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Gunshy -- Jake Bridges (William Peterson) is a washed-up writer befriended by Atlantic City enforcer Frankie McGregor (Michael Wincott). They make a deal of sorts: Frankie teaches Jake about life on the streets and Jake walks Frankie through great literature.  But Jake finds himself falling in love with Frankie's girlfriend (Diane Lane), and she is slowly seduced by Jake's attentions as the three lives become increasingly intertwined in this extraordinary gangster film.
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William Petersen ... Jake Bridges

Michael Wincott ... Frankie McGregor

Diane Lane ... Melissa

Kevin Gage ... Ward

Michael Byrne ... Lange

R. Lee Ermey ... Jerry

Meat Loaf ... Lew Collins

Musetta Vander ... Grace

John Fleck ... Willis
Badja Djola ... Abel
Benjamin Lum ... Kwai
Natalie Canerday ... Jan

Eric Schaeffer ... Gwynne

Al Vicente ... Commando Leader
Jodi Verdu ... Tina
Michael L. Kavanagh ... Bartender
Jennie Vaughn ... Betty
Jim Hodge ... Bartender ('Erin Bar') (as Jim B. Hodge)
Jesse Dabson ... Bernard

Robert Madrid ... Tommy Hats

Cee Cee Michaela ... Nurse (as Cee-Cee Harshaw)
Thomas C. Bright ... Plimpton
John Rayner ... Maitre D'
Ken Wright ... Assistant D.A.

Tera Hendrickson ... Jenny
Ray Bickel ... Security Guard Harry
James Staszkiel ... Wilmer
Stephen Ingle ... Delivery Boy
Richard Zavaglia ... Officer H. Pagliaro

Christopher Wiehl ... Tim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jeff Celentano ... Buddy (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeff Celentano 
Writing credits
Larry Gross (written by)

