Gunshy (1998)




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In this crime drama, New York journalist Jake Bridges, off on a bender in Atlantic City, gets into a bar confrontation with Lew Collins but is rescued by gregarious gangster Frankie McGregor. Admiring Bridges's credentials as a writer, Frankie cultivates his companionship in order to upgrade his schooling in literature.
R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sterling Entertainment

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Diane Lane
as Melissa
Kevin Gage
as Ward
John Fleck
as Willis
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Critic Reviews for Gunshy

All Critics (5)

It's clearly a good time with a good heart. Go see it.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Hollywood Report Card

Don't expect to be overwhelmed.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Apollo Guide

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February 27, 2004
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August 2, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Gunshy

Gunshy is one of those predictable movies whose ending defied prediction, which saved it from being rated a 1.5 star versus a 2.5 star feature (cable-generated). Petersen uses his CSI persona to deliver a Hemingwayish character and it fails miserably. The movie is saved from Petersen's flaws by Diane Lane and Michael Wincott who portray their characters believably. In spite of the off-screen and on-screen violence the movie does pull you into its plot and holds you there by virtue of a natural suspense and curiosity as to how the writer is going to get us all to the end. The ending is decidedly unpredictable, but in Hollywood style, also quite inconceivable. I give it 2 stars.

Richard Marconi
Richard Marconi

In an interesting twist on Born Yesterday a mob-type enforcer befriends a down-on-his-luck writer to help him and learn from him. There are definitely quite a few plot twists that kept things moving, but the direction was sadly lacking. I am a fan of William Petersen so I truly wanted to be engaged in this movie, to enjoy it, but it was just flat and two-dimensional. The acting was actually quite good and came through in spite of the poor directing, but it wasn't enough to carry the movie to the next level.

Kimber McLeod
Kimber McLeod

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