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It's a shame that Gun went off the air after only half a season on ABC. Every episode had different stars every week, since the only recurring character (object) was a nickel-plated pistol that changed hands every episode. Actually, I only remember watching three or so of the episodes, but the show starring Daniel Stern is one of my favorite TV episodes ever. Even though that episode was lightly based on a popular short story (I won't say which), there is no way that you'll ever see the ending coming. Gun was never really given a fair shot at being a series since it debuted mid-season and never gained much momentum (much like a great show I remember from roughly the same time on CBS titled Easy Streets). U2 performs the title song.
The show was exceptional, with unpredictable endings and a different story
each time. I wish they would combine all the episodes into a movie.
I don't know whether this show was the inspiration for a similar series taking place in the old west called 'Dead Man's Gun'. Again, the only thing that remained stable was the cursed weapon.
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I vaguely recall this series, and when it came out....I was interested
to see if it would be like a movie I had seen many years before, with
nearly the same title. At the time--I only had my distant memories of
the movie, as NO ONE else seemed to even know of it's existence. But I
recalled that the movie, called "the gun", was about a handgun, and it
followed the gun from it's manufacture, sale and then through the
various hands it passed, and what then transpired . I recalled that the
gun was used in a robbery, for a protection device, and that near the
end, it ended up being fed into a shredder with many other guns and
such....but THIS gun survived. It would not be for several years later
that I would actually SEE this movie, somehow finding a copy on Ebay
some years ago--to find that my nearly 20 year old memories of the
movie were pretty much right on--other than having forgot a couple of
things....including the ending, where the scrap worker finds that gun
intact, in the shredded materials, takes it home to use for
protection--where it gets found by his young child, who thinks it is a
Well...when I watched the series called "gun" in 1997, it WAS a lot like that movie--but not NEARLY as good. I saw a few episodes--and lost interest. There was just too much "cheese" in the show, such as the guy who thought he was the "man with no name" after watching Clint Eastwood movies. And I recall a guy, maybe Daniel Stern getting "tempted" by Kathy Ireland or such--to cheat on his wife, IIRC.
All in all--a forgettable series. Find a copy of the 1974 movie with nearly the same name--SOMEHOW--and you will like it a LOT better!!
This film contains two almost totally unrelated vignettes connected by a
common gun. A terrorist is apprehended in an airport, but before he is
caught, he throws away a handgun that was previously used in an
assassination. After he is released, he obsessively seeks out the gun,
which has by now been found and sold to Walter (James Gandolfini), a
security guard who takes it home to his wife (Rosanna Arquette) to protect
herself when he is on the night shift. After various events (which I will
refrain from spoiling), the gun ends up in a pawnshop. From there, it
its way to the next vignette.
It next belongs to the president of a country club in the Deep South. When he is bitten by a rattlesnake while on the golf course and dies, the gun is lost in the tall grass. The new president (Randy Quaid) is a philanderer who is fooling around with numerous women (Jennifer Tilly, Sean Young, Sally Kellerman, et al). His wife (Daryl Hannah) seems oblivious to all this and contents herself by cooking the favorite recipes of dead presidents. Suddenly, pieces of the gun are being received in packages addressed to all the president's lovers leading to his wife's discovery of his indicretions.
The first story is a well-crafted drama that draws the viewer in with two storylines, one following the terrorist and the other following Walter's wife Lily. The second vignette is a short story by Robert Altman, which is an imbecilic farce. It is not clear how these two short films were pasted together. I can only guess that the first story was not commercially viable due to its short length.
The acting in the first vignette was excellent. Gandolfini does his NYC working class shtick to perfection, strutting his corpulent Italian stuff around the set like a bloated stallion. Rosanna Arquette is equally good, playing the bored NYC housewife to the hilt and delivering a surprisingly accurate performance including an excellent New York accent.
The second vignette had a good deal of recognizable talent, but nothing even remotely intelligent for them to say or do. The dialogue and story were so bad that it is hard to understand why these veteran actors would want to be associated with the project. Maybe Altman had some kind of damaging evidence against them. To their credit, Randy Quaid and Jennifer Tilly made the best of a bad situation and delivered a couple of comical moments amid the mindlessness.
In rating this film, I had to split the rating in two. The drama I rated an 8/10 and the comedy a 2/10. Therefore, the average would be a 5/10. It is worth seeing the first one, but if you dare to continue, turn off your VCR/DVD and drink a six-pack. That is the only way second vignette is tolerable.
This series is currently being rerun on the Trio network as part of their "Brilliant, but Cancelled" theme. I have no idea on what planet this series is considered "brilliant", but it was most definitely "cancelled". They are running a show on this theme, plus their show "Perfect Pitch" which attempts to describe the best way to pitch a new series and have it be made into a pilot. I'm guessing that "Gun" connects to this theme in that it had the perfect pitch -- "It's 'Twilight Zone' meets 'The Outer Limits' -- but wait, they are all linked by the same gun!" I've seen this theme so many times, most notably in that movie (whose name escapes me) where they follow the same twenty dollar bill around to different owners. The links to that twenty dollar bill were much more plausible than the links to this gun. I would only recommend watching this show if a) you are bored or b) you happen to like one of the guest stars, of which there are plenty. The episode with Kirsten Dunst and Carrie Fisher was my favorite, but I probably could have found better use of an hour of my time.
I found the anthology rather interesting. I noticed on the cast listing for Ricohet, Episode 5 on the Tango Entertainment, Inc. release there was a query whether Kris Park aka Christopher Elsewhere was in any episode. He looked to me that he might be one of two people. He is either the one who steals the gun or is the one running from the place where Super Lotto tickets are sold and a having a gun fly from his hand as he is shot. I did notice the same handgun in two places. In the person's waistband before his partner that is driving the car backs away from the store on noticing the detectives and later when the gent runs out of the store. Are they the same person?
this is without doubt the biggest pile of crap i have ever seen. i bought this on DVD on the strength of it being produced by Robert altman and starring such an impressive bunch of actors.i figured it much at the very least be watchable. but i was wrong, the writing was the biggest insult to my intelligence but the direction and even the acting were just as laughable. how anyone can say this series was innovative escapes me. there is no explanation of how the gun ends up in its different locations and with no obvious passage of time to allow the viewer to perhaps fill in the blanks. add to that the ridiculous plot of each story and this entire series was nothing but frustrating. using the dvds for coasters would be too good for this abomination.
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