Guncrazy

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63%

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Total Count: 8

40%

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Not so much a remake of Joseph H. Lewis's 1949 film noir classic as a variation on its themes, Guncrazy stars Drew Barrymore as Anita, a teenage girl who was born in a trailer park on the wrong side of the tracks and has been fighting a losing battle with respectability ever since. Anita was abused sexually by her mother's boyfriend (played by onetime Warhol "superstar" Joe Dallesandro), is the subject of lewd advances by the school bullies, and is looked on as a slut and a loser by her peers. When Anita has to find a pen pal for a class assignment, she ends up corresponding with a prisoner named Howard (James LeGros), who's serving time for manslaughter. Howard is one of the first people to address Anita with tenderness and respect, so when he gets parole, Howard moves in with her. Howard's obsessive love of guns, however, once again leads to violence, and the couple hits the road hoping to escape their fates. The debut film from director Tamra Davis, Guncrazy was originally shown on cable television, but received enough critical acclaim to merit a later theatrical release.

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Cast

Drew Barrymore
as Anita Minteer
Michael Ironside
as Mr. Kincaid
Robert Greenberg
as Mr. Sheets
Willow Tipton
as School Girl
Tom Smith-Alden
as Parole Officer No. 1
Wheaton James
as Parole Officer No. 2
Gerald Lynn Walker
as Parole Officer No. 3
Ida Lee
as Parishioner
Ray Bickel
as Officer with Bullhorn
Herb Weld
as Clyde
Dick Warlock
as Sheriff
Neal Jano
as Patient
Jaid Barrymore
as Woman with Dog
Sally Norvell
as Waitress
Paul Janossy
as Man at Mall
Billy Bates
as Officer at Fountain
Zane W. Levitt
as Ed Hopper
William Nagel
as Tow Truck Driver
Leo Lee
as Soda Pop
Rowena Guinness
as Ruby the Prostitute
Harrison Young
as Howard's Dad
Diane Firestone
as News Reporter
Michael Franco
as Officer Frank
Ray Bickle
as Officer with Bullhorn
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Critic Reviews for Guncrazy

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Audience Reviews for Guncrazy

  • Sep 06, 2010
    I loved this movie when I saw it on TV a few years ago, but then I saw similar movies that were way better than this one. Well, at least this one has an awesome performance from Drew Barrymore. It's like a teenage version of a Bonnie and Clyde type story. I'd like to watch it again sometime.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2008
    Original rating of 4 stars still holds after a 2017 rewatch. Loved this movie when I first saw it in the 90's. Yes, it is a bit dark and nasty, and was probably straight to VHS at the time, but Drew is fantastic here. She really makes Anita sympathetic as an isolated young girl with a horrible home life who makes a bad choice.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2007
    Disturbing and creepy. Reminds me of a low budget NATURAL BORN KILLERS.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2007
    Sub Tarantino fare starring Drew Barrymore before her renaissance. A little trashy and straight to video, but not a bad crime cum road movie. It doesn't hold a candle to Badlands or True Romance though.
    xGary X Super Reviewer

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