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The Rubber Gun (1977)

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A communal drug family begins to dissolve from within while a University student watches and records it all.

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Steve
Pierre Robert ...
Pierre
Peter Brawley ...
Peter
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Bozo
Pam Holmes ...
Pam
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pietro Bertolissi ...
Cop
Bill Booth ...
The Professor
Terrance P. Coady ...
Cop (as Terry Coady)
Steve Crawford ...
Cop
Alain Dumont-Frenette ...
Cop
Lily Glidden ...
The Family (as Lilly Glidden)
Pam Marchant ...
The Family
Joe Mattia ...
The Bad Cop
Martin McDonald ...
Cop
Armand Monroe ...
The Nightclub M.C.
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Steve is the witty and energetic leader/guru of a quasi-family of artists-turned-drug addicts living together in a commune in Montreal. Bozo is a shy and naive McGill University sociology student who infiltrates the group, his motive being that he's writing his thesis on drug culture and is fascinated by Steve and his family. Bozo is very professional about his approach, but Steve regards him with bemused contempt. What Bozo observes is a group threatened from within and without. Steve is having doubts about his position as leader and Pierre and Peter have turned from cocaine to heroin. On top of that, a large cache of drugs is sitting in a locker at the Montreal Windsor Station, and the family are looking to retrieve it to make them rich and happy again. The problem is that the Police have surrounded the building and are closely watching it all times. Under this pressure Steve decides to back away, to the dismay of the rest of the group and Peter and Pierre decide amongst themselves ... Written by pr1mal_1

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30 November 1978 (Netherlands)  »

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CAD 90,000 (estimated)
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Intriguing Canadian movie, worth seeing again
23 January 2005 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Our "CanCon" (Canadian content) legislation can be both a blessing and a curse. Because 30% of our TV waves have to have homegrown content, a lot of stations fill lazy afternoons with Canadian movies to honour that. In some cases, it isn't very flattering, because any more they often show the same mediocre stuff again and again. However, one station squeezed in RUBBER GUN about 12 years ago. Typically, I haven't seen it on air since- this is a shame because I remember it being a rather remarkable little movie.

Before Allan Moyle went to Hollywood to make movies about counter-cultural lifestyles (TIMES SQUARE, PUMP UP THE VOLUME), he made this fascinating, gritty ensemble piece about drug users in Montreal. Now, since mainstream cinema had had its fill of movies about addiction in the 10 years prior, this one may be a case of too little too late.

People who remember Stephen Lack's rather unappealing performance in SCANNERS may be interested to see his animated portrayal of a gonzo character. But RUBBER GUN is however unique for it is the rare film (or at least among the first) that shows drug addiction as seen through the eyes of children. Even though these substance abusers have grown up and have children of their own, their habits inevitably affect the family unit.

I'd love to see this picture again; are you listening, Bravo?


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