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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:

Sparks fly when real killers collide. 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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Trivia

Christopher Lambert only worked on the film for 2 days. He was scheduled for 3 days, but had a prior commitment so he could only work for 2 days. 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

Marcus: Let's just say that once upon a time, there were 3 bears
Lou: Oh God, not another story!
D: Yeah Marcus, just spit it out!
Marcus: The bears went out one day looking for food which was other bears
Lou: Ah, cannibalistic bears!
Marcus: And when these 3 bears got back to their house, they found little Goldilocks sleeping in their bed. Just before they could eat her, Papa bear said, 'Now just wait, we're cannibalistic bears!'
D: Yes, yes we are
Lou: I wanna be Mama bear
D: *Three* bears
Marcus: Ah, the bears. Goldilocks is tasty to us so ...
[...]
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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

References The Elephant Man (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Esta noche sin ti
Written by Anthony Riparetti (as Tony Riparetti), Roberto Amaral and Steve LeGassick (as Steve Le Gassick)
Published by Tony Riparetti Music ASCAP
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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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