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Mean Guns (1997)

100 people, who have betrayed The Syndicate, are gathered in a prison opening the next day. They are given weapons and 6 hours to kill each other. The 3 remaining share $10,000,000.


Albert Pyun


Andrew Witham





Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Lou
Ice-T ... Vincent Moon
Michael Halsey ... Marcus
Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Cam
Tina Cote Tina Cote ... Barbie (as Tina Coté)
Yuji Okumoto ... Hoss
Thom Mathews ... Crow
Kimberly Warren Kimberly Warren ... D
Hunter Doughty Hunter Doughty ... Little Lucy (as Hunter Lockwood Doughty)
Jerry Rector ... Bob
James Wellington ... Ricky
Hoke Howell ... Commissioner Guildner
James Mathers James Mathers ... Jerry Montegna
Milan Nicksic Milan Nicksic ... Kobolski
Jahi J.J. Zuri Jahi J.J. Zuri ... Blondie


A gangster boss (Ice-T) has a list of about 100 people who have screwed up at one point or another. Rather than outright killing them, he decides to have a little fun by putting all of them together in a high security prison, unarmed, and dumping bucketfulls of guns, ammo, and baseball bats on them and letting them kill each other. The final three who survive are given a prize of 10 million dollars. Let chaos reign. Written by <jculver@gonzaga.edu>

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Mayhem Is Good See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nonstop violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Moon kills seven people in the film including six guys during the opening of the game where everyone is killing each other off in the lobby and Oslo, who comes in to threaten Moon after beating up a couple of his henchmen in the control room. See more »


A newspaper clipping with the headline "New Prison Opens Tomorrow" is shown and the text underneath has a spelling error saying "A new prinson opens tomorrow... ". See more »


Hoss: That's twisted.
Crow: Twisted but fun.
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Alternate Versions

In the UK this film was pre cut, after consultation with the ratings board, by 12 mins because of the high level of violance. This cut version was then submitted and passed as 18. See more »


References Blast (1997) See more »


Written by Anthony Riparetti (as Tony Riparetti), Steve LeGassick (as Steve Le Gassick)
Published by Tony Riparetti Music ASCAP, Le Gassick Music Publishing BMI
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User Reviews

Fun, Fun stuff.
7 December 2001 | by BrandonHamiltonSee all my reviews

This is a fun action movie. The moment the soundtrack starts you know it's going to be good. The concept of 100 assassins, 1000 guns, 10,000,000 dollars is played out very well in this film unlike some other "Great concept, poor execution" films. I love Christopher Lambert, he is soooooo incredibly cool and Ice-T shines as always...it's a match made in B-movie heaven. This film is non-stop action and boy, it is extremely entertaining. The Mambo soundtrack is quite possibly one of the most original ideas I've ever seen. Action and Mambo equals big time fun. The film itself has enough action to fill several movies and is sadly underrated and forgotten. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to watch an entertaining B-action movie without having to go through the trouble of having to think.

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Release Date:

21 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Venecular See more »


Box Office


$2,095,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmwerks See more »
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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