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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 Todd Conner ... Young Cop
Richard Rothenberg ... Camera Store Clerk


Watty Watts (Gil Bellows) 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 Black (Rory Cochrane), he is on the run with his fiancé Starlene Cheatham (Renée Zellweger) 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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This is one jagged twisting ride you'll never forget. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


In the dining room scene with Starlene's parents, Peter Fonda's motorcycle's gas tank (American Flag design), from Easy Rider (1969) has been made into a lamp, and is on a table behind Watty and Starlene. See more »


During their make-out session on the couch, as Starlene drops the Polaroid camera, the photographs fall with a clunk, but the camera drops soundlessly. See more »


Vergil Cheatham: The only way out is in.
Thaylene Cheatham: Praise the Lord!
Vergil Cheatham: And the only way to get there is to free yourself... to face the seething, bloodthirsty darkness in your own heart... Have you ever faced yourself in a mirror and gesticulated like a madman, Watty?
Watty Watts: [Somewhat bemused] Well, Vergil, I can't say I have, as of yet.
Vergil Cheatham: Until you do, you are nothing. And until you embrace the eternal nothingness of your existence, you will NOT BE FREE! Do you follow my lead?
Watty Watts: [Still bemused] Well, yeah, Vergil, I think that I do... uh, ...
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Crazy Credits

In the 'special thanks' section the following two statements can be found: biscuit (for doing a hell of a job and ending up on the cutting floor room) Gibby Haynes (for not showing up but being brilliant in his audition) See more »

Alternate Versions

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


References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


Loaded Gun
Performed by Reverend Horton Heat (as The Reverend Horton Heat)
Courtesy of Sub Pop, Ltd.
Written by Reverend Horton Heat (as James C. Heath)
Published by Horton House Publishing (BMI)
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White Trash Genre Rating 9/10
20 June 2002 | by pmunroSee all my reviews

For the genre I thought it was pretty good.

It's not so much a Tarentino ripoff, as has been suggested, as another in a long line of White Trash on the Road movies which started back with Bonnie & Clyde & Easy Rider and continues with movies like Freeway, Natural Born Killers etc.

The characters were great. They're supposed to be overdrawn and the balance between the main characters bad deeds and that piece of goodness they have that no one else in the film possess was struck just right.

Rightly so Renee Zellweger has built a career since this but I'm surprised that the Director, CM Talkington went nowhere from here and the lead Gil Bellows (who is charming here) has had little success either.

And who would have thought that Creepy would go on to direct a ton of TV shows!

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Release Date:

23 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love and a .45 See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,086, 27 November 1994

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Production Co:

Trimark Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


Color (FotoKem)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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