Produced by
Larry Gross .... producer
Jim Hodge .... executive producer (as Jim B. Hodge)
Whitney R. Hunter .... co-producer
Jeffrey F. January .... associate producer (as Jeff January)
Neal Stevens .... producer
Peter Wetherell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Hal Lindes 
Cinematography by
John B. Aronson  (as John Aronson)
Film Editing by
Andy Horvitch 
Casting by
Linda Phillips-Palo  (as Linda Phillips Palo)
Production Design by
Randal P. Earnest 
Art Direction by
David Fitzpatrick 
Set Decoration by
Claire Kaufman 
Costume Design by
Susanna Puisto 
Makeup Department
Pamela Roth .... hair stylist
Pamela Roth .... makeup artist
Jill Von Gortler .... assistant hair stylist
Jill Von Gortler .... assistant makeup artist
Candy L. Walken .... hair stylist: Diane Lane
Mary A. Williams .... key hair stylist
Mary A. Williams .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Maureen P. Mottley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rob Corlew .... second assistant director (as Robert Corlew)
Alfie Kiernan .... second second assistant director
Michael Phillips .... first assistant director (as Michael L. Phillips Jr.)
Julia Davis .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Jeffrey F. January .... assistant director: Atlantic City (uncredited)
Art Department
Paul Anderson .... construction coordinator
Michael Brogan .... lead man
Nick Caivano .... carpenter
Howard Chelder .... set dresser: Atlantic City
Shana Dambrot .... art department intern
Sarah Fox .... set dresser
Andrew Gray .... scenic artist
Lindsay Hudson .... scenic artist
Kevin Hunter .... swing gang
Lisa L. Hyde .... on-set dresser (as Lisa Hyde)
Gareth Alexander Kantner .... construction coordinator
Jon Klein .... swing gang (as Jon D. Klein)
Cliff Lane .... property master
Felicia Linsky .... assistant property master
Martin Lockamy .... carpenter (as Martin 'Scott' Lockamy)
Kyla MacTaggart .... scenic artist
Shane McKinney .... swing gang
Doreen Parker .... scenic artist
Stephen Pietropaolo .... swing gang
David Rohring .... carpenter
Trevor A. Rudolph .... set dresser
Peter Saltsman .... swing gang
Kia Steave-Dickerson .... set decorator: Atlantic City
Edward Tamayo .... carpenter
Patrick J. Trowbridge .... set dresser: Atlantic City
John 'Ziggy' Viens .... lead carpenter
Jim Wanchalk .... assistant set dresser: Atlantic City (as James S. Wanchalk)
John B. Josselyn .... trade show art director (uncredited)
Robert Piser .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Beau Biggart .... adr recordist
Gary Boatner .... boom operator
Stan Bush .... sound effects editor
Ed Carr .... sound re-recording mixer (as Edward C. Carr III)
Marty Church .... adr recordist (as Martin Church)
Rey Dava .... adr recordist
Ron Harris .... adr recordist
Cindy Jo Hinkleman .... assistant dialogue editor
Lee Howell .... sound mixer
Chris Kellet .... boom operator: Atlantic City (as Chris Kellett)
James P. Lay .... adr supervisor (as James Lay)
James P. Lay .... supervising sound editor (as James Lay)
Doug Madick .... foley artist
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Dennis Patterson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Sawyer .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Melissa Sewell .... sound effects editor (as Melissa Sewall)
Brian Smith .... foley supervisor
Skip Williams .... foley editor
Lance Wiseman .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Paul Staples .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Pat O'Neill .... opticals
Ed Anders .... stunts
Ray Bickel .... stunts
Gregg Brazzel .... stunts
Brent Burditt .... stunts
George B. Colucci Jr. .... stunts (as George Colucci)
BJ Davis .... stunt coordinator (as B.J. Davis)
Christopher Doyle .... stunts (as Chris Doyle)
Tom Harper .... stunts
Jon Paul Jones .... stunts
Melvin Jones .... stunts
Dennis Keiffer .... stunts
Scott Leva .... stunts
Rick Lofton .... stunts
Chuck Madalone .... stunts
John Moio .... stunts
Marty Pistone .... stunts
Patrick Robison .... stunts
Chad Rose .... stunts
Spice Williams-Crosby .... stunts (as Spice Williams)
Camera and Electrical Department
Roman W. Bennett .... electrician (as Roman Bennett)
Jesse Benson .... electrician
Laura Mae Bobick .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Daniel C. Cook .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Atlantic City
Glenn Davis .... electrician: Atlantic City
Gilbert Elam .... grip
John J. Ellingwood .... Steadicam operator (as John Ellingwood)
Mathias Fain .... grip (as Matthias M. Fain)
Michael Giunta .... generator operator: Atlantic City (as Michael Guinta)
Owen Hablutzel .... grip
Daniel R. Haizlip .... rigging grip
Darryl 'Sparky' Herzon .... gaffer
Tommy Hubbard .... best boy electric
Conrad Hunziker III .... second assistant camera
Ron P. Jaffe .... still photographer (as Ron Jaffe)
Michael Dean Kiesling .... best boy grip
Michael Dean Kiesling .... dolly grip
Mark Ludwig .... camera operator: second unit
James 'Otis' Mayfield .... camera loader: Atlantic City (as Jim 'Otis' Mayfield)
Pat McCartney .... swing: Atlantic City (as Patrick McCartney)
Terry Meadows .... electrician
Jody Miller .... Steadicam assistant
Richard A. Mitchell .... grip: Atlantic City (as Rick Mitchell)
John T. Page .... rigging electrician
