Dollar for the Dead
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Written byGene Quintano
Directed byGene Quintano
StarringEmilio Estevez
William Forsythe
Howie Long
Theme music composerGeorge S. Clinton
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducersEnrique Cerezo
Tony Anthony
CinematographyGiovanni Fiore Coltellacci
EditorsNeil Kirk
Michael Marisi Ornstein
Running time94 minutes
Production companiesEndemol Entertainment
Once Upon a Time Films
Enrique Cerezo Producciones Cinematográficas S.A.
DistributorWarner Bros.
Original networkTNT
Original releaseOctober 11, 1998 (1998-10-11)

Dollar for the Dead is a 1998 TNT Western television film. Film directed and written by Gene Quintano and starring Emilio Estevez. It is the third western film in which Estevez stars. Film also stars William Forsythe, Joaquim de Almeida, Jonathan Banks, Ed Lauter and Howie Long. Actor Jordi Mollà nominated for Fotogramas de Plata award.

Dollar for the Dead is often perceived as a tribute to the 1960s Spaghetti Westerns, with a liberal dose of modern Hong Kong film-making thrown in. Emilio Estevez portrays a "Man with No Name" role, stylistically akin to Clint Eastwood's 1960s westerns. The film also portrays an atmosphere similar to those of the 1960s, with numerous visual and character references to Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy films A Fistful of Dollars, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, as well as non-Eastwood films such as Once Upon a Time in the West, The Wild Bunch and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.[1]


Lone super-quick gunslinger "nameless" Cowboy (Estevez) is on the run from a rancher (Long) and his men, who are out to kill him for killing the rancher's son. A former Confederate soldier (Forsythe) sees how can Cowboy defend himself, even dropping a drink, pulling and shooting a guy, and catching his drink before it hits the floor. Cowboy gets mixed up with this soldier who has knowledge of hidden gold. So, Cowboy and Dooley, the Soldier tries to complete their map and find the gold because Dooley has only one part of the map. And also Col. Skinner (Redleg commander) on the tale of Dooley.

When Cowboy and Dooley free a man (Lauter) with part of the map to the gold, they then are also pursued by Spanish soldiers. It all leads to a small Mexican town terrorized by soldiers and led a by a good priest (De Almeida) who is another one which has knowledge of the hidden gold.



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