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American Gun (2005)

R | | Drama | 22 March 2006 (USA)
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Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Huttenson
Carl Wilk
Sandra Cohen
Marcus (as Chris Warren Jr.)
David Heymann ...
David Huttenson
Security Guard
Davenia McFadden ...
Mary Ann Wilk


A series of interwoven story lines brings to light how the proliferation of guns in America dramatically influence and shape every day lives. A gun shop owner, an ace student, a single mother, and a school principal are among those profoundly affected. Written by Unit Publicist

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One nation under fire.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent content and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

22 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pesadelo Americano  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$9,355 (USA) (24 March 2006)


$24,030 (USA) (26 May 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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Please open your minds with American Gun!!
27 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've read comment after comment and review after review saying this film is just a remake of Crash. Some even saying the director should receive some "props" from being so quick on the draw on capitalizing on this. However, anyone who actually follows films outside of what they read in People Magazine will know that this film was being shot BEFORE Crash, and had actually been completed as far back as June 2005. It is a film that was in pre-production a year before that. Unfortunately, the distribution company decide to hold this film from release until this past weekend, prompting hack critics to say it's just a knock-off of this year's "Best Picture" (also to be strongly debated).

This is a film that doesn't need to have a Hollywood ending. Is driven by such strong performances and directing that it leaves you motionless in your seat at its conclusion. A rare film that hits harder and harder with each repeat screening. I could go on and on about the performances of Marcia Gay Harden and Forest Whitaker (who by the way gives his best performance to date in this film), but what was even more impressive was the performances by the younger actors on screen. The Son of Marcia Gay Harden and the character "Jay" both blew me away by the quality of their performances.

American Gun is well worth the money. Please don't be closed-minded and see this film as just a knock-off of Crash. Just because a movies is released after another film DOES NOT MEAN that it was made after that film. It's just bad luck for this movie and for first time writer and director Aric Avelino, who proves excellent movies can still be made with a purpose and without big budgets.

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