Virtue Is Its Own PunishmentRobert Downey Jr. Sign in. A female gunfighter returns to a frontier town where a dueling tournament is being held, which she enters in an effort to avenge her father's death. 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 Quick and the Dead (1995)
The Quick and the Dead
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The screenplay was written by Simon Moore but includes contributions from Joss Whedon. The Lady joins a deadly dueling competition in an attempt to exact revenge for her father's death. Simon Moore's script was purchased by Sony Pictures Entertainment in May , and actress Sharon Stone signed on as both star and co-producer. Development was fast tracked after director Sam Raimi's hiring, and principal photography began in Old Tucson Studios in Arizona on November 21, The film was distributed by TriStar Pictures and was released in the US on February 10, , to a dismal box office performance, receiving mixed reviews from critics.
The essay contained the familiar brute facts of the slaughterhouse and the research lab, and the usual arguments about suffering, sympathy and the 98 percent of DNA we share with chimpanzees. But the essay was remarkable not so much for its reasons as for its insistence on unreason. Most people think of themselves as liking animals, Williams wrote, and are willing to hammer out sensible measures to ensure that they are treated more humanely. But the real animal people -- the ''flakes'' who refuse to shut up, to be comforted, to be, above all, reasonable -- are ''always plunging into the eschatological dark. Alice, the year-old protagonist of ''The Quick and the Dead,'' Williams's fourth novel and first book of fiction in more than a decade, is one of the animal people. A motherless child who lives with her grandparents somewhere in the desert Southwest, she's all hackles and hair-trigger judgments, mouthing off at the slightest provocation about air-conditioning, coral reefs, the representation of wildlife on tacky souvenirs. She's partial to T-shirts reading ''Thank You for Not Breeding'' and considers staging ''puke-ins'' at a local restaurant that serves veal.