Western ‘Dead for a Dollar’ moseys into Santa Fe

Willem Dafoe, Rachel Brosnahan and Christoph Waltz will star in the Western, “Dead for a Dollar.” (Associated Press)

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Acclaimed director Walter Hill, known for his action films and revival of the Western genre, is at the helm of a new production in these here parts: “Dead for a Dollar.”

Being shot in Santa Fe through August, the cast features A-list actors Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe and Rachel Brosnahan.

Hill also wrote the script for the film that is set in the New Mexico Territory and Chihuahua in 1897.

Director Walter Hill

It follows Max Borlund – played by Waltz – who is a famed bounty hunter hired to find and return Rachel Price. She’s the wife of Nathan Price, a successful Santa Fe businessman, and has been kidnapped for ransom. Borlund travels to Mexico and runs into Joe Cribbens – Dafoe’s character – who is his sworn enemy. Borlund finds out Rachel has fled from her abusive husband and is faced with the decision of leaving her or returning her to Santa Fe.

“It’s exciting to have Western genre legend Walter Hill in New Mexico with an incredible cast and crew to shoot ‘Dead for a Dollar,’ ” state Film Office Director Amber Dodson said.

bright spotThe production will employ about 80 New Mexico crew members and 60 principal cast members, background and extras from the state, the office said.

The film is being produced by Berry Meyerowitz, Neil Dunn, Carolyn McMaster, Kirk D’Amico and Jeremy Wall. Executive producers are Jeff Sackman, Larry Greenberg, Waltz, Lawrence Mortorff and Alex Habrich.

“Walter Hill is an important figure in American movie history and he returns to his most potent genre – the Western,” the producers said in a release. “We are thrilled to shoot in the No. 1 western location in the world – New Mexico.”

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