The Way of the Gun (2000)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Allen Painter
Hale Chidduck
Francesca Chidduck
Henry Griffin ...
P. Whipped
Armando Guerrero ...
Federale #1 (as Mando Guerrero)
Federale #2
Jan Hanks ...
Receptionist (as Jan Jensen)
José Pérez ...
(as Jose Perez)


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 <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sangue Frio  »

Box Office


$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,150,979 (USA) (8 September 2000)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The main characters meticulously adhere to "trigger discipline" when handling their weapons: the only time their fingers are actually on the trigger is when they are willing to shoot somebody. See more »


After Francesca pushes Jeffers away, her leg is exposed in the medium shot and covered by her robe in the following longer shot. See more »


Parker: It's not what you say anymore. It's how you say it.
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Crazy Credits

Towards the end of the credits: For Arly Thomsen you speak the truth Arly was the Key Grip for this and many other films. See more »


References Serpico (1973) See more »


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User Reviews

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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