The Quick and the Dead

Raimi entombs his film, with reference to Eastwood’s High Plains Drifter and (who knows?) Palmer’s Shostakovich, in red almost entirely without let.

Out of this arise such performances as Hackman’s with the dead giveaway of a hand not trembling but shaking, DiCaprio’s dying in the street with Simone Signoret eyes most pronounced, Hingle’s all untrammeled, Crowe’s courteously deferent, and Stone’s with a revolver confidently thrust into the holster at her midriff once its purpose is accomplished for good.