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American Gun (2002)

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James Coburn stars in this disappointing drama about a man who tracks the gun he believes killed his daughter. Living out his twilight years in a dreary, snowbound Vermont town, tragedy strikes when his beloved daughter (Virginia Madsen) returns home for the holidays. While out doing some last minute shopping, she is shot and killed, seemingly by a nameless local thug. Crushed by her tragic and sudden death Coburn's hard-working everyman falls to pieces and decides to set out on in search of the weapon that laid the final blow. Also in search of his estranged granddaughter, Coburn crisscrosses the country as he comes into contact with the various owners of the titular weapon, hearing each of their diverse stories.
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Cast

Ryan Locke
as Young Martin
Niesha Trout
as Young Anne
Toby Smith
as Valerie
Paula O'Hara
as Jasmine
Martin Kove
as Theodore Huntley
Steve Pratt
as Gunstore Manager
Jerry Airola
as Drill Sergeant
Jason Argento
as Vermont Punk
Nick Attwood
as Prom Date
Antoni Coracchione
as Charles Anderson
Roger Vern Crofoot
as Gun Assembler
Joely Diaz
as Gun Smuggler
David Fontani
as Vegas Punk
Devin Irish
as Mia as Child
Chapin Long
as Martin as a Child
Wally Beatty
as Gun Clerk
Lorna Paul
as Waitress
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Critic Reviews for American Gun

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

[It's] what happens when a director makes a movie based on what he imagines to be true, instead of what's actually so.

March 23, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Martin internalizes everything, and Coburn must communicate only through pained looks. It's a tremendous performance.

Full Review… | November 6, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Getting a lot of quality cinema out of a tight budget, Jacobs (Just One Night) takes some risks in the storytelling department that result in a film that encourages one to think long and hard about the subject of guns.

September 26, 2002
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The film comes closer to doing for firearms what "Jurassic Park 3" did for dinosaurs. It showed lots of 'em, had them kill a few people and made you wish it would end sooner than it did.

Full Review… | April 13, 2006
Arizona Daily Star

Coburn is the whole show. Disregard the melodrama, and take it instead as a tone poem documenting the final, wintery ride of an irreplaceably magnificent bastard.

Full Review… | January 21, 2005
Portland Mercury

Its intentions are good, at least if you share the film's wariness of guns, but the execution so earnest as to be joyless.

July 21, 2004
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for American Gun

"I still believe in God...I just don't know what to make of him."-Martin Tillman (James Coburn) First off and foremost, James Coburn was the man (RIP). Exellent drama and true to life. Lets you decide for yourself, are guns good, bad? "Time is the great healer."-Anne Tillman (Barbara Bain)

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FilmGrinder Stone
½

All I can say about this film with out giving anything away is WOW. James Coburn played an excellent part, just a shame to see him in his elder years all crippled up with arthritis in his hands, watch closely and you will see it. This one shouldn't be missed. 3 1/2 stars

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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½

For such a methodical, slow-paced drama, this had surprising, clever twists in the end. A great movie and watching it is the equivilent of pouring out a 40 oz. on the curb for James Coburn as it was his last before he passed away.

Jake Conrad
Jake Conrad

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