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Men With Guns (1997)



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Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages. His trip soon becomes a quest, politically awakening him when he finds out that one of his students was killed by the army.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Lachy Hulme, John Sayles
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 23, 2003
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Federico Luppi
as Dr. Fuentes
Tania Cruz
as Graciela
Damián Alcázar
as Padre Portillo
Carmen Madrid
as Angela, Dr. Fuentes...
Esteban Soberanes
as Raul, Angela's Fian...
Alejandro Springall
as Carlos, Dr. Fuentes...
Ivan Arango
as Cienfuegos
Luis Ramirez
as Hidalgo
Gabriel Cosme
as Echevarria
Efrine Elfaro
as Kokal Driver
Pedro Hernández
as Kokal Driver
as Salt Man
Lolo Navarro
as Blind Woman
Maggie Renzi
as Tourist by Pool
Shari Gray
as Tourist by Pool
Paco Mauri
as Captain
Gilma Tuyub Castillo
as Mother With Baby
Fernando Medel
as Barber's Client
Raul Sanchez
as Gum Person
Miguel Xocua
as Modelo Boy
Guadalupe Xocua
as Modelo Woman
Nazario Montiel
as Guerrilla
Donal Logue
as Goldman
Max Perlich
as Easy Gary
Paul Sorvino
as Horace Burke
Joseph Griffin
as Mickey Burke
Derek Ritschel
as Kevin Janey
Derek Ritschel
as Kevin Janey
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Critic Reviews for Men With Guns

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (13)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | December 23, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Quintessentially Sayles

August 19, 2005
Film Threat

A sort of Heart of Darkness in South America

May 28, 2005
New Times

The themes of family, civil war, and leaving a lasting legacy resonate strongly.

Full Review… | December 8, 2004

Audience Reviews for Men With Guns


This was my first John Sayles film that I am aware of. It came from my list of Films from the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival and as I have said in each review of a film from that list, they have yet to show a bad film. I am told that Sayles is a Independent American Filmmaker and he proves it in this film. A film in Spanish language with English Subtitles. A story of a Doctor in a Latin American Country who goes on a search for his students that he trained years before, they are spread out in the rain forest. The students he finds out have been killed over the years by soldiers or guerrillas, bandits or thieves, all of who are Men With Guns. The cast is unheard of by most Americans, but neither the subtitles nor the cast take away from the movie. 4 1/2 stars I have to give this one.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Powerful film. Worthwhile.

Steve K

Super Reviewer

Another Sayles masterpiece. Where did that guy go anyways? I realize that the quality of his films has deteriorated but surely he has more stories to tell us?

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Men With Guns Quotes

Domingo the soldier: Could you hear my confession?
Padre Portillo the priest: i'm not a priest anymore. I don't wear a cassock see?
Domingo the soldier: I was a soldier but now i don't wear the uniform. Does that mean i haven't killed anyone?
Padre Portillo the priest: Killing the enemy in battle isn't the same as murder...
– Submitted by Carlos A (4 years ago)

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