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.

Jason Hoffman

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.

Continuity mistake: Just before Russell Crowe duels with Spotted Horse, there is a rope strung across the street with what appears to be lanterns attached to it. In the next shot of Russell Crowe, the rope is gone, but Spotted Horse later accidentally shoots it down. (01:12:50)

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Ellen: Don't you even want to fight back?
Cort: Sure. I'd like to kill them all for what they've done. But I won't. Killing people is wrong.
Ellen: Some people deserve to die.

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Trivia: This is the only Sam Raimi movie where his trademark Oldsmobile does not appear.

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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.

Jason Hoffman
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