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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:

$5,028,702 (USA) (20 March 2015)


$10,640,645 (USA) (24 April 2015)

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The red sports car used in the film is a 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint. See more »


None of the scenes in Gibraltar are actually in Gibraltar. 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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Referenced in Blindspot: Pilot (2015) See more »


Hope Part 1 & 2
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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A solid 7 leaning 8 for a "realistic" action film.
21 March 2015 | by (San Antonio, TX) – See all my reviews

This is my first review. I have finally gotten tired of fake reviewers and haters rating films poorly because they don't like the actor and likely never saw the film. Reviewers are offended because he was working outside without a shirt on or because his shirt sleeves were short? Give me a break. I've seen plenty of 1 and 2 star movies, but, this was not one of them.

What I want to know from a review is whether or not a movie is worth watching. I do like action films and I don't dislike Sean Penn. This review comes from that angle.

You're not going to find cars jumping between sky scrapers, people falling 100s of feet and walking away or phony cliffhangers in this film. What you will find is an attempt to show necessary action in a mostly realistic way.

Sean Penn's role is more like Rambo than Superman. The action was original, clever and well executed. The dialogue was realistic and the acting was believable.

The only reason I didn't give it an 8 or 9 is because I felt it tried to do too much in too little time. That having been said making the movie longer wouldn't have worked because it would have taken 5 hours to do it right. The first 20 minutes could have been its own 2 hour film.

That having been said it all made sense. I didn't leave the theater wondering why or how anything happened. I would have cut several of the longer scenes short in order to tell more of the back story.

If you are looking for something fun to do on a Saturday afternoon you won't go wrong by seeing this film.

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