A stranger rides into a small town carrying the corpse of a wanted man. Hoping to collect a reward, the mysterious outsider loses the dead man - and potential bounty money - in a gambling game with the town's drunken sheri... more »ff. Val Kilmer appears in perhaps the most unusual of all possible roles as the dead man himself.« less
"Apparently, you can't rate a movie zero stars. In light of this film, Amazon should reconsider that policy. In my nearly-50 years, I have watched tens of thousands of movies. And yet I can't think of one that stunk as badly as this picture. The makers of this film try to pass off as "artsy" a film that has no plot, asinine dialogue, thoroughly detestable characters and an unredeemed attraction to gore and ugliness. Val Kilmer should be shot for real for lending his name and photo to this picture. Comparisons to Eastwood's spaghetti westerns are ludicrous. Just poke yourself int the eye. You'll save a dollar and have essentially the same experience."
Effort to make a different western
R. Bagula | Lakeside, Ca United States | 06/18/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Val Kilmer plays the dead man: the bounty on the wrong man is to be paid for a drunken Sheriff and a bar maid, his Civil war bride. All sorrow and blood for bounty. A very black western that comes just short of an horror movie. More blood and severed heads than I would ever like to see again. We have no sympathy left for anyone by the happy ending. "
Dead Man's Bounty is not your typical western but has elemen
Richard J. Brzostek | New England, USA | 12/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dead Man's Bounty (originally called Summer Love) is an artistic Western by Polish director/writer/producer Piotr Uklanski. This movie has a lot of Polish actors but is spoken in English. Quite a few of the characters speak with accent, which might seem annoying to some (I had trouble understanding what the Sheriff was saying most of the time). The story can be summarized as the stranger brings a dead man into town expecting to collect the bounty for him. Instead of a reward, the town folks start trouble and a gunfight with the stranger, and then pursue him.
No one is called by name in this story. The Sheriff is played by Boguslaw Linda. Linda is one of Poland's most famous contemporary actors and has worked with Poland's most renowned directors including Andrzej Wajda, Andrzej Zulawski and Jerzy Kawalerowicz. Katarzyna Figura, one of Poland's most known actresses, plays the Woman. Czech actor Karel Roden plays the Stranger. Val Kilmer plays the Dead Man. Unquestionably, Kilmer plays an unusual role and probably one that isn't as easy as it sounds (try not breathing or blinking).
Dead Man's Bounty is not your typical western but has elements typical of westerns. It captures a bit of grossness - we are not spared in how dirty and bloody they get and can only be thankful that we can't smell them. The film is artistic in its presentation and if one took just about any single shot from the movie, it may even pass off as art in itself. Now I admit a few parts are weird and may be a turn off for some but this just may be the artistic side of the film.
This movie has the tagline of being "The First Polish Western." Although Dead Man's Bounty isn't spoken in Polish, I can agree with the tagline to some degree. A few years ago I made humorous list of statements called "you might be watching a Polish film if..." which had common things in Polish movies. Dead Man's Bounty, amazingly, has four out of four of them! I don't want to give away too much of the story so I will spare you the details on what they are. "
C. Jones | Woodbury | 06/10/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"2 hours of watching a corpse that's all that Kilmer does in this entire movie is lay on the ground. He doesn't utter one word through the whole movie..But, they got to put his name and face on the cover so it would sell my dog could have played this part just as well probably for a lot less money."
ARTISTIC SPAGHETTI WESTERN, AND WHO REALLY CARES ABOUT VAL?
C. Nevin | PLGHHT! | 05/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I know Val Kilmer is on the cover (didn't really need to be there), so I guess people were expecting something more mainstream.
1. This is not a bad Western. 2. You must like movies like "Ravenous", "The Proposition" and "Once upon a Time in the West". 3. It helps to see the artistic approach to this movie. 4. It is well directed. 5. The acting isn't the best but it's made to feel like those Spaghetti Westerns of the 60's. 6. A great movie that teeter's on deppression and grit. 7. Watch it, not for Val, but for the feel of it!!!