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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.

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Albert Pyun

Writer:

Andrew Witham
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Sparks fly when real killers collide. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Venecular See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,095,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Filmwerks See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of the rare Albert Puyn films that was shot in 2:35.1 Anamorphic Widescreen which include Down Twisted and his next film, Postmortem starring Charlie Sheen. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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D: I can't be here for this. This is wrong. Wrong time, wrong place... wrong life.
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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 »

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Fiercely Intense...
28 December 1999 | by WritnGuy-2See all my reviews

Last night, I had just finished watching some BAD horror movie, and turned on the television afterward. This was on, and it looked really twisted. It was already into the first fifteen minutes, so I missed that, but then I decided to check the guide to see what it was, and the plot seemed pretty cool. So, what the heck, I'd waste two hours and watch it.

All I can say is--those two hours were no waste! This movie was so good! I don't really like action movies, and I never really got into shoot-em-ups, but I loved this. The plot, as I figured out, was that all these people were locked in an old prison, given weapons and tons of ammo, and left to kill each other off until, supposedly, the last three were left, who would then get the prize of ten million dollars.

Thus begins the nonstop action, as the various characters split up, form groups, and kill each other. The main characters really were Christopher Lambert's character (forgot his name), Marcus, D, and Con (though, I think her name was Cam, but IMDb said it was Con). Anyhoo, there's also Hoss and Crow, who eventually team up with Barby, and there are various other people who just get killed. I didn't understand why some of the people were there, but that's what I get for missing the first fifteen minutes.

In any event, the movie became severely tense, and no one's safe from anyone...not even someone in their own group. And as the many characters dwindle down, you start to wonder: who will survive?

The suspense in this movie is amazing, and you never know what will happen next. At first, the story seemed a little thin to carry itself along throughout the whole film, but it did, perfectly, all the way up to the quite twisted ending, which just keeps surprising you. I, personally, was quite thrilled with how the movie ended, but you'll never suspect how it does end. My favorite character: Con. She was easy to relate to (yes, I know, I'm delving too much into this B-rated action flic, but oh well) and you could feel bad for her. She truly didn't belong there, as she said many times. And then, in the four-sided face-off in the end between the three left and Ice-T's character, who held this event, you will feel so bad when she tells the others how they won, and they shouldn't have to go through with this next step.

All in all, an action movie that's fun, intense, creepy at times, and with a few morals. Recommended.


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