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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Coburn ... Martin Tillman

Virginia Madsen ... Penny Tillman

Barbara Bain ... Anne Tillman

Alexandra Holden ... Mia

Ryan Locke ... Young Martin
Niesha Trout ... Young Anne
Jesse Pennington ... Pastor
Jason Winther ... Mike

Alex Feldman ... McNee

Paula O'Hara ... Jasmine

Martin Kove ... Theodore Huntley

Walter Jones ... J.B. (as Walter Emauel Jones)
Andrea C. Pearson ... Jewel
Anthony Harrell ... Kyle
Toby Smith ... Valerie
Jerry Airola ... Drill Sergeant

Jayson Argento ... Vermont Punk
Nick Atwood ... Prom Date

Antoni Corone ... Charles Anderson (as Antoni Cornacchione)
Vern Crofoot ... Gun Assembler (as Roger Vern Crofoot)

Joey Diaz ... Gun Smuggler
David Fontani ... Vegas Punk

Sandra Gartner ... Desk Sergeant

Natasha Goss ... Student
Joshua J. Masters ... Security Guard

Laurie O'Brien ... Martin's Mother
Lorna Paul ... Waitress
Steve Pratt ... Gun Store Manager
Wally Beatty ... Gun Store Clerk
Kris Renkewitz ... Hunter
Chapin Long ... Boy Martin

Max Thayer ... Martin's Grandfather
Kate Green ... Salesclerk (as Katie Green)
Jennifer Pattillo ... Salesclerk
Paul Donlon ... Barber
Martin Muscatello ... Barber
William Boardman ... Justice of the Peace
Devin Irish ... Young Mia
Sarah Michael Ezzo ... Baby Mia
Jeanne Gore Roberts ... Gun Factory Clerk
Hanson Tse ... Medical Student

Michael Esper ... Burgler

Bob Glazier ... Dirty Cop
Ben Dosch ... German Youth
Stacey Alexander ... Vegas Show Girl
Erica Arnold ... Vegas Show Girl
Erika Cossio ... Vegas Show Girl
Danielle Della Valle ... Vegas Show Girl
Julia Hayes ... Vegas Show Girl

Farrah Hines ... Vegas Show Girl
Tammy Kinney ... Vegas Show Girl
Shannon Warf ... Vegas Show Girl
Phil Stannard Sr. ... Police Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John D. Alexander ... Plant Foreman

Ken Holmes ... Diner Patron

Miriam Stark ... Train rider with child
Johnny Drocco ... WWII Platoon Leader (uncredited)

Brian Graham ... German Soldier (uncredited)

Brittany Krall ... Murder Victim (uncredited)
Marci Savitch ... Gun Buyer (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Jacobs 
Writing credits
Alan Jacobs (written by)

