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Dr. Fuentes
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Domingo, the Soldier
Dan Rivera González ...
Conejo, the Boy
Tania Cruz ...
Graciela, the Mute Girl
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Padre Portillo, the Priest
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Andrew
Kathryn Grody ...
Harriet
Iguandili López ...
Mother
Nandi Luna Ramírez ...
Daughter
Rafael de Quevedo ...
General
Carmen Madrid ...
Angela, Dr. Fuentes' Daughter
Esteban Soberanes ...
Raúl, Angela's Fiancé
Alejandro Springall ...
Carlos, Dr. Fuentes' Son
Maricruz Nájera ...
Rich Lady
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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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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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

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$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 »

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Barber's Client: Nobody refuses the men with guns.
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Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999) See more »

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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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The Best Film of 1998
9 March 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Barely edging out "The Spanish Prisoner" as the best film of 1998, "Men With Guns" offers quiet genius and delight for those willing to go beyond the mainstream. Although overlooked by most viewers John Sayles has basically incorporated the elemental characters of "The Wizard of Oz" and placed the dreams and desires of idealists in the cruel setting of the real world, where ever that might be. The setting of an unidentified Latin American country shows that things such as the atrocities performed by the men with guns can happen anywhere - in a developed Latin American nation or in the United States of America.

John Sayles, America's most prolific director, holds in his visions more insight into the complex workings of humanity than most other directors present in an abundance of visual effects and in-your-face techniques. AMPAS has yet again failed to recognize genuine substance but hopefully this film, another in a long line of accomplishments that presents wondrous film making and excellent storytelling, will not be forgotten.


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