American Gun


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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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.

Mar 23, 2006 | Rating: C-
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Martin internalizes everything, and Coburn must communicate only through pained looks. It's a tremendous performance.

Nov 6, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 26, 2002

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.

Apr 13, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 21, 2005 | Full Review…

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

Jul 21, 2004 | Rating: 53/100

Audience Reviews for American Gun


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

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