contest held by Redemption's ruthless mayor and former outlaw John Herod she encounters the Blind Shoeshine Boy and the repulsive escaped convict named Scars whose proposition she harshly rebuffs that night in the saloon it is made clear that all contestants are free to indulge in whatever they want in town and the rules of the competition are explained if a contestant is challenged they cannot refuse each contestant must fight once a day and the fight ends when a contestant yields or is dead while there she meets Cort a former Herod henchman turned preacher whom Herod has captured and forced to enter the contest during her first night in town the Lady saves Cort's life by shooting through the rope Herod's men had used to hang him she drunkenly spends the night with the Kid a brash young man who runs a gun store and hopes to impress Herod the Kid believes Herod is his father and that he can earn his father's respect by entering and winning the contest.

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