Love and a .45

Overview

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....
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Trailer; Production commentary; Deleted scenes; Music video; Storyboard comparisons
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
A terrific performance by Renee Zellweger and a couple of amusing cameos are the brightest spots in this jokey mixture of outlaw romance and the old ultra-violence. Zellweger struts and sasses her way through a part whose brassiness flies in the face of her later, more vulnerable roles, while hippie survivor Peter Fonda and Texan actress Ann Wedgeworth (vivacious Lana from Three's Company) have fun as her trashy, nouveau riche parents. Gil Bellows tries his best to enliven the part of the protagonist, but really, his Watty Watts is just another of those interchangeable '90s antiheroes -- an opportunist with a handsome face and a few stray scruples. Writer/director C.M. Talkington stages an audacious and amusing opening sequence in which Watts schools a hapless teen convenience-store clerk in the ways of the world. But from there, it's mostly wink-nudge shoot-em-ups and stock lovers-on-the-lam horseplay. Rory Cochrane does attack the role of Billy Mack Black with a lot of conviction; it's hard not to love the character's inventive way of shooting up speed with a tattoo needle. But there's too much of Brad Pitt's similar turn in Kalifornia in Cochrane's portrayal, and, despite a more assured tone, too much of that film's also-ran aura in general. Love and a .45 isn't necessarily derivative of Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone, but it certainly taps into the same zeitgeist as those directors. Unfortunately, it does so with less originality and style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2008
  • UPC: 031398100089
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 32,162

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gil Bellows Watty Watts
Renée Zellweger Starlene Cheatham
Rory Cochrane Billy Mack Black
Jeffrey Combs Dino Bob
Jace Alexander Creepy Cody
Michael Bowen Ranger X
Peter Fonda Vergil Cheatham
Jack Nance Justice Thurmar
Ann Wedgeworth Thaylene Cheatham
Tammy Le Blanc Stipper
Wiley Wiggins Young Clerk
Charlotte Ross Mary Ann
Brad Leland Armored Truck Driver
Technical Credits
C.M. Talkington Director, Screenwriter
Mark Amin Executive Producer, Producer
Bob Ducsay Editor
Bill Fiege Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Hersh Executive Producer
Andrew Hirsch Executive Producer
Kris Krengel Asst. Director
Pilar McCurry Musical Direction/Supervision
D. Montgomery Art Director
Deborah Pastor Production Designer
Kari Perkins Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Darin Scott Producer
Jim Steele Co-producer
Tom Verlaine Score Composer
Happy Walters Musical Direction/Supervision
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Love and a .45
1. How'd You Know? [5:05]
2. Roadway Distress [2:09]
3. Loaded Gun [2:19]
4. Risk Mangement [2:09]
5. Honest Woman [2:22]
6. Payday [2:18]
7. Save My Soul [4:08]
8. Bass Boat [2:09]
9. Funny Mom [3:34]
10. Money [1:37]
11. Girlfriend, Car, & a Trailer Home [1:39]
12. Eggs [3:44]
13. Follow You to Oklahoma [2:30]
14. Your Wife [5:50]
15. Taxidermist [2:19]
16. Real Diamonds [2:07]
17. Shotgun Wedding [3:59]
18. Victor Van Gogh [6:03]
19. Handicapped Suburban Hippies [6:15]
20. Non-Dairy Creamer [1:52]
21. Explosive Dead Bolts [1:15]
22. Oath [2:06]
23. Coin Toss [5:02]
24. Bob? [2:17]
25. Bank [3:26]
26. Film [2:16]
27. Triangle [4:32]
28. Make-Up [2:21]
29. Reflexes [7:27]
30. Free [6:23]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Love and a .45
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Subtitles
      Spanish
      French
      English
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   Trailer
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
         Car Sex
         Speed Lab
         Interview
         Club Soda
      Storyboards
         Reflexes
            Comparison
         Funny Man
            Comparison
      Production Commentary: On
      Production Commentary: Off
   Additional Junk
      Father Pecro
      Horton Heat
      Crime Channel
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