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American Gun -- A series of interwoven story lines brings to light how the proliferation of guns in America dramatically influence and shape every day lives.

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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Alan Jacobs (written by)
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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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Cast

  (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

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

Produced by
Elyse Eisenberg .... co-producer
Jeanne Gore Roberts .... associate 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 .... sound 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
 
Stunts
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
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
 
Music Department
Clint Bennett .... music mixer
Clint Bennett .... music recordist
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
Rory Dauson .... location manager: Los Angeles
Daniel Ezralow .... choreographer
Jill Ferguson .... script supervisor
Lauren Kehnast .... production coordinator
Joshua J. Masters .... location manager
John L. Norton .... location manager: Las Vegas (as John Norton)
Dan Perri .... title designer: main titles
Everett Rodd .... location assistant: Los Angeles
Dan Rogers .... production assistant: Miami
Vinny Strynkowski .... craft service
Kelsey Wyatt .... production assistant
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)
 

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

Trivia:
Paula O'Hara (Jasmine) was the real-life wife of 'James Coburn' (Martin Tillman).See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[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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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Memories, 3 April 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

"American Gun" directed by Alan Jacobs was a surprise. Not having heard about it before, intrigued me. Mr. Jacobs, directing from his own material, has created a movie that on on level is telling us we are going on one direction, but in reality, he is playing with us since the trip he is taking us is not what we had in mind.

If you haven't seen the film, perhaps you would like to stop reading.

Martin Tillman, the man at the center of the story, is a man that still remember his days during WWII; how can one ever forget those horrors lived in that, or any other, conflict? In flashbacks we get to know how young Martin and the lovely Anne, meet, fall in love and marry eventually. Their union seems to be a happy one. They have a daughter, Penny, a single mother, who returns home for the holidays after her own daughter, Mia, leaves her home.

Not all is happy among the Tillman family. Martin, who is in his seventies, appears to be a man not at peace with himself or the world. When Penny is mugged during a trip to the store to return Martin's Christmas gift for Anne. Penny meets an unexpected death, or does she? Mr. Jacobs is too devious to tell us the truth, thus contributing to the mystery surrounding Martin's resolve in finding the man who killed Penny.

Thus begins a series of trips into different areas of the country. All these trips end in failure. Martin keeps compiling data and we feel as though he is close to get his revenge. At this moment in the story, Mr. Jacobs intervene to show us in flashbacks the missing links of the gruesome murder. We realize then that Martin has not been interested in resolving the crime at all.

James Coburn made his last appearance on this film. He appears as though he is in great physical pain. As he proved in "Affliction", he was an actor to be reckoned with, although sometimes, his choice of projects was not exactly the best. Yet, he surprises us playing Martin Tillman. He obviously understood this troubled man and the price he is paying for his sins.

Virginia Madsen is seen briefly at the beginning of the story and in flashbacks. Ms. Madsen makes the best of the ill fated Penny. Barbara Bain plays the suffering wife, Anne. One wonders whatever went wrong in Anne's early love for Martin and the bitter person she turns out to be in her later years. The murder of Penny clearly contributes to alienate her from her husband. Ms. Bain short time on the screen makes an excellent contribution to the film.

Mr. Jacobs underlying message is about the American fascination with guns, but he is not judgmental on the issue, as some comments in this page seem to criticize him for doing. This is a serious movie dealing with an controversial subject.

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