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105 minutes
Sam Raimi tries to do a Sergio Leone, and though this 1995 feature is highly enjoyable in spots, it doesn't come across as very convincing, perhaps because nothing can turn Sharon Stone into Charles Bronson. Gene Hackman runs a western town like a decadent Roman emperor, obliging various inhabitants to perform shoot-outs with one another, and Stone turns up thirsting for revenge. Raimi has a lot of fun with certain Leone conventions (huge close-ups, hokey flashbacks, hyperbolic lines and gestures), and adds a few of his own (like some morphing effects out of Death Becomes Her), but he flubs some moments (most noticeably by cutting away from several gunfights at climactic junctures) and generally seems hamstrung by Stone's determination to play simultaneously the most and least macho character in the story. Written by Simon Moore; with Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobin Bell, Roberts Blossom, Kevin Conway, Keith David, Lance Henriksen, Pat Hingle, and Woody Strode (whose talents are wasted).

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