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American Gun (2002)

R | | Drama | 13 June 2002 (USA)
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When his daughter is shot just before Christmas, Martin Tillman journeys across the U.S. using the gun's serial number to track down the truth behind Penny's killing.

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Alan Jacobs

Writer:

Alan Jacobs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Coburn ... Martin Tillman
Virginia Madsen ... Penny Tillman
Barbara Bain ... Anne Tillman
Alexandra Holden ... Mia
Ryan Locke ... Young Martin
Niesha Trout Niesha Trout ... Young Anne
Jesse Pennington Jesse Pennington ... Pastor
Jason Winther Jason Winther ... Mike
Alex Feldman ... McNee
Paula O'Hara ... Jasmine
Martin Kove ... Theodore Huntley
Walter Jones ... J.B. (as Walter Emauel Jones)
Andrea C. Pearson Andrea C. Pearson ... Jewel
Anthony Harrell Anthony Harrell ... Kyle
Toby Smith Toby Smith ... Valerie
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Storyline

A father who embarks on a nationwide journey to trace the line of ownership of the gun that killed his daughter. Starting with the gun factory, Martin travels to gun stores, trade shows, and individuals, also searching for his runaway granddaughter. Written by Conrad Gangone

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Drama

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikai pisztoly See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paula O'Hara (Jasmine) was the real-life wife of 'James Coburn' (Martin Tillman). See more »

Goofs

While Coburn is reading the newspaper obituary of the gun maker's daughter at the American Gun factory, the date is shown as Thursday, March 18, 1988. However, 18 March 1988, actually fell on a Friday, not on a Thursday. See more »

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Young Martin: [narration] The first gun I ever held belonged to my grandfather. Grandpa said he fought alongside Teddy Roosevelt at San Juan Hill. But we never really believed him. Whatever it was he did there in Cuba, one thing is for sure, he brought home a service revolver. It was the most beautiful thing I ever saw.
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Soundtracks

American Gun Main Title
Music by Anthony Marinelli
Lyrics by William Blake (from the poem "The Lamb")
Performed by the Piedmont Boys Choir
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
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Amazing
31 July 2003 | by federpetSee all my reviews

By narrowing the focus to ONE victim, not guns in America or why do so many Americans kill each other with guns, Alan Jacobs creates a hypnotizing and heartbreaking film.

As James Coburn's character travels across the country tracking down previous owners of the gun that killed his daughter we meet people who have used, bought and sold it. The gun, gun owners, manufacturers are never made accountable for the actions of the shooter. The motive of this film is less to place guilt than it is to explore grief.

The performances are heart wrenching and the camera is unflinching. When I saw it at the Stony Brook Film Festival it's effect on the audience was profound. American Gun won the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature and if there is any justice it will win Academy Awards for Alan Jacobs, James Coburn and Barbara Bain.


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