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American Gun (2005)

R | | Drama | 22 March 2006 (USA)
Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.

Director:

Aric Avelino
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcia Gay Harden ... Janet Huttenson
Forest Whitaker ... Carter
Donald Sutherland ... Carl Wilk
Lisa Long ... Sandra Cohen
Chris Warren ... Marcus (as Chris Warren Jr.)
David Heymann ... Producer
Chris Marquette ... David Huttenson
Amanda Seyfried ... Mouse
Nikki Reed ... Tally
Joseph Kell ... Security Guard
Tony Goldwyn ... Frank
Rex Linn ... Earl
Kevin Phillips ... Reggie
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Felicia
Linda Cardellini ... Mary Ann Wilk
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Storyline

A series of interwoven story lines brings to light how the proliferation of guns in America dramatically influence and shape every day lives. A gun shop owner, an ace student, a single mother, and a school principal are among those profoundly affected. Written by Unit Publicist

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Taglines:

One nation under fire.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content and language | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pesadelo Americano See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,355, 26 March 2006

Gross USA:

$24,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,178
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Company Credits

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The central idea for the film came from an article in the L.A. Times. In addition, the writers were influenced by a friend, who related stories about how students from a Chicago school district brought guns to school, not to use them inside, but because of the dangerous neighborhoods they live in or walk through every day. See more »

Goofs

When David is drawing the tattoo on Tally's leg, she takes her glasses off and places them beside her. In the next cut her glasses are on, and in the next cut her glasses are off. See more »

Connections

References Dragon Ball Z (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

The Good Stuff
Written by Schuyler Fisk and Dave Bassett
Performed by Schuyler Fisk
Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises
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Potential material falls flat
26 August 2006 | by oneloveallSee all my reviews

Character study interweaves different American's particular situations dealing with guns, and although there are some heartfelt moments and subtle touches of authenticity, this movie generally wastes the majority of it's time trying to get viewers involved with characters that are inadequately portrayed, with direction that is competent at best. While there are moments of surprising observation and relevance, throughout the movie most of these character's barely make a register on the viewers emotions due to the detached approach the filmmaker choose, I suppose as an attempt to emulate realism and lend the film some depth. Unfortunately, this backfires, as Avelino simply does not have the ammunition suitable to deliver the riveting drama he attempts here. While a few of the stories retain slight interest, no doubt due to the sometimes worthwhile cast, at least half of the plot here veers off to a tangent that really has no substance in dealing with the topic at hand, or the characters underlying emotions. Sutherland's chapter in particular seemed like a total throwaway for this movie, and completely under-utilizes the actor's immense talent. All and all, this is not a terrible movie. It addresses at least a few painful gun related issues lingering around the American psyche, but unfortunately it addresses these issues in a completely flat and unengaging way.


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