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American Gun (2005)

R | | Drama | 22 March 2006 (USA)
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:
Sandra Cohen
Marcus (as Chris Warren Jr.)
David Heymann ...
Security Guard
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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 USA:

$9,700, 22 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,030, 28 May 2006
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The central idea for the film came from an article in the L.A. Times. In addition, the writers were influenced by a friend, who related stories about how students from a Chicago school district brought guns to school, not to use them inside, but because of the dangerous neighborhoods they live in or walk through every day. See more »


When Carter grabs Jay as he is putting his gun behind the grate, Jay is wearing a toque and heavy jacket. In the next scene when he is being dragged down the hall, Jay isn't wearing the jacket or the hat. See more »


References Dragon Ball Z (1996) See more »


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American gun, not loaded.
7 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

The film American Gun seemed like it never started far after the end credits began running. It seemed like, what the director was trying to say, was never actually portrayed on screen. With the exception of a few sporadic and impressive performances, there is nothing American Gun really offers. After reading all the comparisons to Paul Haggis' Crash on the back of the DVD cover, I was very disappointed in the outcome of this film. Many may argue that this film shows the struggle that people go through, dealing with violence in America, but the film never actually gives us a solution. Obviously director Aric Avelino's debut tries to omit any solutions to the rapid gun craze in the United States. He even traps the audience inside of a gun store before the credits roll. Overall this was an amateur effort by an amateur filmmaker whom will hopefully turn out some better film in the future.

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