The "life" of a handgun is followed from its manufacture to its ultimate fate, and shows the effects the weapon has on its various owners.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Elliott ...
Art Hilliard
Jean Le Bouvier ...
Fran
Wallace Rooney ...
Howie
David Huffman ...
Wayne
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Natcho
Edith Diaz ...
Gloria
Felipe Turich ...
Señor Peralta
Valentin de Vargas ...
Frank (as Val DeVargas)
Ramon Bieri ...
Walt Kelsy
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Wilke
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Tom
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Braverman
Richard Bright ...
Gil Strauss
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Beryl Strauss
Randy Gray ...
Kenny
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The "life" of a handgun is followed from its manufacture to its ultimate fate, and shows the effects the weapon has on its various owners.

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13 November 1974 (USA)  »

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In a number of shots, the Smith and Wesson revolver used in this film is replaced with a fake prop gun that has a longer barrel and a differently shaped front sight. See more »

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Spun-off from Flesh and Fantasy (1943) See more »

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Possible inspiration for opening sequence in Lord of War
17 September 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I recall seeing this made-for-TV movie around 1974 when it was released and being very impressed by the cold, docudrama approach used. From what I remember, it is a powerful statement against the over-prevalence of gun use, without being preachy. From what I have read in reviews so far of the just-released Nicholas Cage film, Lord of War, the opening sequence of the Cage movie (which visually traces the history of a bullet from manufacture in the U.S. to its use executing a person in Africa) seems to have been inspired by the story technique used in The Gun from beginning to end. It's sometimes a little surprising what certain directors did earlier in their careers. I would not have associated John Badham with this movie.


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