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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.

Genres:

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

Henry is doing a maze puzzle when Roy and his thugs walk into the bar. But after they talk, it soon changes to a crossword puzzle. 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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Glum, Man, Glum.
4 March 1999 | by corvus-3See all my reviews

This is modern, skeleton Noir. Within that framework, it is certainly viewable, with Tilly a standout as the femme fatal. In monochrome color, first-person narrative flashback, a jazzy soundtrack, interesting camerawork, and betrayal themes, it appears as a true genre piece. Unfortunately, the script plus the filmmakers' glint toward Schwarzenegger-like action, ruin any dark ambiance they establish. It's all here: the tough but soft-hearted hero, viperous femme, over-the-top bad guy, the black sidekick slated for torture/death. And it all rapidly blows away like gunsmoke during the cartoonish shootouts.

Madsen is in typical Rourke-mode, but with a little more compassion squinting his eyes. Tilly is all whiskey-throated slur as Rina and little-girl whine as Cathy. The movie definitely needs more of Rina, because, with the exception of Busey's Wild Man, she's the cast's only interest. The giveaway is in the prologue, where, in sepia-tone, slow-mo, and voice-over narrative, Madsen labors his death scene, blazing away with dual, silver-toned guns and a monotone from a mortally-wounded script. Ultimately, it boils down to the bullets and body count, without enough desperation or resignation to warrant the blood.


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