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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Denis Leary
as Armor
Sally Kirkland
as Bennett
Dr. Dre
as Himself
Richard C. Sarafian
as Chief Chavez
Ed Lover
as Himself
Big Daddy Kane
as Himself
Christopher Williams
as Special Appearance
Rena Riffel
as Loomis' Bride
as Himself
Andaluz Russell
as Guzman's Wife
Charles Stewart
as Knife Grinder
George Parra
as Rebel Leader
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.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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[A] witless action movie.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Gunmen


There was a lot wrong with this movie: bad directing, bad acting, Christopher Lambert's annoying voice, Christopher Lambert's annoying laugh, random characters showing up in the middle of nowhere, nonsensical musical cameos, too many water jumps, Christopher Lambert's annoying voice, Christopher Lambert's annoying laugh...

Jeff B
Jeff B

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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what great film , the casting was fantastic . it was funny , action packed . Denis Leary and Patrick Stewart are bad guys was great . Lambert and Van Peebles played well of each other . What awesome film .

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