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Man with a Gun (1995)

Madsen plays an assassin who's hired to kill the woman he loves.

Director:

David Wyles

Writers:

Hugh C. Rae (novel), Laurie Finstad-Knizhnik (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Madsen ... John Wilbur Hardin
Jennifer Tilly ... Rena Rushton / Kathy Payne
Gary Busey ... Jack Rushton
Robert Loggia ... Philip Marquand
Ian Tracey ... Roy Burchill
Bill Cobbs ... Henry Griggs
Bill Dow ... Ed Quigley
Jason Schombing ... Eli Spindel
Andrew Guy Andrew Guy ... Italian Stud
Aleksandra Kosanovic Aleksandra Kosanovic ... Ticket Agent
Mina E. Mina Mina E. Mina ... Max Appleman
Bill Finck Bill Finck ... Conductor
Aieisha Li ... Young Girl
Garvin Cross ... Wise Guy
Sonny Surowiec ... Lithe Thug
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Storyline

Take a walk on the dark side with hired gun John Hardin. When Hardin's boss, powerful mobster Jack Rushton puts a contract out on his scheming and sexy wife Rena, Hardin confronts an assassin's worst fear-having to kill his own lover. Rena is counting on having Hardin kill her twin sister instead, but she didn't count on Hardin having a conscience. And when he refuses to murder an innocent woman, he finds himself trapped between lust and loyalty in a deadly game of blackmail, betrayal and brutality. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Taglines:

Between Blackmail and Betrayal is a Chance for Murder.

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hired for Killing See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Goofs

At the end of the movie, after being shot in the center of the forehead and dying, after several minutes of laying on the ground, Jennifer Tilly can clearly be seen breathing. See more »

Quotes

[During sex]
John Wilbur Hardin: Your husband hired me to kill you.
Rena Rushton, Kathy Payne: And this is how you're going to do it?
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Referenced in Dog Watch (1997) See more »

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Atmosphere aplenty, not much more
9 September 2000 | by jmatrixrenegadeSee all my reviews

I rented this movie because I like both the leads, namely, Michael Madsen and Jennifer Tilly. Well, they (along with Robert Loggia and Gary Busey) play to type, the cynical but thoughtful man with a gun and the female fatale that you would not want to cross. The problem is that this movie is basically all atmosphere without much of a story to make it that interesting. Madsen is a world weary hitman who has a conscience -- he can't kill Tilly's innocent twin (Tilly as an innocent is almost worth the price of the rental), so he protects her no matter how dangerous it might be. Loggia and Busey complete the typecasting as mob members, Busey giving his typical performance as a bit of a nut. It is probably worth the price of the rental for fans of the genre (I guess film noir fits) and the stars, but it all seemed by the numbers to me. Madsen in particular deserves better roles -- you are better off checking out "House in the Hills"


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