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The Way of the Gun (2000)

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Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Phillippe ... Mr. Parker
Benicio Del Toro ... Harold Longbaugh
Juliette Lewis ... Robin
Taye Diggs ... Jeffers
Nicky Katt ... Obecks
Geoffrey Lewis ... Abner Mercer
Dylan Kussman ... Dr. Allen Painter
Scott Wilson ... Hale Chidduck
Kristin Lehman ... Francesca Chidduck
James Caan ... Joe Sarno
Henry Griffin Henry Griffin ... P. Whipped
Armando Guerrero ... Federale #1 (as Mando Guerrero)
Andres Orozco ... Federale #2
Jan Hanks Jan Hanks ... Receptionist (as Jan Jensen)
José Pérez José Pérez ... ? (as Jose Perez)
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Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In a scene where Parker jumps into a well to take cover, he lands in several glass bottle and cutting his arm. The bottles did have labels, which were all approved to be used. When the sponsors saw what was done with the bottles, they asked to have their labels removed, because they were not approved as weapons. The filmmakers complied. See more »

Goofs

The amount of sweat on Dr. Painters shirt during the operation in the motel. See more »

Quotes

Parker: Then I heard him praying, now I lay me down to sleep I pray to the lord my soul to keep... and you know something it stayed with me .it bothered me. Of all the people I'd done it too, and that had to be the one I felt and to this day I can't go to sleep unless I say that prayer.
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Crazy Credits

Henry Griffin is listed as P. Whipped. He is the guy whose girlfriend is yelling at Parker and Longbaugh and ends up fighting them, thus he is "P[ussy] Whipped." See more »

Connections

References Papillon (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto No. 23A K.488
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Vienna Mozart Ensemble
Piano : Danyel Gérard
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Ode to Peckinpaugh -neo-noir pulp fiction
28 April 2004 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

THE WAY OF THE GUN (2000) ***1/2 Ryan Phillippe, Benicio del Toro, Juliette Lewis, James Caan, Taye Diggs, Nicky Katt, Scott Wilson, Kristin Lehmann, Geoffrey Lewis, Sarah Silverman.

Christopher McQuarrie makes his directing debut in a big way with an obvious nod to Sam Peckinpaugh with his screenplay about two ne'er do well criminals (Phillippe and del Toro, both exemplary) who decide to make a mark for themselves by kidnapping a very pregnant surrogate mother (Lewis) to a wealthy businessman (Wilson) that eventually pans out to be a big mistake in a tangled web involving the woman's bodyguards (Diggs and Katt) and the bagman friend of the rich man (Caan in one fine, low-key performance of nuanced dread). More than enough rich dialogue and pinpoint camera angle set ups to go around with some live wire moments of unexpected turnarounds, double crosses and shoot outs may be the film's only fault in being an excess of too much of a good thing. A roundelette of pulp fiction best served by its exciting cast (as a side note, del Toro reminded me for some reason as a young Robert Mitchum in some scenes; go figure) and a filmmaker to watch.


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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 September 2000 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,150,979, 10 September 2000

Gross USA:

$6,055,661

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,200,972
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1.85 : 1
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