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The Way of the Gun (2000)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  8 September 2000 (USA)
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Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.

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Dr. Allen Painter
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Hale Chidduck
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Francesca Chidduck
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P. Whipped
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Receptionist (as Jan Jensen)
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Storyline

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Rated R for strong violence/gore, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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8 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sangue Frio  »

Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£191,169 (UK) (17 November 2000)

Gross:

$324,922 (France) (15 December 2000)
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Trivia

The store clerk seen at the 7-11 truck stop (the one who shares a cigarette with Longbaugh) is the wife of the film's composer, Joe Kraemer. See more »

Goofs

In the sperm bank, Parker is sitting to the left of Longbaugh. The camera moves and when the same shot is shown a few seconds later Parker gets up from the right of Longbaugh. See more »

Quotes

Abner Mercer: She's... she's up there with them... with the doctor and the colored fella. Oh, Jesus. I'm sorry, Joe.
Joe Sarno: There's no, uh... need to be sorry, Abner.
Abner Mercer: I'm dyin'.
Joe Sarno: We'll get somebody right away.
Abner Mercer: No. It's not... not like I'm scared or anything.
Joe Sarno: Listen, Abner...
Abner Mercer: I'm dyin', Joe.
[Nods off for 20 seconds, appears to be dead]
Abner Mercer: . Remember that time, the time... that we... aw, jeez.
Joe Sarno: What time?
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Crazy Credits

Henry Griffin is listed as P. Whipped. He is the guy whose girlfriend is yelling at Parker and Longbaugh and ends up fighting them, thus he is "P[ussy] Whipped." See more »

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References Heat (1995) See more »

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How to Make a Margarita
Written & Performed by Joe Kraemer
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I thought it was great
30 January 2001 | by (Queens, New York) – See all my reviews

I can only comment negatively about one scene in the movie. I thought the movie was extremely effective in building up the intensity of certain scenes, however they used probably their most dramatic and climatic orchestra number for a scene where they simply dumped bags of money into a truck and drove off. My girlfriend and I stood confused as the music built up and built up, then finally climaxed. Didn't make a bit of sense to either of us.

With that said- I thought this movie was outstanding. Benicio Del Toro has this presence about him that radiates "coolness", and Ryan Phillippe did a remarkable job as well with his role. There were scenes in which hardly any dialogue was spoken, yet whole paragraphs were spoken through facial expressions. Thats a testament to the abilities of the actors right there. The double meaning of the game of hearts explanation was fascinating and fun to decipher.

Plots twists galore, not a single one of them predictable. The terminology was all new to me (i.e. bagman/dejudication I think it was...) and it made me feel like I was actually participating in the movie.

This is a thinkers movie, and some people may not be in the mood for that. The entirely creative car chase scenes and shoot out sequences are enough to satisfy the most mindless action fan, however.

This movie is just cool.


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