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The Gunman (2015)

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A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Reiniger (as Peter Franzen)
Billy Billingham ...
Reed (as Sir Billy Billingham)
Ade Oyefeso ...
Alejandro Talavante ...
Florian Barisey ...
Village Boy
Ismael Tunkara ...
Village Boy
Amara Tunkara ...
Village Boy


A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, working for an unknown client, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's (Sean Penn's) successful kill shot forces him to go into hiding to protect himself and the members of the team from retribution. This includes abruptly abandoning his girlfriend who has no idea what is going on. The assassination, paid for by a foreign mining company, triggers wide spread chaos and death in an already inflamed Congo. Terrier returns to the Congo years later working for an NGO, but eventually finds himself to be the target of a paid hit squad somehow connected to the ministers assassination. This leads to immediate deaths and the endangerment of the people working around him, and forces him back into hiding. In trying to discover who has put a price on his head, he begins to reconnect to the members of his old assassination team, including his old girlfriend. Always aware there is no path to redemption for his crimes, he is also periodically ... Written by RSailor

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Rated R for strong violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 March 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prone Gunman  »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,028,702, 22 March 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,640,645, 26 April 2015
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A closing-credits caveat acknowledges the fact that in Barcelona bullfighting have been banned for years. See more »


After Sean Penn and his girlfriend make a rushed escape where she has to get dressed coming out of the shower and has only a skimpy top on they drive away. When they switch cars she all of a sudden has a long sleeve shirt on over her top. See more »


[first lines]
News Anchor: The Democratic Republic of Congo is the scene of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.
News Anchor: In what is being described as the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, millions of people have been killed. Massacres and rape, routinely used as weapons of war, have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.
News Anchor: For years, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations, NGOs, have been providing humanitarian relief in an ...
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Composed and Produced by Marco Beltrami (ASCAP)
Co-Produced by Buck Sanders
(P) 2014 Pianella Music, Inc.
(C) Studiocanal (SACEM / SABAM)
Courtesy of Marco Beltrami & Pianella Music, Inc.
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Below Average
25 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

From start to finish, this movie was out of sorts. It couldn't build up a head of steam and thus in the process failed to deliver any sort of impact. Javier Bardem was on point in his brief cameo, and even Sean Penn managed to pull off the traditionally burly action hero enigma, but everything else was frail and flavorless. I usually watch my movies with concentration, but this one was hard to pay attention to, thus I allowed myself some shut eye in between. The protagonist's motive to fight was not strong, and things were happening too conveniently for my liking. The action sequences were somewhat realistic, and the cinematography was nice. But that's almost it. Pretty disappointing.

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