American Gun (2002)

R  |   |  Drama  |  13 June 2002 (USA)
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When his daughter is shot just before Christmas, Martin Tillman journeys across the U.S. using the gun's serial number to track down the truth behind Penny's killing.



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J.B. (as Walter Emauel Jones)
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A father who embarks on a nationwide journey to trace the line of ownership of the gun that killed his daughter. Starting with the gun factory, Martin travels to gun stores, trade shows, and individuals, also searching for his runaway granddaughter. Written by Conrad Gangone

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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13 June 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amerikai pisztoly  »

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Paula O'Hara (Jasmine) was the real-life wife of 'James Coburn' (Martin Tillman). See more »


While Coburn is reading the newspaper obituary of the gun maker's daughter at the American Gun factory, the date is shown as Thursday, March 18, 1988. However, 18 March 1988, actually fell on a Friday, not on a Thursday. See more »


[first lines]
Young Martin: [narration] The first gun I ever held belonged to my grandfather. Grandpa said he fought alongside Teddy Roosevelt at San Juan Hill. But we never really believed him. Whatever it was he did there in Cuba, one thing is for sure, he brought home a service revolver. It was the most beautiful thing I ever saw.
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American Gun End Credits
Music by Anthony Marinelli
Lyrics by William Blake (from the poem "The Lamb")
Performed by the Piedmont Boys Choir
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
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A very good movie with a message and a surprising twist
7 April 2005 | by (Hesperia, California) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie for the first time a few days ago. I have been a James Coburn fan since I was a kid so seeing his name in the starring role made me want to check it out although I had never heard of this movie before. Apparently, it was his last movie and I was really pleased to see him finish his career with such a good role. This movie has a great message without being preachy and the twist in the story caught me completely by surprise and I love that sort of thing. I was pleasantly surprised to see Barbara Bain (another favorite of mine) playing his wife. It took me a minute to recognize her. I just wanted to add my comments on this movie because of the other review I saw here that dismissed it as something not very good. I would hate to see someone pass up a chance to see James Coburn's last movie because of some misguided comments by someone who thinks they are a critic. This is an interesting and informative movie and is well worth viewing especially if you are or were a Coburn fan.

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