Stephen H. Pillstick .... electrician
Andre Ramirez .... rigging grip
Abad Rosa .... Steadicam operator: Atlantic City
Lewis Sadler .... grip
Shereen Saleh .... first assistant camera
Joshua Salzman .... camera loader
Sidney Sidell .... camera operator: second unit (as Jerry Sidell)
Edward A. Smith .... electrician: Atlantic City (as Edward Smith)
M.R. Smith .... key grip
Kurt E. Soderling .... aerial camera operator: Atlantic City
Darcy Spires .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Mike Stockton .... rigging electrician
John R. Sutton .... best boy grip: Atlantic City (as John R. Sutton II)
David Swift .... grip: Atlantic City
Christopher Taylor .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Marc F. Zarych .... grip: Atlantic City
Andrew Bikichky .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Eric Scott .... director of photography: additional unit (uncredited)
Kurt E. Soderling .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kimberly Johnson .... assistant costume designer
Beverley Woods .... wardrobe supervisor (as Beverly Woods)
Ellen Falguiere .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Ian Crafford .... additional editor
Douglas Crise .... assistant editor (as Doug Crise)
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer
Gerald B. Greenberg .... additional editor (as Jerry Greenberg)
Bryan M. Horne .... additional editor
Maysie Hoy .... additional editor
Norman R. Walker .... apprentice editor (as Norman Walker)
Music Department
Billy Gottlieb .... music supervisor
Sam Kaufmann .... music editor
Earl Rose .... composer: additional music
Paolo Rustichelli .... composer: additional music
Paolo Rustichelli .... composer: main title score
Paolo Rustichelli .... musician
Transportation Department
Gene Alford .... driver (as P.E. Gene Alford)
John W. Barbee .... transportation coordinator
Shawn Clyde .... driver: Atlantic City
Ralph 'Brad' Draper .... driver: honeywagon
Christian G. Ervin .... driver
Darren Giarrusso .... driver: insert car (as Darren Giarusso)
Gene Hubert .... driver
Christian G. Johnston .... driver
Knut Kielpinski .... driver
Harry J. Leavey .... driver: Atlantic City (as Harry Leavey)
James Leavey .... transportation captain: Atlantic City (as James F. Leavey)
Pat McCartney .... driver: Atlantic City (as Patrick McCartney)
Patrick Robison .... transportation captain
Ron Rookstool Jr. .... driver: Atlantic City (as Ronald J. Rookstool Jr.)
John Rowland .... driver: Atlantic City (as John F. Rowland)
Carlos M. Serrano .... driver (as Carlos Serrano)
Thomas Taimanglo .... driver: Atlantic City
Jack Verseput .... driver: Atlantic City
Mike Volpe .... driver: honeywagon
Barry J. White .... driver
Laurie Dee Whitman .... driver
Fran Willett .... driver: Atlantic City
Raymond Williams .... driver: Atlantic City
Other crew
Andrew Atkinson .... office intern
Marina Bailey .... unit publicist
Manuel Castillo .... chef
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot: Atlantic City
Jonathan Chaifetz .... production assistant: Atlantic City
Carlos Chavira .... assistant chef
Diane Cornell .... production accountant
Scott Currie .... production consultant: Atlantic City
Chris D'Angelo .... craft service
Paul O. Davis .... production assistant (as Paul Davis)
Marc Diener .... legal services
Maureen Duffy .... completion guarantor
Eric Fitzgerald .... title designer
Nancy A. Flint .... studio teacher
Jonathan Fountain .... assistant accountant
Jamie Nicholette Frey .... production assistant: Atlantic City (as Jamie N. Frey)
Kent Hamilton .... insurance
David Hutkin .... banking services
Brian Jordan .... production assistant: Atlantic City
Jennifer Leacey .... production secretary (as Jennifer T. Lacey)
Patricia Leahy .... stand-in: Ms. Lane
Marc B. Lome .... production assistant
Derrick Loris .... production coordinator: Atlantic City
Robert Madrid .... story consultant
Tracy Marshak-Nash .... production coordinator (as Tracy Marshak)
Michael McBrien .... production assistant: Atlantic City (as Michael J. McBrien)
Taman McCall .... location manager
Kim Meade .... production associate
Gerald Michaelson .... medic (as Dr. Gerald Michaelson)
Jora Nelstein .... production secretary
Robert L. Oppenheim .... legal services
Randal Pastor .... location assistant
Paula Schmit .... completion guarantor
Jim Schreiber .... legal services
Benjamin Scissors .... production assistant
Anthony J. Sortino .... production assistant: Atlantic City
Maureen Tenenbaum .... script supervisor
Matthew Thomson Koren .... production assistant
Mic Tomasi .... stand-in: Mr. Wincott (as Mick Thomason)
Luke Valerio .... stand-in: Mr. Peterson
Andy Walker .... craft service: Atlantic City (as Andy 'Crafty' Walker)
Jamie Nicholette Frey .... assistant production coordinator: Atlantic City (uncredited)
Cindy Hochman .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Nicholas Wilde .... stand-in: Mr. Peterson (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Jake Bridges:[narrating] I always wanted to be close to dangerous guys. Even wanted to be a dangerous guy. Truth is, didn't know what I wanted.
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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Worth watching despite flaws, 3 October 2003
Author: LilyDaleLady from Anywheresville, USA

