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Jane Got a Gun (2015)

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A woman asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him.

Director:

Gavin O'Connor

Writers:

Brian Duffield (screenplay), Anthony Tambakis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Portman ... Jane Hammond
Joel Edgerton ... Dan Frost
Ewan McGregor ... John Bishop
Noah Emmerich ... Bill Hammond
Boyd Holbrook ... Vic Owen
Rodrigo Santoro ... Fitchum
James Burnett James Burnett ... Cunny Charlie
Sam Quinn ... Slow Jeremiah
Maisie McMaster Maisie McMaster ... Kate
Jenny Gabrielle ... Whore
Alex Manette ... Buck
Piper Sheets Piper Sheets ... Mary
Celia Kessler Celia Kessler ... Jig Girl
Linda Martin Linda Martin ... Madame
Kristin Hansen ... Woman #1 (as Kristen Hansen)
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Storyline

Jane Got a Gun centers on Jane Hammond, who has built a new life with her husband Bill "Ham" Hammond after being tormented by the ultra-violent Bishop Boys outlaw gang. She finds herself in the gang's cross-hairs once again when Ham stumbles home riddled with bullets after dueling with the Boys and their relentless mastermind Colin. With the vengeful crew hot on Ham's trail, Jane has nowhere to turn but to her former fiancé Dan Frost for help in defending her family against certain destruction. Haunted by old memories, Jane's past meets the present in a heart-stopping battle for survival. Written by Relativity

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She turned to her past to protect her family. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armée et dangereuse See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$803,000, 31 January 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$1,512,815, 21 February 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This is the 5th time that Gavin O'Connor has directed a film starring Noah Emmerich. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Jane says she is looking for gunslinger, the term gunslinger was not used until the 1920's. See more »

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[first lines]
Jane Hammond: [whispering a bedtime story] Callie and Decca were two sisters. They were on a boat. They're in the water, and Callie said to Decca, "Decca, will you tell me the story about the upside-down tree again please?" And Decca said, "Once upon a time, there was an upside-down tree. And anyone who walked in through the door of its trunk would be immediately turned to good if they were bad." Callie said, "I would really like to see that tree sometime." They went on and on in the water. Can ...
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Referenced in Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: Jane Got a Gun (2016) See more »

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Streets of Laredo
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Arranged and Performed by Squeek Steele
By arrangement with Saddle Butte Music
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A decent film despite a slow start and tedious flashbacks
25 September 2016 | by stukateSee all my reviews

Overall, it was a good movie; despite a slow start and the amount of back story that tried to clutter it.

For a movie that had an astonishing - and rather disappointing - amount of last-minute changes (Jude Law - and then Bradley Cooper - and Micheal Fassbender both pulled out of the leading male roles; Lynne Ramsay was also supposed to be directing) it is still a good film.

The performances are decent, although it's really Edgerton, not Portman, who makes a firm statement; succeeding in overshadowing even Jane's big hat. Ewan McGregor looks out of place, but his acting's not bad. None of the acting is bad; they're solid and professional and Portman and McGregor both try to make their American accents work. They barely manage, but it's nothing worth criticism.

The soundtrack is awesome. Equally, the cinematography is decent and shows off enough scenery and dust to ground a Western. The film is a good twist on the genre's stereotypes and clichés. Its feminist undercurrents are addressed and it speaks for the tragedy for women in those times, but for all Jane's firm words, loose gun belt and very big hat, she really is little more than a damsel-in- distress. The fact that she has a child (two, actually) does give another firm twist to what we expect of a Western, and yet all the backstory, etc, that was supposed to serve as a emotional foundation for the mother-and- daughter situation, was forced and uneven. Which brings me to.....

Some cons: Until more than about half-way, the film is tedious, slow, and even rather quite boring. The flashbacks seem forced and cut suspense away from the main story/threat. The whole story shuffles, almost aimlessly, without much urgency or real threat since we're left guessing for much of the first half what John Bishop and his boys actually have against Jane and her family. That said, the story seems almost afraid to show its climax ; quite literally, actually, considering that the lighting is painfully poor at the climax. To be honest, the film works best at its action sequences. The quiet moments do little to evoke sympathy and instead are rather boring.

I enjoyed it. Its climax was satisfying, however slow the start might have been, and it's a decent film :)


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