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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.


Critic Reviews for Gunmen

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (11)

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

    Mar 26, 2009

    Emanuel Levy

    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.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • [A] witless action movie.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Though constrained by limited funds, it delivers the action goods with surprising style and boasts a better than average cast.

    Jan 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gunmen

  • May 28, 2011
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2007
    A loose remake of 'The Good, The Bad and the Ugly'.
    A.D. V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2007
    <b> This is one of those Movies. I wouldnt wanna miss anytime they bring it up on TV. I cannt find it on DVD. I just love the Movie. My fav Scene is where Cole(Mario van Peebles) pretends asleep and Dani(Christoper Lambert) want to take advantage of it, as he thinks COLE is a sleeptalker. What a funny Scene. When Cole says: "Kiss me Honey"
    Lilo C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2006
    This is a decent action movie. It stars Christopher Lambert, Patrick Stewart, Denis Leary and Mario Van Peebles. Comes across as your typical action adventure movie. The story is solid and has enough decent action and gun fight scenes to entertain. Even with this great cast the story does have holes in it. But overall it passes as a decent movie to entertain. Worth a one time watch if your a fan of any of the actors in it.
    Corey n Super Reviewer

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