20th Century Fox (Albert S. Ruddy, Andre
Morgan & Charles Finch)
USA 🇺🇸 1994
W: Ken Friedman & Yolande
DP: Ralf D. Bode
Ed: Jane Kurson
Mus: Jerry Goldsmith
PD: Guy Barnes
Madeliene Stowe (Cody Zamora), Mary Stuart
Masterson (Anita Crown), Andie MacDowell (Eileen Spenser), Drew Barrymore (Lilly Laronette), Robert Loggia (Frank Jarrett), Dermot Mulroney (Josh McCoy)
Virtually an all-female remake of Unforgiven,
with a quartet of prostitutes replacing the vigilante trio in Clint Eastwood's western.
This might have been half decent if the
characters were likeable and the performance were any good, but they aren't.
Maybe in the late 60's or early 70's Sam
Peckinpah could have done something more promising with the premise, unfortunately Jonathan Kaplan's effort is a grim attempt on some form of women's lib melodrama in an
environment that is usually best suited to masculine anti-heroes. It probably had the best intentions, but the execution and performances are far too poor.
Did You Know:
Tamra Davis started as director of this film, with a
script written by Yolande Finch and Becky Johnston. A few weeks into filming, the production company became unhappy with the direction the film was taking. They shut down production, replaced
Davis with Jonathan Kaplan, had the script rewritten and sent the four main actresses off to "cowboy camp" to learn how to shoot, rope and ride.