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Men with Guns (1997)

Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages... See full summary »

Director:

John Sayles

Writer:

John Sayles
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Federico Luppi ... Dr. Fuentes
Damián Delgado ... Soldier - Domingo
Dan Rivera González Dan Rivera González ... Boy - Conejo
Tania Cruz Tania Cruz ... Mute Girl - Graciela
Damián Alcázar ... Priest - Padre Portillo
Mandy Patinkin ... Andrew
Kathryn Grody ... Harriet
Iguandili López Iguandili López ... Mother
Nandi Luna Ramírez Nandi Luna Ramírez ... Daughter
Rafael de Quevedo Rafael de Quevedo ... General
Carmen Madrid ... Angela
Esteban Soberanes Esteban Soberanes ... Raúl
Alejandro Springall ... Carlos
Maricruz Nájera Maricruz Nájera ... Rich Lady
Jacqueline Voltaire ... Rich Lady (as Jacqueline Walters Voltaire)
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Storyline

Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages. His trip soon becomes a quest, politically awakening him when he finds out that one of his students was killed by the army. Written by Anonymous

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Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »
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Trivia

John Sayles wrote his first draft in Spanish, the second in English and then polished it back into Spanish for his third draft. See more »

Quotes

Barber's Client: Nobody refuses the men with guns.
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References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Mi Cumbia
Written by Lucho Bermúdez
Performed by Ramón Ropaín
Courtesy of Discos Fuentes
By Arrangement with Vedisco Records
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The Best Film of 1998
9 March 1999 | by NoesisSee all my reviews

Barely edging out "The Spanish Prisoner" as the best film of 1998, "Men With Guns" offers quiet genius and delight for those willing to go beyond the mainstream. Although overlooked by most viewers John Sayles has basically incorporated the elemental characters of "The Wizard of Oz" and placed the dreams and desires of idealists in the cruel setting of the real world, where ever that might be. The setting of an unidentified Latin American country shows that things such as the atrocities performed by the men with guns can happen anywhere - in a developed Latin American nation or in the United States of America.

John Sayles, America's most prolific director, holds in his visions more insight into the complex workings of humanity than most other directors present in an abundance of visual effects and in-your-face techniques. AMPAS has yet again failed to recognize genuine substance but hopefully this film, another in a long line of accomplishments that presents wondrous film making and excellent storytelling, will not be forgotten.


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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

Spanish | Italian | English | Nahuatl | Maya | Tzotzil | Kuna

Release Date:

27 March 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hombres armados See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$910,773

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$910,773
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Dolby

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Color (Technicolor)
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