Most of the other comments here are right on the money so I will try not to repeat them. Michael Wincott's performance here is the chief reason to rent or buy this low budget indie flick -- he's amazing in what apparently is his only full length role after years of doing small supporting parts mostly playing psycho serial killers. Here he is very moving in a complex role as a soft-hearted Mafia wiseguy with a penchant for saving people. It's a neat idea that takes your initial stereotyped reaction to his appearance and deep gravelly voice -- that he is going to be yet another psychotic killer -- and spins it in the other direction. By the end of the movie, it's his character you are concerned about and not the "hero". While the film is otherwise pretty forgettable, I couldn't get this performance out of my mind after seeing it this summer. Prior to this, I had never noticed this actor before (but then I had never seen The Crow or any of his other notable films).

Unfortunately, the film is otherwise badly flawed, suffering from a genuinely awful script fillled with lines that are absolute howlers, corny situations and the other leads (William Petersen of CSI and Diane Lane from Unfaithful) are just unbelievably bad in this. They are otherwise respected performers, so I am not sure if the bad script or bad direction threw them off or what. Petersen in particular is actually embarrassing. He is very badly miscast, at least a decade too old for the character of Jake (the down and out writer) and his performance is full of annoying mannerisms. He makes us dislike Jake, who is the protagonist and narrator, and that throws the whole dramatic structure of the film off-kilter. Diane Lane is so affectless and flat that she is barely engaged with the story at all. (Needless to say, when either of them has a scene with Wincott, they are simply blown off the screen by his intensity and professionalism.)

The script feels like it was written by a Hollywood type who has never himself A.) visited Atlantic City or even the east coast, and B.) never known anyone in the "underworld". But who is definitely a "writer" and has a sentimental and glamourized vision of how important THAT is. For example, the idea that a woman would automatically find an unemployed writer more attractive and stable than her wiseguy boyfriend, i.e., that it would be NO CONTEST and she would immediately cheat on the boyfriend. No one I know of holds unemployed writers in this kind of esteem (with good reason). I might add that there is NO particular reason to believe that a writer would make any more money, or offer a woman any more opportunities, or even be more trustworthy, than a wiseguy either.

Another good laugh and complete absence from reality is the idea that a nurse (Diane Lane) RN in a hospital...would be poor and uneducated and without any chances in life. The reality: RNs have to have 4 yr college degrees, it's a serious and meaningful profession. RNs earn at least $45,000 right out school, more with experience, and the long nationwide nursing shortage means they can pretty much pick and choose working anywhere they WANT. I might add, no nurse I have ever known goes to work with her uniform unbuttoned down to "there" and wearing HIGH HEELS. It would have worked way better for the script if Ms. Lane's character were a part-time waitress or casino worker.

The absolute worst and most embarassing part of the movie is the idea that Frankie (Wincott) wants Jake (Petersen) to educate him about literature...starting with Melville's Moby Dick. It's an unfortunate choice of'd think the screenwriter would have chosen a book that somehow relates to the story or characters (another reviewer here mentions Dicken's Tale of Two Cities, which would have worked much better). Why does Frankie want or need this anyhow?

Doesn't Atlantic City have a public library? Hasn't he heard of bookstores, the Internet, or Cliff's Notes? At any rate, the characters never progress beyond Moby Dick, kind of like being stuck in the first week of freshman literature in the Twilight Zone. Worst of all, re-reading the book with Frankie compells Jake to SING a sea chanty, probably the most grating moment in the film.

At the time this film was made (1998), all three actors were pretty much minor leaguers despite long resumes. Today (2003) Petersen has the lead in the No.1 TV series CSI, and Diane Lane is a major film star with an Academy Award nomination for Unfaithful and new film Under the Tuscan Sun...while Michael Wincott is still basically doing cameos as psycho killers. If this isn't total injustice, than I don't know what is. Anyways, rent this video for his performance and fast forward through the bad parts.

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