Men with Guns (II) (1997)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama  |  27 March 1998 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Fuentes
Domingo, the Soldier
Dan Rivera González ...
Conejo, the Boy
Tania Cruz ...
Graciela, the Mute Girl
Padre Portillo, the Priest
Kathryn Grody ...
Iguandili López ...
Nandi Luna Ramírez ...
Rafael de Quevedo ...
Carmen Madrid ...
Angela, Dr. Fuentes' Daughter
Esteban Soberanes ...
Raúl, Angela's Fiancé
Carlos, Dr. Fuentes' Son
Maricruz Nájera ...
Rich Lady


Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages. His trip soon becomes a quest, politically awakening him when he finds out that one of his students was killed by the army. Written by Anonymous

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Adventure | Drama

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Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »


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27 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hombres armados  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,132 (USA) (6 March 1998)


$742,032 (USA) (24 April 1998)

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Did You Know?


John Sayles wrote his first draft in Spanish, the second in English and then polished it back into Spanish for his third draft. See more »


[Why the "Men with Guns" killed the people.]
Blind Woman: Because they had guns, and we didn't.
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References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »


Copla De La Muerte
Performed by Susana Baca
Courtesy of Del Fuego Y Del Agua
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Sad, Warm, and Beautiful
12 March 2002 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

I just fell upon this movie while watching the IFC channel and I hadn't been back from Guatemala for long. After living there amongst the natives I was able to get to know them better and understand their culture more. Seeing this film brought back a lot of those memories and reminded me of the many stories I heard of the army's genocidal tendencies towards the indigenous people of Guatemala. The cinematography for this film is simple, but it shows the beautiful landscapes and run down third world towns in a way to almost show us the same details that we would see if we were really there. We have to remember that the characters portrayed in this movie are very real, they may not have the same names, but they do exist. Even the war vets who have gone to levels so low we cannot even imagine. If you would like to understand what went on in Southern Mexico and Guatemala during the 80's, I would strongly recommend this film. It left a very strong impression on me.

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