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American Gun (2005)

R | | Drama | 22 March 2006 (USA)
Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.

Director:

Aric Avelino

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcia Gay Harden ... Janet Huttenson
Forest Whitaker ... Carter
Donald Sutherland ... Carl Wilk
Lisa Long ... Sandra Cohen
Chris Warren ... Marcus (as Chris Warren Jr.)
David Heymann David Heymann ... Producer
Chris Marquette ... David Huttenson
Amanda Seyfried ... Mouse
Nikki Reed ... Tally
Joseph Kell ... Security Guard
Tony Goldwyn ... Frank
Rex Linn ... Earl
Kevin Phillips ... Reggie
Davenia McFadden Davenia McFadden ... Felicia
Linda Cardellini ... Mary Ann Wilk
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Storyline

A series of interwoven story lines brings to light how the proliferation of guns in America dramatically influence and shape every day lives. A gun shop owner, an ace student, a single mother, and a school principal are among those profoundly affected. Written by Unit Publicist

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One nation under fire.

Genres:

Drama

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Rated R for violent content and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pesadelo Americano See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,700, 22 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,030, 28 May 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The central idea for the film came from an article in the L.A. Times. In addition, the writers were influenced by a friend, who related stories about how students from a Chicago school district brought guns to school, not to use them inside, but because of the dangerous neighborhoods they live in or walk through every day. See more »

Goofs

During the scene in which David fights with his mother about moving his brother's bed, when David leaves the bedroom the back of his shirt is spotty with sweat. When he leaves the house a few moments later, his shirt is dry. See more »

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Written by: The Colored Orphans and Shannone Holt
Performed by: Shannone Holt
Courtesy of: True York Entertainment
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Whether you are pro or anti-gun, this movie will make you question what you believe
23 January 2007 | by meggietSee all my reviews

"American Gun" is an amazing, quiet movie that packs so much into an hour and 37 minutes. It's about the lives, ones of desperation and defeat, that different people around the nation live with every day, ones affected by guns.

Marcia Gay Harden plays a single mother whose son participated in a shooting at his high school and was killed. Even though that was years ago, she lives trapped in that time, that single moment that shaped her life and her younger son's life forever. For anyone who heard about the tragedy at Columbine, saw the footage and were outraged, for anyone who thought, "What were the parents doing? Why didn't they stop those children from taking guns into that school?" this movie shows the other side. And will make you think.

Linda Cardellini is a college student who works in her grandfather's (played by Donald Sutherland) gun shop. She's uncomfortable around him, around the shop, but family obligation keep there day after day.

Arlen Escarpeta plays Jay, an African-American high school student who carries a gun to school. But he's also a straight A student and takes care of his mother and younger siblings.

At the heart of this movie is Carter (Forest Whitaker), a principal at Jay's high school, a man who is there to make a difference. He talks to those kids, he tries to make them understand there's more to life than guns and gangs. He's so dedicated that sometimes he neglects his own family to help others.

There are no easy stereotypes in this movie, no pat answers. No one is simply one thing. The main characters are real, sometimes unrelentingly horrible, sometimes kind to each other. Whether you are pro or anti-gun, this movie will make you question what you believe and give you something to think about.


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