Produced by
Elyse Eisenberg .... co-producer
Jeanne Gore Roberts .... associate producer
Barry Gustin .... executive producer
William Hassell .... associate producer
Brent Morris .... producer
Original Music by
Anthony Marinelli 
Cinematography by
Phil Parmet 
Film Editing by
Paul Millspaugh 
Casting by
Richard Pagano 
Production Design by
Don De Fina 
Set Decoration by
Shelagh Talbot 
Costume Design by
Shawnelle Cherry 
Elaine Montalvo 
Makeup Department
Thereze Berquist .... makeup artist
Cynthia Bornia .... co-key makeup artist
Djuna Citrin .... assistant makeup artist: Los Angeles
Stacy Dyer .... key makeup artist: Vermont
Sandra Schneider .... makeup artist
Production Management
Giampaolo Debole .... production supervisor: Los Angeles
Brent Morris .... unit production manager
Bruce Perkins .... production supervisor (as Bruce Edward Perkins)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Bennett .... first assistant director
William Hassell .... first assistant director
Charity Ozarowski .... second second assistant director (as Charity Thomson)
Jordan Wendkos .... second assistant director
Art Department
Craig Anderson .... set dresser: Miami
Brian Crane .... storyboard artist
Vern Crofoot .... property master: Miami
Neal Giberti .... props
Tom Humphrey .... property master: Los Angeles
James Sherman .... property master: Vermont
Shelagh Talbot .... set dresser
Emily A. Wilson .... assistant set decorator (as Emily Meyers)
Sound Department
John Austin .... sound mixer: Miami
Paul Austin .... boom operator: Miami
Andrew Casciato .... foley artist
Adam De Coster .... foley artist
Steven Erickson .... adr editor
Steven Erickson .... dialogue editor
Derrick Espino .... sound editor
Marcelino Miguel Garcia .... boom operator: Los Angeles, Las Vegas (as Marcelino M. Garcia)
Bob Gregory .... sound mixer
Jeremy Hoenack .... re-recording mixer
Scott Koué .... supervising sound editor
Ann Kroeber .... sound designer
Tony Kucenski .... foley mixer
Jim Machowski .... sound mixer: Las Vegas
Dan Mazur .... boom operator
Jon Meyer .... sound editor
Matthew Nicolay .... sound mixer: Los Angeles
Xander Richaers .... assistant sound effects editor
Michelle Ryan .... sound editor
Noah Southall .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Jay Combs .... special effects operator
Vern Crofoot .... special effects: Miami
Scott Harrison .... special effects operator
Mark Koivu .... special effects operator
Brandon S. McKay .... stunts (as Brandon McKay)
Cole S. McKay .... stunts (as Cole McKay)
Ron Otis .... stunts
Patrick J. Statham .... stunts (as Pat Statham)
Jefferson Wagner .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jonathan Beattie .... second assistant camera: Miami
David R. Casey .... gaffer
Hugh Casey .... best boy electric
Manny Chavez .... key grip: Miami
Lynda Cohen .... additional first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Karen L. Dicey .... electrician
David Dowell .... additional first assistant camera: Los Angeles
Paul Duffy .... grip
Mark Duncan .... first assistant camera: Miami
Mark Eberle .... director of photography: additional photography
Casey Heemskerk .... electrician: Vermont
Tom Houghton .... camera operator: New York
Max Jones .... gaffer: Vermont
Lance Layman .... Steadicam operator: Los Angeles
Damon Liebowitz .... electrician
Ian McGlocklin .... best boy electric: Vermont
Rory Muirhead .... first assistant camera: Vermont
Peter Ozarowski .... second assistant camera
Olga Peters .... video assistant
Shane Reilly .... best boy grip: Vermont
James A. Seale .... key grip: Los Angeles
Paul Skrabut .... electrician: Miami
Ely Vegh .... best boy grip: Los Angeles
Todd Wheel .... key grip
Casting Department
Peter Alwazzan .... extras casting
Randi Chugerman .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Melissa Brinton .... wardrobe supervisor
Shawnelle Cherry .... costume designer: Los Angeles/Las Vegas
Sandi Lieu .... costumer
Brandy Lusvardi .... set costumer: Los Angeles
Ivana Sanson .... costumer
Jacqueline West .... costume consultant
Editorial Department
Seth Clark .... assistant editor
Richard E. Flores .... negative cutter (as Richard Flores)
Noriko Miyakawa .... assistant editor
Michael D. Ornstein .... consulting editor (as Michael Ornstein)
Joel Plotch .... consulting editor
Ken Schwartz .... colorist
Jim Williams .... color timer
Location Management
Rory Dauson .... location manager: Los Angeles
Joshua J. Masters .... location manager
John L. Norton .... location manager: Las Vegas (as John Norton)
Everett Rodd .... location assistant: Los Angeles
Music Department
Clint Bennett .... music mixer
Clint Bennett .... music recordist
Chris Jacks .... musician
Anthony Marinelli .... music producer
Anthony Marinelli .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation coordinator
B.J. Chandler .... talent driver
Ricardo Soto .... transportation coordinator (as Rick Soto)
Tobi Wurth .... transportation captain
Other crew
Mike Chilson .... production assistant
Daniel Ezralow .... choreographer
Jill Ferguson .... script supervisor
Lauren Kehnast .... production coordinator
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles
Dan Rogers .... production assistant: Miami
Vinny Strynkowski .... craft service
Kelsey Wyatt .... production assistant
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence and language
89 min
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Did You Know?

