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Mean Guns (1997)

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... See full summary »

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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 »

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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:

| (TV) | (video)

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 »

Quotes

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

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Mambo Mambo
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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A quality b-movie
6 January 2004 | by whitegold76See all my reviews

Everything about this movie screams B-grade. From the dodgy name to the questionable cast to the dubious premise. The only thing that stops this from being a B-movie, is that it's actually really, really good.

When "The Syndicate", represented by Ice-T, gathers together it's less reliable members in an empty prison for a little game, the probability of violence was always going to be a definite.

What makes this movie different is in large part due to the choice of music. The utterly inappropriate Mambo soundtrack clashes with the violence, giving the movie a sort of trite, macabre humour. This humour gives a consistent feel throughout the movie, backed up by violence that while brutal is strangely un-graphic.

Mean Guns is an action movie with a quirky sense of humour and a brain. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it's an entertaining trip.


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