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Shotgun (1989)

Not Rated | | Action, Thriller | June 1989 (West Germany)
Detective Ian 'Shotgun' Jones hunts a sadistic misogynistic maniac.

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Addison Randall

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Addison Randall
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Chapin Stuart Chapin ... Ian Jones
Rif Hutton ... Max Billings (as Riff Hutton)
David Marriott ... Rocker
Metanel Ryan Metanel Ryan ... Barbara Devlin
Jerry Neal Jerry Neal ... Lt. Steinbridge
Peter Morrison Peter Morrison ... Sam Butler
James Baker James Baker ... Riley Simms
Katie Caple Katie Caple ... Tanya Jones
Donna Ball Donna Ball ... Rhonda
Deniese Payne Deniese Payne ... Janice Billings (as Nicci Payne)
Rhonda Gray Rhonda Gray ... Sheri
Jastereo Coviare Jastereo Coviare ... Johnson Coolidge
Julian Kidd Julian Kidd ... Joey
Paulo Tocha ... Desk Clerk (as Pablo Tocha)
Denny Smith Denny Smith ... Dooley
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Detective Ian 'Shotgun' Jones hunts a sadistic misogynistic maniac.

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Action | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1989 (West Germany) See more »

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I karabina See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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PM Entertainment Group See more »
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Color
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Ian Jones: I used to carry a badge. Now I carry this.
[holds up a shotgun]
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References Gothic (1986) See more »

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Written, Produced & Performed by Jastereo Coviare
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GASP! Could this be another no budget flick from the prolific PM Entertainment Group Incorporated??
1 July 1999 | by FlyBoyDCSee all my reviews

Cowboy charlatan Ian Jones (Stuart Chapin) and his stern cop partner Max Billings (Rif Hutton) must track down a fiendish sex maniac with a lovely penchant for vulnerable whores. Believe it or not...he beats up his victims, who comprise mostly of prostitutes and hookers...to death!

This "Basher" is out for a taste of blood. He revels every second in the pleasure of inflicting pain on others. Among the Basher's victims include...Ian's sister. Yes, one of the hookers happens to be Ian's sister. What a big mistake for the masked murderer! Now, Ian has a dead sister to avenge...

Unfortunately for those two detectives, they must overcome their problems with alcoholism before they can take their jobs seriously. To make matters worse, when Ian's methods have gone too far, he gets suspended from the force for six months. Ian than takes a second job as a "Skip Tracer." This hot tempered ex-cop turned bounty hunter is enjoying every minute of his new occupation.

Now, without having to play by the rules, Ian must continue his pursuit of the Basher. What Ian uncovers though is more egregious... He learns of an underground drug ring operating in Mexico. The drug ring is lead by a wealthy lawyer. He is this twisted lawyer by day...and an evil villain who commands a well-armed fortress South of the Border.

Ian's mission is to terminate this drug emperor and destroy his empire and associates...but could this one antagonistic man be working in conjunction with the Basher?

Admittedly, when I first saw SHOTGUN, I was anticipating a high adrenaline thriller. Of course, I was crestfallen once again. The most distinct problem with SHOTGUN is that it never holds the viewer's interest. Though the film tries to be sleazy, it teases the viewer more than draws them into the story. The film quality stinks too! Expect lots of laughs in this movie though. There is occasional, unintentional hilarity in this film to keep connoisseurs mildly satisfied. One of the most amusing scenes was the depiction of police brutality. I mean, come on, the actors were not even touching let alone hitting each other. The dancing and party club scenes also evoked a reminder of how the decade of the 80s seemed so...Eighties. Who could forget the irritating rock music, especially the gratuitous heavy metal guitar, which began to get on my nerves?! Also notice how the same damn helicopter keeps appearing in virtually every other PM Entertainment motion picture!

Chapin (who kind of resembles Italian exploitation actor Al Cliver) looks and acts like the typically bland, hackneyed ex-policeman with a passion for vengeance. I also saw that actor who played Ian's sidekick somewhere else on TV...I just cannot remember where...

Well, I guess that this movie was not all too deplorable. The ending was half-decent even though it seemed to be too derivative of TANGO & CASH (1989). There was also one fast paced car chase. Otherwise, the action scenes were sloppily directed.

SHOTGUN does not have the capabilities to be either a thrilling or entertaining movie. It also lacks the drive to keep the momentum going. This is just another forgetful B-movie. I will say no more except to warn action fans to RUN AWAY as soon as they catch sight of this movie.

RATING: NO STARS out of ****.


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