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Deep in the Heart (1983)

Handgun (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | 12 May 1983 (UK)
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Shortly after moving to Dallas, a young woman is raped at gunpoint. Her intense anger drives her to seek revenge, and she becomes a hunter on a vengeance mission.


Tony Garnett


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Young ... Kathleen Sullivan
Clayton Day Clayton Day ... Larry Keeler
Suzie Humphreys Suzie Humphreys ... Nancy
Helena Humann Helena Humann ... Miss Davis
Ben Jones ... Chuck
Jane Abbott ... Lady
Jane Simoneau Jane Simoneau ... Lady
Peggy Akin Peggy Akin ... Lady
Joe Bowman Joe Bowman ... Trick Shooter
John Tufts Jr. John Tufts Jr. ... Tranquillizer Gun Man
Norine Williams Norine Williams ... Student with Baby
Kitty Harlen Kitty Harlen ... Mrs. Sullivan
Jim Harlen Jim Harlen ... Mr. Sullivan
Sam Shipp Sam Shipp ... Lawyer
Gary Richardson Gary Richardson ... Lawyer


Shortly after moving to Dallas, a young woman is raped at gunpoint. Her intense anger drives her to seek revenge, and she becomes a hunter on a vengeance mission.

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She said no ... and she meant it ! See more »


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Release Date:

12 May 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Deep in the Heart See more »

Filming Locations:

Carrollton, Texas, USA See more »

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EMI Films,Kestrel Films See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Decent rape and revenge thriller
25 February 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Handgun is an obscure little rape and revenge thriller that has more weight than many other films in the genre and actually tries to make some points outside of it. The film I would liken this one to most is the Swedish exploitation flick 'They Call Her One Eye' as it features an innocent young looking girl being wronged and then getting herself some weapons and some training to get back at her enemy. In fact, the two films are so similar that I would be very surprised if Handgun director Tony Garnett has not seen They Call Her One Eye. The major focal point here is course, rape. Kathleen Sullivan is a young woman who moves from Boston to Dallas. While there, she meets a man and starts seeing him; but shortly thereafter, the relationship turns sour when she refuses her advances, and he rapes her at gunpoint. She gets over the initial shock by getting angry and later buying herself a nice big gun and learning how to use it, all with the intention of hunting down and killing the man who raped her...

The film comes off as being slightly classier than the 'Video Nasty' style rape and revenge flicks such as The Last House on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave, although it's not as graphic, sleazy or nasty; and to be honest, I prefer the aforementioned classics to this film. The film is rather slow to start and nothing much happens for the first half hour. This is good in a way because it lets us get used to the central character, but on the other hand it's quite boring so becomes a bit of a problem. Otherwise, the plot flows fairly well; but there's never any secret made over where it's going so the film doesn't contain a lot of suspense. The rape scene is not particularly graphic either, which is a shame because it's what a lot of people will be tuning in for. There's a point thrown in there about guns and their usage, but it's not very potent. The film boils down to a good conclusion, despite the fact that it's obvious it was going to turn out that way - but it does pull an interesting little twist out at the end which is decent. Overall, I'm not surprised that this film isn't well known as it's not all that good and wont appeal to a mass market; but it's decent stuff and I can recommend it.

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