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American Gun (2005)

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.


Aric Avelino
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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 ... 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


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?


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 »


When David is drawing the tattoo on Tally's leg, she takes her glasses off and places them beside her. In the next cut her glasses are on, and in the next cut her glasses are off. See more »


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It is no "Crash" but it did fire me up at times!
4 February 2007 | by meezaSee all my reviews

It is no "bullet-shit" that the enthralling independent film "American Gun" does fire major points on the American gun control issue within its intertwining plot. However, it is also no "bullet-shit" that "American Gun" did misfire with one of its story lines. A la "Crash", "American Gun" includes various characters within several story lines that focus on a controversial social issue. What struck me about "Crash" was its creative precision to detail on how the social issue (in 'Crash"- racism) all interconnected. In "American Gun" there are separate situations that are "bullet-proof", but hold no fundamental connective qualities on the gun control issue.

Here are my on-target shots of "American Gun": 1) On target: Marcia Gay Harden was mesmerizing as a mother of a fallen youth assailant who murdered several students and teachers in school grounds three years ago. Her story focuses on how she combatively tries to overcome the tragedy , and her challenge to supersede the pain by avidly trying to support her other son. 2) On target: Forest Whitaker's captivating performance as a high school principal who is dealt with the challenge of a youth gun control problem at the school he pilots. In other words, "Run, Forest, Run" before your students run the asylum well-armed. 3) On target: Tony Goldwyn's golden acting duty portraying a police officer who is guilt-ridden that he could not be more proactive in preventing the aforementioned school violence tragedy. 4) On target: Novice Writer-Director Aric Avelino's film-making & screen writing machinery efforts in the School Gun Control and the Grieving Mother/Remorseful Officer story lines.

Here are the misfires of "American Gun": 1) Misfire: Donald Sutherland's phlegmatic performance as a gun owner who tries to connect with his alienated granddaughter. 2) Misfire: The aforementioned storyline which had no relevance or impact to the American gun control issue. In other words, it had me gunning for more.

OK, that's it! I am a gunner , I mean "goner" with this one! *** Average

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Release Date:

26 December 2007 (Bahrain) See more »

Also Known As:

Pesadelo Americano See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,355, 26 March 2006

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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