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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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Taglines:

Mayhem Is Good See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Movie Mean Guns Staring Christopher Lambert And Ice-T Was Filmed At The Los Angeles County Twin Towers Correctional Facility. See more »

Goofs

In the last scene of the movie during the final showdown Christopher Lambert's character would be able to tell the gun he was tossed wasn't loaded by the weight. See more »

Quotes

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

The DVD and Home Video versions differ from the cable tv version. The DVD adds more footage missing from the cable version. The scenes include:
  • 3 flashback scenes involving Christopher Lambert's characters' past.
  • A scene where Lambert sees his daughter after the first opening gun battle inside the prison.
  • The demise of Tina Cote's character after she think she's got the right suitcase with the money.
  • The cable version features:
  • A longer introduction of the characters as they reach the prison.
  • Yuji Okumoto and Thom Matthews' character killing a guy in an overhang while walking up the stairs with Tina Cote'.
  • The demise of Bob by Okumoto and Matthews is substansally longer and leads to the showdown between Okumoto and Matthews before they kill each other.
  • More scenes of Bob wounded in the stairwell after being shot.
  • Lambert's demise runs longer after he's shot by Michael Halsey and Ice-T during the showdown.
  • More shots of Michael Halsey's character faking his own death after the last big final battle with the syndicate goons.
  • A scene where Lambert goes outside the prison in search of Deborah Van Valkenburg's character, yelling, "Ollie, Ollie, Oxen free...You Damn Snitch!".
  • Another scene where Lambert kills another loose goon after his futile search for the snitch.
  • Another scene of Lou shooting at someone in the prison yard off screen.
  • A scene of Deborah Van Valkenberg running into the prison yard and finding the pictures she had obtained in the beginning of the movie.
  • Another scene of Michael Halsey chasing after Deborah Van Valkenburgh in which he plants the suitcase with the movie and reveals his true motives and the real outcome of the game.
  • Another scene where Michael Halsey calls Deborah Van Valkenburg on the cell phone to make sure their plan is in full swing.
  • The final showdown scene between Ice-T, Lambert, Halsey and Van Valkenburg is longer and adds more dialog between Lambert and Ice-T revealing that he is a liabitilty to the syndicate.
  • Lambert's death and Halsey's confession scene is longer.
  • A scene where Lambert's daughter goes inside the prison to check on Van Valkenburgh after the showdown aftermath.
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Connections

Referenced in 'Mean Guns': Entretien avec Christophe Lambert (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Land of Illusions
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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Implausible, but great fun.
28 January 2003 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

It's not really a good movie, let's make that clear. The chaotic shootouts are not skillfully constructed, the story is both implausible and confusing (especially at the end, when it keeps trying to top itself with one stupid "twist" after another; it should have stuck to the rules it established in the beginning), and Lambert and Ice-T both give performances too awful for words. What makes the picture fun is its premise, and some of the supporting members of the cast, particularly Michael Halsey (who really shines with a strong presence deserving of a far better movie), Okumoto and Matthews (whose duo is quite amusing to watch) and Tina Cote (who's pretty hot). Overall, it's worth a couple of viewings if you're an action fan. (**1/2)


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