DEAD FOR A DOLLAR (2022) Reviews of Walter Hill’s Western – trailer and release news

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Dead for a Dollar is a 2022 American Western action film about a famed bounty hunter who runs into his sworn enemy, a professional gambler and outlaw that he had sent to prison years before.

Directed by Walter Hill (The Assignment; Bullet to the Head; Last Man Standing; Streets of Fire; 48 Hrs and its sequel; Southern Comfort; The Long Riders; The Warriors; The Driver) from a screenplay written co-written with Matt Harris.

The movie stars Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe, Rachel Brosnahan, Brandon Scott, Warren Burke, Benjamin Bratt, Hamish Linklater and Guy Burnet.

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Plot synopsis:
1897. Veteran bounty hunter Max Borlund is deep into Mexico where he encounters professional gambler and outlaw Joe Cribbens — a sworn enemy who Max sent to prison years before. Borlund is on a mission to find and return Rachel Kidd, the hostage wife of a wealthy Santa Fe businessman.

Discovering that Mrs Kidd has actually fled from an abusive marriage, Max is ultimately faced with a choice: finish the dishonest job he’s been hired to accomplish or stand aside while ruthless mercenary outlaws and his long-time rival close in. Max and his partner Alonzo Poe have nothing to gain if they resist — nothing save honour…

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Release:
In the US, Quiver Distribution will release Dead for a Dollar theatrically in select locations on September 30, 2022.

Reviews:
” …if this is Hill being revisionist then we need to redefine the word because mostly characters are just coming and going, living and dying, as needed, instead of pushing any particular boundaries. Ultimately, Hill performs his duties like a man for hire in Dead for a Dollar…” AV Club

“Hill lets the (far too many) characters revolve around themselves. He gives the friendship between Poe and Jones, who are now on different sides, some strong moments, but the rivalry between Borlund and Cribbens, which was actually established as the central conflict in the first few minutes of the film, hardly comes into play. Filmstarts [translated from German]

“A grand finale with well-constructed gunfights and an exciting, quick draw are also welcome, proving that Walter Hill can still stage thrilling set-pieces. It’s just a shame everything else looks cheap and is half-baked. Still, this film is more alive than dead, feeding off terrific acting.” 3/5, Flickering Myth

“It’s not Hill’s finest hour or even his finest Western, but for those who are in dire need of a new western that isn’t made on a micro-scale and without competence, Dead for a Dollar will unremarkably pass the time for a little bit of change.” 2.5/5, Voices from the Balcony

“Thrown together with whatever spare parts were lying around, reverse-engineered around gaps in the name actors schedules and displaying a visual style that seemingly spared all expense, Dead for a Dollar is a proud heir to a longstanding lineage of low-budget westerns. Consider that a feature and a bug.” The Wrap

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