Directed by: Sam Raimi
Written by: Simon Moore
Produced by: Toby Jaffe, Robert G. Tapert
Other cast: Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe
Release date: February 10, 1995
Genre: Action, Romance, Thriller
Running time: 1h 47min
Ellen, an unknown female gunslinger rides into a small, dingy and depressing prairie town with a secret as to her reason for showing up. Shortly after her arrival, a local preacher, Cort, is thrown through the saloon doors while townfolk are signing up for a gun competition. The pot is a huge sum of money and the only rule: that you follow the rules of the man that set up the contest, Herod. Herod is also the owner, leader, and "ruler" of the town. Seems he's arranged this little gun-show-off so that the preacher (who use to be an outlaw and rode with Herod) will have to fight again. Cort refuses to ever use a gun to kill again and Herod, acknowledging Cort as one of the best, is determined to alter this line of thinking ... even if it gets someone killed ...
A sex scene between Ellen (Sharon Stone) and Cort (Russell Crowe) was shot, but Stone and director Sam Raimi decided that it wasn’t a necessary part of the story. The scene was not included in the American release of the film, but international versions do include it.
Kid marries Red Head: Mattie Silks
Continuity: The ground dries very quickly.
Anachronisms: The Armani logo on Ellen’s sunglasses.
Anachronisms: Remington-Peters did not begin stamping “R-P” on their ammunition until the 1960s.
Continuity: While Cort and Herod supposedly have their gunfight at dawn, the sun is significantly higher in the sky, revealing it’s much later.
Continuity: Just before the Lady shoots her first opponent, the camera shows a red-head standing by the Kid. She has a black and white fan-shaped ornament in her hair and there’s white at the base of her neckline. After the Lady shoots, the red-head doesn’t have the fan in her hair anymore and there’s black at the base of her neckline.
Continuity: At the end when Ellen shoots Herod in the center of his chest the sunlight shows through Herod’s shadow. However, the sun is high in the sky and cannot possibly show through a foot long hole through Herod’s chest. The sun would have to have been setting behind him.
Continuity: The bills in Herod’s right hand disappear and reappear between cuts.
Continuity: This is similar to, but not exactly the same as other goofs. Immediately before the gunfight between Herod and Ellen, Herod’s shadow is at his right, behind him. Immediately after the fight, Herod looks down at his shadow (and the hole) directly in front of him.
Continuity: Ellen threw her father’s US Marshal badge at Herod’s feet. After their duel, when Herod was knocked back several feet, Ellen retrieves the badge which is still right next to him. It has also flipped over.
Continuity: During the rainstorm in the cemetery, the sky can be clearly seen to be almost entirely cloudless, except for a couple of cumulus (fair-weather) clouds in the distance.
Continuity: After shooting Herod, Ellen has her gun held straight out, but as he raises his gun again, Ellen draws her gun again, with the same hand, without ever putting it back.
Anachronisms: During the gunfight between Ellen and Cort, there is a close up shot of Ellen’s eyes including her contact lenses.
Continuity: After young Ellen shoots the Marshal standing on the stool, the next shot shows the gang riding out. The stool the Marshal was standing on is nowhere to be seen.