DOLLAR FOR THE DEAD (TV movie)

10/11/1998. TNT. Sunday, 8 pm. 2 hours.
Rated TV 14 (Intense violence)
Western.
Code: DFD 10/1998

PLOT

A nameless gunslinger pursues a mission to locate four holsters that make up a map to a fortune in gold, hidden in the Western badlands.

CREDITS

Writer/Director: Gene Quintano.

CAST

Emilio Estevez as Cowboy
William Forsythe as Dooley
Howie Long as Reager
Joaquin De Almeida as Priest
Jonathan Banks as Colonel Skinner

BAD GUY

Skinner is on the track of the holsters and the men.

CHARACTER

Determined, relentless, tough.

COMMENTS

Very interesting version of a Mexican stand-off on cliff. Skinner does a great scream when he falls down the cliff.

COSTUME

U.S. Cavalry uniform with hat. Arm in sling after cliff fall. JB has a beard for this role.

CRITICS

"…moderately entertaining, albeit dated, effort at reviving a highly stylized version of filmmaking. The trite plot is the weakest link in this scenario that pits ‘loner gunslinger with an agenda’ against the world. Leone trademarks have been harvested: minimal dialogue, quirky humor, strategic close-ups, shifts in points-of-view, extended moments of silence and even an operatic accompaniment to slow- motion shootouts replete with gymnastic tumbles, incredible aim and the ability to shoot up to 37 people without reloading. All this somehow makes sense in the context in which it is presented. At the same time, some concepts, especially those that became unique signatures of the originators, are better left to their creators, and any revival effort often appears deflated, and dated, in the translation." "Jonathan Banks does a believable job as Skinner, an obsessive Union officer trying to retrieve the missing gold; though his dialogue is sparse, his expressions tend to say it all in Leone understated fashion." "Overall, pic has its moments." Variety, 10/9/1998, p.10.

DEATH SCENE

Shot to death in the town square in a hail of bullets.

LINES

"They’re on a downhill road to hell—and we’ll be there to greet them!"

"If you drop me, you’ll lose the holster, and I’ll be pulling this trigger all the way down."

LOCATION

Filmed in Almeria (the town built by Sergio Leone for his film Once Upon a Time in the West) and Madrid, Spain.

SCREEN TIME

3 minutes in seven scenes, thoughout.

WORKED WITH

Emilio Estevez (FJ 1/1992)