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Gunmen (1993)

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This film opens with a big fat close-up of a sweaty prisoner with a fly (on a string) crawling on his face. The prisoner quickly pops the fly in his mouth and spits it out. Then he leeringly laughs about it to the prisoner next door. Nope. This is not a bad undiscovered Sergio Leone spaghetti western. Rather it is the opening shot Deran Sarafin's Gunmen -- a brainless action film without an original thought in its head. Christopher Lambert is the fly-eater, a man named Dani Servigo, the brother of a dead smuggler and a prisoner in a South American jail, who holds the secret to the whereabouts of $400,000 in stolen drug money. The walls of the prison explode, and Cole Parker (Mario Van Pebbles) makes his entrance. Cole is a mercenary working with the DEA who is in this South American hellhole to mop up the drug traders and to avenge his father's death at the hands of the drug traders. He wants Dani to lead him to the gold. In this love-hate buddy film, the two thrown-together friends/enemies race through the Amazon jungle with ruthless assassins in pursuit, as they all gravitate towards the secret stash of money.

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Cast

Richard C. Sarafian
as Chief Chavez
Andaluz Russell
as Guzman's Wife
George Parra
as Rebel Leader
Charles Stewart
as Knife Grinder
Rena Riffel
as Loomis' Bride
Rakim
as Himself
Dr. Dre
as Himself
Ed Lover
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for Gunmen

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

A routine, vacuous actioner that tries to mix thrills with humor.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

Sarafian is an unpretentious, easy-to-please director, with an eye for quirky character detail and a dab hand at the macho stuff.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

[A] witless action movie.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/5
New York Times
Top Critic

Gunmen, at the very least, does moviegoers the favor of instantly revealing how stupid and cheesy it is, thus sparing us the elevated expectations of fun.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
Top Critic

Gunmen is a movie without plan, inspiration or originality - and to that list I would add coherence, except that I am not sure this movie would place much value on a plot that hangs together.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Though constrained by limited funds, it delivers the action goods with surprising style and boasts a better than average cast.

January 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Gunmen

An absurdly fun and dementedly entertaining action-comedy. A side-splitting, massively double-crossing and wickedly enjoyable thrill-ride of a movie. Christopher Lambert and Mario Can Peebles are a wild, unpredictable and incredibly amusing team, they are having a blast with these characters. An unstoppably fun buddy movie. It has enough action, laughs and screw overs to have you amused through every minute.

Al S
Al S

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A loose remake of 'The Good, The Bad and the Ugly'.

A.D. Villarreal
A.D. Villarreal

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