Guncrazy (1992)




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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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Drew Barrymore
as Anita Minteer
James LeGros
as Howard
Michael Ironside
as Mr. Kincaid
Robert Greenberg
as Mr. Sheets
Willow Tipton
as School Girl
Ildiko Jaid
as Woman with Dog
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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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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July 24, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | July 24, 2001
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Full Review… | July 24, 2001
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Guncrazy


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
Aj V

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This little Bonnie and Clyde imitation is rather cheap, tawdry, and nearly unpredictable. It needed a lot of improving, and more character to the story.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Anita is a high-school girl who frequently allows random boys and men to have sex with her, and is frequently raped by her absentee mother's boyfriend. As part of a school assignment Anita takes up correspondence with a lonely young prison inmate, whose letters stir up dormant desires for violence and guns. After buying herself a firearm, Anita convinces her mother's boyfriend to teach her how to use it, and, after he rapes her again, shoots him to death and hides the body. She then sets about getting her new "boyfriend" out of jail and to her, where she slowly drags him with her on her downward spiral of sex, violence, and murder for the sake of murder.

Danielle S
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