New York Times - 04/08/1994
"...A terrifically enjoyable, smartly acted, over-the-top thriller....[Cage] gives the film an intelligent edge....This clever little film is a real find..."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/17/1994
"...Tongue-in-cheek film noir....Likably scruffy..."
Variety - 09/20/1993
"A wry thriller with a keen edge, RED ROCK WEST is a sprightly, likable noirish yarn..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/25/1994
"...Terrific film noir....RED ROCK WEST has style to burn..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/06/1994
"RED ROCK WEST is a diabolical movie that exists sneakily between a western and a thriller, between a film noir and a black comedy..."
Michael is on his way to Wyoming in a vintage Cadillac, where he's been promised a good steady job. But before reaching his destination, he finds himself in the town of Red Rock, where he's mistaken for a hired assassin by Wayne, a bartender plotting to kill his wife. Wayne flaunts a lucrative offer in Michael's face, which the down-and-out Michael can't resist; he accepts the money and goes along with the plan. Michael meets Wayne's wife face-to-face, but when she doubles the original offer, Michael leaves town. Just to be on the safe side, however, he leaves the sheriff a note explaining everything. On the road again, he crashes into another motorist. When the police arrive, Michael discovers Wayne is the local sheriff. Before it's all over, he's got to clear his name, come up with the money, and get out of Red Rock, which is a lot harder than it sounds. John Dahl's noir black comedy is an absolute joy to watch.
A man desperate for a job accepts an offer only to find he has been mistaken for a hit man by a murderous husband. When he tries to warn the unsuspecting wife, the real hit man arrives and he finds himself in much deeper trouble than he wanted. An effective neo-noir thriller.