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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

100 Assassins. 1,000 Weapons. 10,000,000 Dollars. Only One Can Survive. See more »

Genres:

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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Company Credits

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

In the final standoff scene, both Ice-T and Christopher Lambert are doubled because it was shot after they had finished their scheduled scenes. 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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Ricky: Hey, I happen to have a healthy respect for profanity. They're just not happy words and they don't make me happy to hear them. To use something over and over until it has no meaning. Hell hell hell hell hell.
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Alternate Versions

European release has several additional scenes that give Lou (Christopher Lambert) questionable motives. See more »

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© Peer International Corporation BMI
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Better than expected.
21 January 2012 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

I can agree with other sentiments here: "Mean Guns" is more than just the standard B movie. I was lured to this thing by the names involved, but what we get here is not relentlessly predictable stuff. A crime boss named Vincent Moon (Ice-T) gathers a large group of lowlifes together, people who've "betrayed" their organization basically by being screw-ups. Moon's idea is to put all of them into a "kill or be killed" situation, providing them with various weapons, and the last three standing will supposedly walk away with the sum of $10 million. In addition to The T, we get other B movie perennials doing their thing; Christopher Lambert brings his own brand of acting to a more jovial - and unhinged - character than usual. Also appearing are Deborah Van Valkenburgh ("The Warriors"), Thom Mathews ("The Return of the Living Dead"), Yuji Okumoto ("The Karate Kid, Part II"), Tina Cote ("Omega Doom"), Kimberly Warren ("Blast"), and Michael Halsey ("Dollman"). Hoke Howell of such classics as "Kingdom of the Spiders" and "Humanoids from the Deep" has a cameo at the outset. As one will notice, the cast is largely made up of regulars in the films of the prolific Albert Pyun, and it don't matter if the acting ain't ever gonna win any awards; it still gets the job done. The T is amusing in the lead, and Lambert is actually a hoot, although it's veteran Halsey that really stands out, playing one of the most interesting characters in the whole thing. Van Valkenburgh is likable enough as the most sympathetic of them all. Mathews and Okumoto have their moments as a consistently bantering pair of buddies. It's hard to knock a movie that immediately goes for the approach of underscoring the fast and furious action with mambo music, which adds to the humour. Of course, when one sees the ridiculous fate of one of the characters, they'll see this is never meant to be taken too seriously. At an hour and 50 minutes it IS awfully long for this sort of thing, but that kooky charm still pervades the proceedings. And, despite all the violence, there's really no gore at all. Fans of low budget escapist fare should find this reasonably interesting and diverting, all the way to its unexpected ending. Seven out of 10.


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