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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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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


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

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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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Anne: You killed those people!
'Raven': What's the difference? They were dead anyway.
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Version of Una pistola in vendita (1970) See more »

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A Surprise: This Is A Good Re-Make
14 April 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This re-make of the 1942 Alan Ladd-Veronica Lake film noir was surprisingly good. Unlike the original, it had color but it still had a good film noir feel, look and sound to it. The story had a few moralistic holes in it, but nothing big enough to ruin the film.

Robert Wagner was great to watch as the hit-man "Raven," actually more interesting than Ladd who played the same role. Wagner played the character accurately: a grim, no-smile kind of guy. Wagner, as people have seen in the popular Austin Powers movies, is not the young, slim, pretty boy most of us remember from the later classic movie era and that was good for this role. A few lines on his face made him more believable.

The film also had very little profanity, almost like an older made-for-TV film, yet it had its share of nudity so it maybe it was made for cable-TV. Don't look for a bunch of big name actors in this film. The rest of main characters are played by Nancy Everhard, Frederic Lehne and John Harkins.

At any rate, I enjoyed this and would like to see more of these updated 40s film noirs if they are done as well as this one.

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