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American Gun

  • Drama
  • 2002
  • Alan Jacobs
  • 85 mins
  • 15

Summary

Sober murder mystery drama starring James Coburn in his last film. A grieving father has to deal with his own experiences of violence, while tracing the history of the weapon responsible for killing his daughter.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

James Coburn, in his final film, gives this murder-mystery drama more than it deserves. It's a steely investigation into the nature of violent crime in the United States, with Coburn as the father who decides to trace the history of the .357 Magnum that killed his daughter (Virginia Madsen) on the streets of his Vermont home. Some of the encounters feel contrived, but the monochrome flashbacks to Coburn's encounters with guns during his childhood and in the Second World War are evocatively staged. Perhaps surprisingly, members of the National Rifle Association advised writer/director Alan Jacobs during the making of the movie. But, having been so careful to retain a sense of perspective, Jacobs opts for a twist ending that clumsily undermines much of his good work.

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Credits

Cast

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MartinJames Coburn
AnneBarbara Bain
PennyVirginia Madsen
MiaAlexandra Holden
Young MartinRyan Locke
MikeJason Winther
Young AnneNiesha Trout
J BWalter Jones
KyleAnthony Harrell
Jewel Andrea C Pearson

Crew

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DirectorAlan Jacobs

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
Edited for language, violence, drug abuse and a sex scene.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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