The Quick and the Dead
10. The title "The Quick and the Dead" comes from the King James translation of the Bible, I Peter 4:5, which admonishes the believer from behaving like pagans, "who shall give account to him [Christ] that is ready to judge the quick and the dead." The phrase became better known in English as part of the Apostle's Creed, a Christian doctrine which appears to date back (at least in partial form) to the second century. The Creed, as translated in the Book of Common Prayer for the Church of England, states that Christ "...ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead." In both cases, the word "quick" is a more archaic use meaning "living" (in modern parlance, the "quick of the fingernails" is a rare instance of the older meaning); however, the movie title clearly plays off the double-meaning, in that there are two kinds of gunslingers: quick (meaning both fast and alive) and dead.
9. Sharon Stone bought the horse Magic after the movie was over. Stone: "I've been riding all my life but never such a fine horse as this."
8. It took two and a half days to film the gunfight between Ellen and Eugene. The actors were soaked the whole time. Kevin Conway: "That scene was probably the most difficult I'd ever done in my life."
7. There is a scene where Gene Hackman lightly slaps Sharon Stone. It wasn't scripted and Stone's reaction is real.
6. Because she is using an old-style revolver, Sharon Stone has to pull the hammer back for each shot. Stone worked hard to make it look much easier than it is.
5. Sharon Stone's leather pants were so tight, she was unable to sit down in a chair. Also she fired her stand-in because she was getting more attention from the crew than she was.
4. One of the henchman is Sharon Stone's brother Michael.
3. Pat Hingle played Commissioner Gordon in the first four Batman films and Mark Boone Junior appeared in Batman Begins (2005). Gene Hackman played Lex Luthor in the Superman films. Sam Raimi later directed the Spider-Man films. Also, Sharon Stone starred as the main villain in Cat Woman.
2. Sharon Stone's leather jacket is the real deal. Over 100 years old, it's from a Western museum.
1. Matt Damon turned down the role of 'The Kid'.
EXTRASAll of the actors on the set in the gunfight scenes were instructed in the art of the quick draw by a stunt coordinator. Due to his limited screen time, Gene Hackman had the most opportunity to prepare his quick draw and as a result was the fastest actor on the set.
Bruce Campbell had a cameo appearance during a wedding scene, but the scene was cut. Campbell says Sam Raimi created that scene for the specific reason of giving Pat Hingle something more substantial to do and was never intended to be in the movie in the first place. Campbell was also visiting the set on his day off when Raimi drafted him to play a skid-row character in several background shots. Although all of Campbell's appearances ended up on the cutting room floor, he is still listed high up in the credits.
According to the "Evil Dead Companion", Sharon Stone was given a lengthy list of directors that had been approved to direct this film, so that she could choose the directors she thought would work. She sent back a list with a single name... Sam Raimi. When asked why she chose Raimi, she said it was because she liked Army of Darkness (1992), among Raimi's other works.
The badly dilapidated pistol that Herod buys from Fee Herod for Cort to use in the contest is a model 1851 Colt Navy cap and ball revolver that has been converted to use metallic cartridges. Such converted cap and ball pistols were common in the Wild West era and were popular as they could be purchased for about a third of the price of the newer cartridge pistols like the Colt Peacemaker, Remington New Army or Smith and Wesson Schofield.
For obvious reasons, this is the only Sam Raimi film to date (2002) where his trademark beige 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 doesn't appear in its original form. However, according to Bruce Campbell, the car makes an appearance in the form of a wagon's chassis. He claims the car was disassembled and the chassis was used for the wagon.
According to Bruce Campbell, Gene Hackman initially refused to do the scene where Herod leans to his aide and asks, "What are the odds on The Kid?" It was only when Sam Raimi explained his character's motivation that he agreed to do the scene as planned.
Sam Raimi's original ending didn't work, so he went to Sony Pictures to ask for a writer to fix it. The studio suggested Joss Whedon, who saw the movie and fixed the ending for Raimi in one afternoon.
A sex scene between Ellen and Cort was shot, but Sharon 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.
All the guns in the film are authentic for 1878. Many are guns you don't normally see in Westerns.
The filmmakers hired a lot of extras from the unemployment rolls in Tucson. Casting director Cecily Jordan said they wanted people "with a million miles on their faces."