Men With Guns

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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.


Federico Luppi
as Dr. Fuentes
Tania Cruz
as Graciela
Damián Alcázar
as Padre Portillo
Carmen Madrid
as Angela, Dr. Fuentes' Daughter
Esteban Soberanes
as Raul, Angela's Fiance
Alejandro Springall
as Carlos, Dr. Fuentes' Son
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
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Critic Reviews for Men With Guns

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Audience Reviews for Men With Guns

  • Jan 19, 2012
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2009
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2008
    Very interesting film from the great John Sayles. Shot mostly in Spanish this is a great character study that as you watch it you sink completely into the movies world. It was cool how Sayles added Patinkin in there to jolt you out of it for a minute, just to remind you that you were hypnotized.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2007
    To the innocent bystander, the poverty stricken populance caught in the middle of a revolution/civil war/coup d'etat, there is no difference between the dictators and the democrats, the fascists and the socialists, the military and the paramilitary, no heroes and no villains. There are only the men with guns and themselves, and the men with guns always get what they want. This rarely shown side of armed conflict is at the heart of this brave film, which dares to empathize without preaching. The film is as simple as its title, and no less profound for it. Shot entirely in spanish (as opposed to entirely in english with the cast donning 'spanglish' accents, thank you) and taking place in a purposefully unnamed country, it is structured like a road movie whose ultimate destination is a mythical utopic town in the jungle. So rarely has a film captured the spirit or the reality of Latin America, and the fact that this one, directed by a man from Boston, managed to do both, brings hope.
    Eduardo C Super Reviewer

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