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A Gun, a Car, a Blonde (1997)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | June 1997 (USA)
The story's hero Richard has lost much of his spine and the love of his life, due to cancer. He's in remission; but decimated in body, shattered in mind, and separated from inner\spiritual ... See full summary »


Stefani Ames
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Complete credited cast:
Jim Metzler ... Richard / Rick Stone
Andrea Thompson ... Jade Norfleet / The Blonde
Kay Lenz ... Madge / Richard's sister
Norma Maldonado ... Adele / Bunny
John Ritter ... Duncan / The Bartender
Victor Love ... Bobby / The Black Chinaman
Billy Bob Thornton ... Syd / Monk
Paul Parducci ... Bear / Petrovich
Paula Marshall ... Deborah / Girl In Photograph
Vann Johnson Vann Johnson ... The Singer
Time Winters ... Ed / Catalina Eddie


The story's hero Richard has lost much of his spine and the love of his life, due to cancer. He's in remission; but decimated in body, shattered in mind, and separated from inner\spiritual peace. He uses "object therapy" suggested by his lifelong pal Duncan to project his consciousness into an alternative reality, where he becomes "Rick Stone" - a soft-hearted, tough acting, Private Dick (P.I.) It is here that he works through his existential fight to survive and transcend life. Written by DRory

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Believe nothing. Trust no one.


Drama | Thriller


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Good Talent Gone To Waste
15 August 2000 | by jhcluesSee all my reviews

The talents of Billy Bob Thornton, Kay Lenz, John Ritter and Andrea Thompson aren't enough to salvage this crass and unimaginative drivel about Richard (Jim Metzler), a man with spinal cancer who discovers he can escape the pain for awhile through the use of `Objectification therapy.' By submerging himself into what is essentially a deep daydream, he is able to transport himself into an imaginary, black-and-white film noir world in which he is a Private Eye named Rick Stone. Apparently, director Stefani Ames had a limited shooting schedule on this film; too many scenes play like they were done in a single take with no rehearsal, as if the actors came away from the table after the initial cold reading with the cameras already rolling. Though obviously attempting to evoke the B-movies of the forties, the dialogue is laughably bad, especially in the black-and-white segments. Metzler's character, a cancer victim no less, is inexplicably unsympathetic, and Kay Lenz will not be getting a career boost from her turn as Richard's shrewish sister, `Peep.' Billy Bob Thornton and John Ritter will always have `Sling Blade,' and at least Andrea Thompson was lucky enough to escape this sort of fare for a spot on TV's `NYPD Blue.' The unfortunates rounding out the supporting cast include Victor Love, Norma Maldonado and Paula Marshall. The best thing that can be said about this film is that it makes one appreciate a really good movie. Where's Bogart or Mitchum when you need them? I rate this one 1/10.

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June 1997 (USA) See more »

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