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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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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.



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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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You won't get any bang out of this one
8 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

The film looks at the impact of guns and their violence in 3 settings- through the impact on the mother (Marcia Gay Harden) and brother of a Columbine High type shooter in Oregon, a frustrated school principal (Forrest Whittaker) in inner city Chicago, and in a gun store in Charlottesville Virginia with grandfather-owner (Donald Sutherland) and his granddaughter (Linda Cardinelli from ER). This movie is slow, dull, flat and disorganized. It makes no coherent points. Don't waste an hour and a half with it. The first effort for this director is a waste of everyone's time. The 2002 version with James Coburn is infinitely more lively and interesting.

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