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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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Storyline

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sangue Frio 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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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Caan previously underwent professional handgun training with Chuck Taylor at Gunsite to prepare for his role in the crime drama Thief (1981). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Hale Chidduck: Do you believe in karma?
Joe Sarno: Karma's justice without the satisfaction. I don't believe in justice.
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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 »

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Referenced in Numbered with the Dead (2007) See more »

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Noir Ain't Dead-- It Was Just Resting
10 February 2007 | by QuicksandSee all my reviews

What I fail to understand is why if "The Usual Suspects" was so incredibly popular (because it was so freakin' good), "The Way of the Gun" gets stepped on, both at the box office upon its initial release, and in various, snarky IMDb user comments.

This movie isn't just good. It's INTENSE. It's DARK. There's not a single character in the movie who's likable, and some viewers attack that like it's a bad thing. The story line is complex, the relationships between the numerous characters are subtle and nuanced; and still, some viewers attack that like that's a bad thing.

Just because a viewer doesn't understand something, doesn't make the film bad. It's a difference of opinion, absolutely, but that doesn't make "The Way of the Gun" a bad film. Au contraire, this is a very smart film... and when a filmmaker is making a smart film about amoral, gun-toting outlaws, the people who come to see that sort of movie are going to feel confused and angry. Because they wanted it to be simple. They wanted easy answers, a clear-cut good guy and bad guy, and a happy ending. The way movies have gone since film noir faded away, decades ago.

But this film is not so simple, and neither are the characters within it, nor is the plot. Chris McQuarrie refuses to write something so cut-and-dry, so black-and-white. It's taut, it's tight, it rides a bad vibe from the opening sequence all the way down to the last line. This film is so gritty it makes me feel dirty after watching it... McQuarrie may be a victim of his own success, because it was released in the aftermath of "The Usual Suspects," but if it built up an underground following like "The Killer," it would be on the shelf of must-haves next to John Woo, Guy Ritchie and any other art film your parents wouldn't approve of.

Every character has his own motive, has his own backstory, and not all are necessarily spelled out for you. The dialogue is wound so tight, it snaps: "Fifteen million dollars is not money. It's a motive, with a universal adapter on it."

I own this movie, and on a dark, rainy afternoon, I'll whip it out on the unsuspecting guest... "It's from the writer of 'The Usual Suspects'" I tell them. And from the opening scene, they're INTO IT.

It's not for everyone. But don't you dare call it a bad film. This is where YOUR favorite filmmaker steals all of his ideas.


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