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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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Benicio Del Toro coached Nicky Katt in his Spanish dialogue scenes. See more »


The blood on Dr. Painter's face as Mr. Chidduck holds him to the wall. See more »


Parker: Need is the ultimate monkey.
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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 »


References Papillon (1973) See more »


Written & Performed by Daniel Indart
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No Heroes
15 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title itself is based on the samurai code Way of the Sword. You live by the gun/sword, you die by the gun/sword. Phillipe and Del Toro's characters are reminiscent of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Wild Bunch, and The Man with No Name. The two say so much without ever talking. Their facial expressions and personal ticks speak louder than words ever could. In a world with seemingly no law, these two men get in way over their heads when they kidnapp the wrong surrogate mother. She just happens to be the surrogate mother to one of the richest men with the most mob contacts. Violence and mystery ensue as we see there are no heroes. The grand finale is a shoot-out that ruvals that of The Wild Bunch.

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