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Love and a .45 (1994)

A small time crook flees to Mexico to evade the authorities, loan sharks and his murderous ex-partner with only his fiancé and a trusted Colt .45.


C.M. Talkington


C.M. Talkington

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gil Bellows ... Watty Watts
Renée Zellweger ... Starlene Cheatham
Rory Cochrane ... Billy Mack Black
Jeffrey Combs ... Dinosaur Bob
Jace Alexander ... Creepy Cody
Ann Wedgeworth ... Thaylene Cheatham
Peter Fonda ... Vergil Cheatham
Tammy Le Blanc Tammy Le Blanc ... Stripper
Wiley Wiggins ... Young Clerk
Jack Nance ... Justice Thurman
Charlotte Ross ... Mary Ann
Michael Bowen ... Ranger X
Scott Roland Scott Roland ... Simp
Todd Conner ... Young Cop
Richard Rothenberg ... Camera Store Clerk


Watty has made a living out of robbing convenience stores, but after one of these jobs turned into murder by his partner, the psychopath Billy Mack, he is on the run with his fiancé Starlene and with both Billy Mack, the police and some loan-sharks on his trail. Their plan is to go to Mexico but before they do that they want to get married and visit Starlene's parents. Written by <uffe@enterpol.dk>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor del calibre 45 See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Trimark Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The director himself plays the tattooist (tattooing Billy Mack Black's - Rory Cochrane - head) in an uncredited role. See more »


When 'Ranger X' is pump gun shot so forcefully blasting him up high up against the trailer, afterwards when reverse shot shown lying face down on the floor, there is no resulting (huge!) exit wound on his back. See more »


Watty Watts: I've got a problematical situation going on. I borrowed two thousand dollars from Father Pecro to buy that wedding ring.
Billy Mack Black: See, you're a stupid asshole.
Watty Watts: Well, I couldn't help it, man, it was on sale.
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Crazy Credits

"This film is dedicated to the memory of David Whitley and Marcus Brown." See more »

Alternate Versions

German version is cut for violence (ca. 1 minute) to secure a "Not under 18" rating. See more »


References Easy Rider (1969) See more »


Formal Groove
Performed by Robert J. Walsh
Courtesy of The Hollywood Music Library
Written by Robert J. Walsh
Published by Screenmusic International (BMI)
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It's worth it
3 June 2001 | by GhaziSee all my reviews

Following in the footsteps of low budget movies like El Mariachi, Love and a.45 is a very entertaining movie if you forget about comparing it to stuff like Pulp Fiction and Natural Born Killers. It's formula isn't anything new or original, or even very prolific, but it certainly gets the job done. Like Kalifornia and Natural Born Killers, this movie is about a trailer park couple, a convenience store robber and his girlfriend played by Rene Zellweger. This is one of the few Zellweger roles I've seen where she isn't all quirky and awkward, instead she plays the more provocative 'Juliette Lewis' white trash role. Anyway, basically the two have to run away together after killing two fascist cops, while being chased by a group of baddies who have their own quarrels with the couple.

The above summary doesn't do the story much justice because there are numerous plot twists which keep it interesting. There's hardly a dull moment in this movie. Two things really stand out in it: Firstly, the editing and direction are great, there are some excellent shots in here. Though on the counterpoint of things, there are also some very amateur-like handycam kind of shots which are very shaky. Nothing major however. Second, the characters are pretty unique in this movie. Renee Zellweger's voicebox-less hippy father is worth the rental of this movie alone, VERY entertaining. Aside from some predictable elements, this movie is incredibly entertaining and definitely worth a rental. If you like movies such as Reservoir Dogs, Natural Born Killers and the like, go ahead and check this out. 8/10

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