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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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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

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
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
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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Rated R for violence and language
89 min
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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 »
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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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Coburn Comes to Grip, 24 June 2012
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Flashbacks to his childhood and World War II service show our narrator's strong bond with guns...

In the present, our elderly storyteller James Coburn (as Martin Tillman) lives in Vermont, with his beautiful wartime bride Barbara Bain (as Anne). Their snowy Christmas is brightened by a visit from daughter Virginia Madsen (as Penny). The family has overcome life's problems, and is a obviously a loving unit. During an immaculately prepared dinner, we learn details about the family's latest crisis - Mr. Coburn's granddaughter Alexandra Holden (as Mia) has run away from home. While daughter Madsen takes care of some Christmas shopping, Coburn secretly meets with young Holden. Or, so it seems… Writer/director Alan Jacobs tells a good story about a man coming to grip with tragedy; secondarily, we see the consequences of being quick on the trigger...

In hindsight, you can see the intent, but "American Gun" has some serious editing flaws. There is also one unforgivable "cheat" - during one of the film's shootings, a sound effect does not coincide with later events. The film tells the story of the "American Gun" responsible for the tragedy that befalls Coburn. He decides to trace ownership of the offending .357 Magnum, which he is able to obtain from the local police. Using the serial number, Coburn finds out how the gun was used across America. At the same time, Coburn looks for his granddaughter (who goes to the restroom without her purse). Most notably, this was the last feature film for Coburn (and, surprisingly, his real-life young wife Paula O'Hara, who play an attractive woman with car trouble).

***** American Gun (6/13/02) Alan Jacobs ~ James Coburn, Barbara Bain, Virginia Madsen, Alexandra Holden

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