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Way of the Gun
     

The Way of the Gun

3.5 6
Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, James Caan

 

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Artisan has given Way of the Gun its due with a disc containing some interesting extra features. The "Cast and Crew" section includes decent biographies and extensive filmographies of all of the main actors and crew. In addition, certain sections include short clips from video interviews. The disc also provides the storyboards and script for an entirely

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Artisan has given Way of the Gun its due with a disc containing some interesting extra features. The "Cast and Crew" section includes decent biographies and extensive filmographies of all of the main actors and crew. In addition, certain sections include short clips from video interviews. The disc also provides the storyboards and script for an entirely different direction for the film. The opening is similar, although it exists at a coffee shop with a "Particularly Hip Man" instead of the long-haired goofball in the film. The real drawing point is the feature-length commentary with Christopher McQuarrie and composer Joe Kraemer. Kraemer basically plays the host role and asks the writer/director questions about the film. McQuarrie's comments are fairly scene-specific, but they provide a tremendous amount of insight into his ideas for the story. The second major feature is the isolated music track, with commentary by Kraemer. It's interesting to hear him explain the origin of the energetic, castanet-driven theme song. The images on the 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer include a significant amount of grain, but this corresponds with the overall look for the film -- though in several scenes, the amount is too much to dismiss as intentional. The black levels are solid, and the colors work efficiently within the muted tones in the story. For a film titled Way of the Gun, the story contains a surprisingly large number of extensive dialogue scenes. This lessens the effect of this excellent 5.1-channel Dolby Digital audio transfer. During the final shootout, however, the guns pop and crackle throughout the sound field.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
Scriptwriter Christopher McQuarrie's directorial debut is a leaner, meaner cousin to The Usual Suspects (which he wrote). Two wandering nuts, Parker and Longbaugh (Ryan Phillippe and Benicio Del Toro, respectively) attempt to make a quick buck donating sperm, only to hear about an odd fertilization scheme involving Robin (Juliette Lewis), who is pregnant with an affluent couple's child. After snatching Robin from two bodyguards, they hold her for ransom and then wend their way toward Mexico and the payoff and/or standoff. While Suspects hinged on a hoary whodunit plot, Way of the Gun ups the ante on character discovery. As the violence escalates, McQuarrie mercilessly peels each relationship apart, revealing so much information that the unborn child begins to suggest Kiss Me Deadly's Great Whatsit. One of the delights of this film is seeing Del Toro chew his part slowly, with a mannered cool that makes it look like he's still digesting his character onscreen. The Way of the Gun also brims with film-buff references and virtuoso gunplay. If anyone wants to create a Sam Peckinpah Award for first-time directors, McQuarrie wins for 2000.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/02/2001
UPC:
0012236104186
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Live / Artisan
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:59:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan Phillippe Parker
Benicio Del Toro Longbaugh
James Caan Joe Sarno
Juliette Lewis Robin
Taye Diggs Jeffers
Nicky Katt Obecks
Dylan Kussman Dr. Allen Painter
Scott Wilson Hale Chidduck
Kristin Lehman Francesca Chidduck
Geoffrey Lewis Abner

Technical Credits
Christopher McQuarrie Director,Screenwriter
Les Boothe Set Decoration/Design
William Paul Clark Asst. Director
Rodger Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Maia Javan Production Designer
Kenneth Kokin Producer
Joe Kraemer Score Composer
Lynn Kressel Casting,Costumes/Costume Designer
Russell D. Markowitz Executive Producer
Heather Neely McQuarrie Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas Meyer Art Director
Tom Meyer Art Director
Dick Pope Cinematographer
Cate Praggastis Casting
Steve Semel Editor
Earl Stein Sound/Sound Designer
Genevieve Tyrrell Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Scene Index
0. Scene Index
1. Longbaugh and Parker [2:44]
2. The Way of the Gun [1:03]
3. Off the Path [4:11]
4. Trust Life [3:22]
5. Doctor's Appointment [6:29]
6. "Follow Me, Tonto!" [4:21]
7. Convenience Store [4:29]
8. Medical Assistance [2:29]
9. "You Cannot Pay." [3:16]
10. A Favor [5:27]
11. Sarno [4:15]
12. Instructions [4:36]
13. Clean and Quiet [3:34]
14. Concern for the Child [4:01]
15. Advice from a Bagman [4:47]
16. Hearts [:30]
17. Emotionally Detached [5:21]
18. Framed [6:37]
19. The Money [5:22]
20. Gunfight [1:49]
21. Looking for help [5:25]
22. Complications [4:21]
23. Clearing Out [2:47]
24. "They're Coming." [4:42]
25. No Plan [6:51]
26. Grabbing the Bag [3:02]
27. Absolution [4:16]
28. End Credits [5:09]

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The Way of the Gun 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie is just great the acting, writing, directing is all wonderful.By this movie now.Del Toro is just one of the best thingsyou get with the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The gunplay scenes in the movie are the only thing that could make it worth watching. However, there are only a few in the movie, and inbetween are boring conversartion scenes that don't help the slow plot, which isn't very interesting anyway. Not worth watching again and again, so I wouldn't buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the opening scene to the explosive violent ending this movie shows many sides of the crime genre at its best. Introspective waiting and side plotting as well as Peckinpah like shoot outs, this movie rocks. A 5 starrer all the way through, very underrated and a must-see.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never saw anything quite like this. Involving fertility plots, self-discovery, Sam Peckinpah-lite shoot em up scenes, and character development that borders on the insane.
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