The Quick and the Dead

Factual error: When Gene Hackman is shot at the end he looks down and sees the hole in his shadow. However if he was shot from someone at the same level as him, the hole would be straight, parallel to the Earth's surface. So if he could he the reasonably proportioned shadow the angle of the sun wouldn't show any hole in him at all.

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Suggested correction: First, it is reasonable to assume that Hackman is significantly taller than Stone, and, given that she is firing from a hip draw the angle of entry for the fatal gunshot would be on a upward trajectory. This generally upward bullet trace combined with the evening or late day sun could be reasonably expected to cast a shadow if you suspend disbelief initially to allow that this type of wound is practically plausible.


The fact that she is shorter is irrelevant given the distance between them. For the angle of the light showing through him to make sense (and that's assuming it makes sense for it to show through him at all) she would need to be kneeling directly in front of him. The fact that, as you say, suspension of belief is required demonstrates the original mistake is valid.

Factual error: In the scene just before Harrod fights Ace Handlin, we see a view of Harrod's feet passing a blood stain in the dirt. This bright red color would be impossible when mixed with the dirt. Also we are led to believe that fights happen on the hour, each hour. The blood would have coagulated and been nothing but a dark spot on the ground. This has obviously been done to emphasize that the ground is bloody.

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Factual error: In the first scene of the shoot out competition where Di Caprio is loading his revolver, the ammunition is modern headstamped R-P 44 Colt ammunition. This is modern 1990-2000 ammo.


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Suggested correction: It is stamped 45, not 44.

Factual error: In the bar when the lady buys herself a drink before getting challenged to her first fight, she drops a nickel on the table. It's a Jefferson nickel, not minted until 1913.

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Other mistake: During the first round of the duels we see a part of the participants list and "Scars" is missing. He should appear between "Spotted Horse" and "Sparks" according to their order of entering the competition.

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Trivia: Star and Co-producer Sharon Stone was so adamant that Leonardo DiCaprio be cast as "The Kid" that when the production company refused his hiring, wanting a higher profile actor, she paid his salary personally out of her own pocket. She also hand-picked and insisted on the hiring of Russell Crowe, but fortunately for her pocketbook the production company agreed. (Source: IMDb)


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Question: Why did Ace lie about killing the Terence brothers?

Answer: He's a fraud and he's trying to impress people and create a reputation. Most of what he brags about is likely either made up or was actually done by someone else.

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