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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
Alejandro Springall ...
Carlos, Dr. Fuentes' Son
Maricruz Nájera ...
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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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Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

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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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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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »


Cumbia de Menor
Written by Raphael Coides
Performed by Lito Barrientos y Su Orquestra
Courtesy of Disco Fuentes Ltd.
By Arrangement with Vedisco Records
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A real shame no one saw it
22 September 2003 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

Men with Guns is one of the finest films of the genre. It has legs- really stays with you, for years. The priest's story alone is brilliant filmmaking. I've been a great fan of John Sayles' work for many years, but I think this is both his most original and generally best work. The shame is that no one seems to have seen this film. I saw it 3X in theatres and there were never more than 5 people in the audience. MWG doesn't appeal to the short- attention-spaned sex-and-violence cravers. The history of 30 years of terrible civil war as close as Guatemala is something our children remain ignorant about. This incredible film puts that war into unique perspective. Sayles didn't seem to care if too many people saw it or not- subtitles alone guarantee a fringe audience confined to a few art houses. The film is not perfect- editing could be a little better; but what a story! The opening and closing scenes really work for me. I hope everyone reading these comments will go out and rent Men with Guns ASAP. Sayles at his best.

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