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The Bible and Gun Club (1996)

A group of door-to-door salesmen are on their way to the national meeting. Sales haven't been very good this year and they are worried. Things get weird when the king of bible and gun sales... See full summary »

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Daniel J. Harris
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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Pamela Ackerman Pamela Ackerman ... Betsy Blue
Robert Blumenthal Robert Blumenthal
Pamela Demorest Pamela Demorest
Cheryl Dent ... Prom Girl
Kevin Hanley Kevin Hanley
Andy Kallok ... Stan
Ilya Lyudmirsky Ilya Lyudmirsky ... Pizza Clerk
Julian Ott Julian Ott
Wynn Reichert ... Emcee
Al Schuermann ... Bill
Don Scribner ... Homeless guy
Bill J. Stevens ... Rev. Dent
Don Yanan ... Phil
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A group of door-to-door salesmen are on their way to the national meeting. Sales haven't been very good this year and they are worried. Things get weird when the king of bible and gun sales says he is going to take over their turf. Let the bizarreness begin. Written by Matt Russell <aumgn@amphibious.net>

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Tell the Lord not to send His Son, tell the Lord to come Himself. They're gonna need Him.

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USA

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English

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10 June 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Drustvo biblija i oruzje See more »

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Spoofs Salesman (1969) See more »

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Very enjoyable indie
10 December 2005 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

The Bible and Gun Club may, as was pointed out by an earlier review, feature men in black suits ala Reservoir Dogs, but that's where the similarities to the films of Quentin Tarantino end. Unlike Tarantino, director Donald Harris is an imaginative, risk-taking filmmaker, who doesn't need to fall back on recreating scenes from better films in order to prove his knowledge of film-making. Tarantino manages to get quality name actors to regurgitate his jaded, clever-clever dialogue; Harris has amateur actors speaking words that are entirely believable. Tarantino uses music as a crutch; Harris uses music to enhance. Tarantino uses cues that hip radio listeners will instantly recognize; Harris uses music you've never heard before, and better music at that. Tarantino rips off entire scenes from movies he watched at the video store; Harris prefers verite style camera work that takes us places we haven't been before.

Is this a perfect film? No. The subplot about the quadriplegic is unnecessary and distasteful, and the finale is a bit of a let down. But by and large this is a far better film than Reservoir Dogs (which, in turn, is the only watchable film in the Tarantino canon), and it features some truly great performances by Don Yanan and Robert Blumenthal, amongst others. You haven't heard of Yanan and Blumenthal, because they're salesmen in real life. They'll never earn as much money as John Travolta does for kissing Quentin's ass, but they can die assured that at least they've appeared in a good film.


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