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The Way of the Gun (2000)

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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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Jeffers
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Dr. Allen Painter
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Hale Chidduck
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Francesca Chidduck
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Henry Griffin ...
P. Whipped
Armando Guerrero ...
Federale #1 (as Mando Guerrero)
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Federale #2
Jan Hanks ...
Receptionist (as Jan Jensen)
José Pérez ...
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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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Release Date:

8 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Sangue Frio  »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$6,047,856 (USA) (20 October 2000)
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Trivia

The violence was scaled back because the MPAA threatened the film with the NC-17 rating. See more »

Goofs

During a chase, a red car is seen between Parker and Longbaugh's vehicle and Jeffers and Obecks' vehicle. After we see Parker and Longbaugh's vehicle turn down an alley the red car disappears. See more »

Quotes

Longbaugh: I've been watching them pile up. Nightstick, flashlight, bulletproof vest.
Joe Sarno: Fuckin' utility belts, right?
Longbaugh: Fuckin' sign on his head reading "Why Bother?"
Joe Sarno: Hey, they love to say shit like "ascertain".
Longbaugh: "Surveillance."
Joe Sarno: "Affirmative."
Longbaugh: "I need backup."
Joe Sarno: "Adjudicate."
Longbaugh: "Adjudicate"?
Joe Sarno: Yeah, well...
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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 The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »

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Written & Performed by Joe Kraemer
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Ode to Peckinpaugh -neo-noir pulp fiction
28 April 2004 | by (fairview, nj) – See all my reviews

THE WAY OF THE GUN (2000) ***1/2 Ryan Phillippe, Benicio del Toro, Juliette Lewis, James Caan, Taye Diggs, Nicky Katt, Scott Wilson, Kristin Lehmann, Geoffrey Lewis, Sarah Silverman.

Christopher McQuarrie makes his directing debut in a big way with an obvious nod to Sam Peckinpaugh with his screenplay about two ne'er do well criminals (Phillippe and del Toro, both exemplary) who decide to make a mark for themselves by kidnapping a very pregnant surrogate mother (Lewis) to a wealthy businessman (Wilson) that eventually pans out to be a big mistake in a tangled web involving the woman's bodyguards (Diggs and Katt) and the bagman friend of the rich man (Caan in one fine, low-key performance of nuanced dread). More than enough rich dialogue and pinpoint camera angle set ups to go around with some live wire moments of unexpected turnarounds, double crosses and shoot outs may be the film's only fault in being an excess of too much of a good thing. A roundelette of pulp fiction best served by its exciting cast (as a side note, del Toro reminded me for some reason as a young Robert Mitchum in some scenes; go figure) and a filmmaker to watch.


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