Love and a .45 (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Love and a .45 (1994)




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Two young lovers go on the run from the law after a convenience store robbery goes bad in this road movie. Love and a .45 centers on philosophically inclined thief Watty Watts (Gil Bellows), who believes in a little robbery but not real violence. An ill-advised collaboration with a crazed, drugged-out biker (Rory Cochrane) ends badly, however, forcing Watty to go on the run. His girlfriend Starlene (Renee Zellweger) joins him, and the two become media darlings thanks to television coverage of their flight from the law. First-time director C.M. Talkington's combination of violence and ironic attitude recalls both 1970s crime dramas and Quentin Tarantino's violent, quirky takes on the genre. However, the film's warmed-over feel may be redeemed by its irreverent tone and appealing performances, including a self-parodying appearance by Peter Fonda.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
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Written By: C.M. Talkington
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On DVD: Jun 8, 1999


Gil Bellows
as Watty Watts
Renée Zellweger
as Starlene Cheatham
Rory Cochrane
as Billy Mack Black
Jeffrey Combs
as Dino Bob
Jace Alexander
as Creepy Cody
Michael Bowen
as Ranger X
Ann Wedgeworth
as Thaylene Cheatham
Peter Fonda
as Vergil Cheatham
Wiley Wiggins
as Young Clerk
Jack Nance
as Justice Thurman
Brad Leland
as Armored Truck Driver
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Critic Reviews for Love and a .45

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | April 8, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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quite a BANG!

May 6, 2005
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Love and a .45

When a convenience store robbery goes wrong, a professional thief and his true love head to Mexico pursued by the cops, a pair of drug addled hitmen and his psychotic ex-partner. Original, Love And A .45 is not. But although blatantly pillaging True Romance, Wild At Heart and Reservoir Dogs, it's written and directed with enough style and understanding of the genre that it has enough going for it to make it a pretty decent blood spattered road movie. Gil Bellows and a surprisingly hot Renee Zellweger make a likeable couple and they are ably supported by Rory Cochrane's manic turn as the scumbag who's the source of all their woes and Jeffrey (Reanimator) Combs is clearly enjoying himself as the obligatory wacky hitman. The one handicap is its insistence on having wacky characters shoot up drugs and wave guns around instead of any real plot development which means it has run out of steam by the rather anti-climactic ending. The low budget means it's not the measure of a Tarantino or Rodriguez, but it's still at least as good as the likes of Kalifornia and Red Rock West and a lot better than the wildly over-rated Natural Born Killers.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

the hot empty wastes of the american west inexorably bring trouble to mind and so herein a lonesome tale of love and death for one trailerpark couple that simply are minding their own business...with a pair of .45's, welcome to america. gil bellows (what ever happened to him?) and renee zellweger dance with the devil in a cousin coda to "natural born killers".

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Picture True Romance. Except not as good.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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