Paula O'Hara (Jasmine) was the real-life wife of 'James Coburn' (Martin Tillman).See more »
Factual errors: 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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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Coburn's last hurrah gets two cheers, 6 May 2003
Author: FilmFlaneur from London

American Gun is a suitably elegiac and death-obsessed film that closed the career of James Coburn. It's a sometimes worthy, but never less than interesting story, starting as one thing and ending as another. It begins as one man's search for truth, and finishes as the truth about a man. Along the way, director Alan Jacobs (whose previous credits have been romantic dramas and comedies) fashions an interesting narrative, using flashbacks and reconstruction in ways that are dramatically intriguing and never distracting.

Coburn plays Martin Tillman, whose daughter Penny (Virginia Masden) is killed in a shooting. Martin, an infantry veteran of the Second World War, experiences vivid memories of combat and his youth - notably his meeting and early romance with his wife Anne (Barbara Bain, a face familiar from re-runs of TV's original Mission: Impossible) as well as the traumatic killing of a young sniper who shot his friend. At the same time Martin seeks to re establish contact with Penny's estranged daughter (Alexandra Holden) who, after blaming her mother for her father's desertion, has disappeared.

Martin's grief over loss, and one-man odyssey to find the owner of the gun that killed his daughter is what lies at the centre of the film. Elderly, and with his knuckles visibly distorted by arthritis, Coburn still has an undeniable screen presence, raising the film out of the ordinary, and gives a quiet authority which adds necessary gravitas to his search. Despite being predicated around a violent act, American Gun is a relatively subdued film, making points about weapon ownership, responsibility and guilt in persistent ways that, understandably, caused some irritation amongst gun-owning filmgoers at home. It also had the bad luck to be made as a change of administration, and then the events of September 11th, marked a sea change in American attitudes to arms. It is doubtful that a film, which plays so much on the social question of weaponry, would be made today.

Besides some wintry settings, there is an excellent score, the work of the underrated Anthony Marinelli, which enhances much of the film's tone. Marinelli's spare note clusters, floating in dead air as it were, emphasise the silence and loss in lives touched by the gun. They suggest how much grief isolates the central character from all but the most essential relationships, where he can only really communicate by writing letters to a dead woman. The epistolary nature of many of Martin's scenes, as well as the distancing effect of his flashbacks, remove him further from daily life and place him further in his self-absorbed quest. ("He's on a crusade," despairs his wife at one point.) Martin's dedication to his search is also counter-pointed by a crisis in faith: "I still believe in God," he says during a glum meeting with a young pastor, "but I don't know what to make of him." Given the nature of Martin's grief, the churchman understandably finds it hard to offer more than passing support.

American Gun is apt title. It refers both to a weapon, as well as the name of the company manufacturing the offending item (Its factory of the same name is the first place Martin visits). Like something aimed and fired itself, Martin's single-minded journey transcribes its own trajectory, until it reaches its mark. Along the way we discover the gun's history: as an instrument of death in the hand of an abduction victim, a means of revenge for a jealous youth, and so on. The gun has taken more than one life and, the film suggests, is typical of such items passing through so many hands. Whether or not one takes this simplification at face value is down to the position held on gun control. Meanwhile the film benefits from an avoidance of hectoring, and a script that demonstrates the casual dissemination of small arms, as well as the numbing effects of their misuse.

Jacob's film recalls the similar premise explored in John Badham's The Gun (1974), an above average TV movie in which another firearm was followed from cradle to grave, although here the irony is of another sort. In Badham's film the piece is only fired once (at the end) for instance, while Jacob's weapon is used several times. American Gun also has a more complicated structure, the filmmakers using a combination of narrative and filmic methods to show the effects of gun violence on individuals. It is also has a clever twist in the tale, one which accords the hero greater tragic status as well as forcing us to reinterpret events. This ending, while the film still tends towards the episodic, reaffirms Martin's central role and allows the peculiarly penitential nature of his quest to be explained.

There's nothing about the film that wouldn't sit just as comfortably on the little screen as on the big, but it rarely drags and sustains interest. Those who seek the dynamism of most films explicitly associated with weaponry will be advised to look for thrills elsewhere. Those who'd enjoy a quiet, well made look at a perceived American blight, as well as those wanting a last glimpse of a memorable Hollywood star still at work, should check this out.

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