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Red Rock West

In One Word



Mystery / Thriller

Released By / Year

Columbia TriStar / 1994


When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his getaway, things go wrong, and soon get worse when he runs into the real hitman, Lyle.
(The above plot description was taken from Movie Collector -

Quick Review

A small gem of a thriller where a chance encounter and a spur of the moment decision gets Nicolas Cage in way over his head. Red Rock West has multiple double crossings, characters with questionable morale and a certain charm brought on by its great sense of humor. Especially the first two thirds of the movie are on a roll but near the end it succumbs to a more traditional thriller ending.

Great performances all around and I would never have known this movie existed if it wasn't for the November 2013 issue of Empire. Yes, I recommend the magazine as well as the movie.

Online: Tuesday, May 20, 2014