3 user

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 »


Lou Antonio


Graham Greene (novel), Nevin Schreiner (teleplay)


Learn more

More Like This 

Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

When assassin Philip Raven shoots a blackmailer and his beautiful female companion dead, he is paid off in marked bills by his treasonous employer who is working with foreign spies.

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Robert Preston
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An old British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman.

Director: Phillip Noyce
Stars: Michael Caine, Brendan Fraser, Thi Hai Yen Do
Brighton Rock (2010)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Charts the headlong fall of Pinkie (Sam Riley), a razor-wielding disadvantaged teenager with a religious death wish.

Director: Rowan Joffe
Stars: Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough, Helen Mirren
The Third Man (1949)
Film-Noir | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

Director: Carol Reed
Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli


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


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »






Release Date:

9 January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Affittasi killer See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Anne: You killed those people!
'Raven': What's the difference? They were dead anyway.
See more »


Version of This Gun for Hire (1942) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed