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This Gun for Hire (1991)

A killer for hire named Raven kills his target. However, he believes that he was just killing an ordinary person, but before he knows it, there's a massive manhunt for him. It seems that ... See full summary »

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Lou Antonio

Writers:

Graham Greene (novel), Nevin Schreiner (teleplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Wagner ... 'Raven'
Nancy Everhard ... Anne
Fredric Lehne ... Mather
John Harkins ... Boynton
John McConnell ... Lt. Leoville (as John 'Spud' McConnell)
Joe Warfield Joe Warfield ... Mr. Souverain
Kristina Loggia Kristina Loggia ... Cynthia
Patrik Baldauff Patrik Baldauff ... Spicer
Lenore Banks ... Mrs. Acky
James Borders James Borders ... Bridge Cop
Dean Cochran ... Larry
David Dahlgren ... FBI Agent
Margaret Dubuisson Margaret Dubuisson ... Anchorwoman
Robert Earle Robert Earle ... Acky
Ron Flagge Ron Flagge ... FBI Agent
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A killer for hire named Raven kills his target. However, he believes that he was just killing an ordinary person, but before he knows it, there's a massive manhunt for him. It seems that the man he killed is a senator. While trying to evade the police, he takes a woman, Anne hostage. Though he eventually lets her go. She develops some kind of fascination for him, which doesn't please her boyfriend, who just happens to be the one who tracking Raven. At the same time Raven tries to find out who set him up and why. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Thriller

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Rated R for violence and sensuality. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Affittasi killer See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Mono

Color:

Color
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Anne: You killed those people!
'Raven': What's the difference? They were dead anyway.
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This Gun for Hire Is an Excellent Mystery Shot in the French Quarter
10 April 2007 | by Thomas_J_McKeonSee all my reviews

Robert Wagner plays a hit-man, Raven, who is hired to kill a man whom he thinks is a commonplace-average hit. Unbeknownst to Raven the hit is no ordinary Joe, but a US Senator and Raven has been set up to take the fall. He takes Anne, a stripper played by Nancy Everhard, hostage while attempting to elude the authorities who have initiated a massive manhunt for him. He also attempts to figure out who set him up and why. His attempt to evade the cops and figure out what really went down is one plot which the viewer may assume is the central plot, while what may seem a subplot, Raven's interaction with Anne and what perchance may really matter in life to him, actually becomes the main plot of the film. Raven's complexity (he is not the one dimensional character one would assume), and how this is developed in the film is done very well.

Wagner convincingly portrays Raven as a (40s to mid 60s) middle-aged, cold, hard, hit-man. He does not have the cherubic boyish appearance we associate with him; he is quite convincing in the role. Like Wagner, Nancy Everhard at 33 or 34 may have been at the upper age range for a modern stripper, but like Wagner, she appears younger and pulls it off very well. While watching the movie, one sees Raven and Anne, not Wagner and Everhard. Casting of the supporting cast is excellent, especially the slimy local politicians. The French Quarter is an appropriate locale and is used to advantage.

This was a made for TV film, but is certainly as good as any of its genre released theatrically in the last several decades.


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