Picks and Pans Review: The Quick and the Dead

updated 03/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

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If you've missed Gunsmoke and The Rifleman after all these years, you'll be happy to know that somebody's making TV Westerns again. In The Quick and the Dead, one of Louis L'Amour's 100 horse operas, Tom (Reuben, Reuben) Conti is a gentle man, a former teacher who fights at Gettysburg, vows never to shoot a gun again and then heads West with his son and his beautiful wife, Kate (Indiana Jones) Capshaw. They soon run afoul of a bunch of foul men who try to steal their horses, their wagon and Capshaw's honor. Enter the mysterious stranger, Sam (Mask) Elliott. Sam also lusts after Kate, but he shoots well and saves their lives while he goes gunning for a mysterious Indian. By the movie's end, Tom learns that real men shoot guns; that's what I don't like about Westerns. But the scenery's gorgeous; that's what I do like about Westerns. And the cast couldn't be better.

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