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Way of the Gun
     

The Way of the Gun

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Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, James Caan

 

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In this suspense thriller, two small-time crooks make a bid for the big time with disastrous results. Robin (Juliette Lewis) is carrying a child as a surrogate mother for a wealthy couple, Hale and Francesca Chidduck (Scott Wilson and Kristin Lehman) when she's kidnapped by Parker (Ryan Phillippe) and Longbaugh (Benicio Del Toro), who believe that the adoptive parents

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In this suspense thriller, two small-time crooks make a bid for the big time with disastrous results. Robin (Juliette Lewis) is carrying a child as a surrogate mother for a wealthy couple, Hale and Francesca Chidduck (Scott Wilson and Kristin Lehman) when she's kidnapped by Parker (Ryan Phillippe) and Longbaugh (Benicio Del Toro), who believe that the adoptive parents will pay a large ransom to ensure the safety of both mother and baby. The kidnappers soon discover that they're out of their league when they're confronted by Mafia-connected lawyer Joe Sarno (James Caan) and a pair of hired killers, Jeffers (Taye Diggs) and Obecks (Nicky Katt); at the same time, Parker finds himself increasingly attached to Robin. The Way of the Gun marked the directorial debut of screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, whose script credits include The Usual Suspects and Public Access.

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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:
0012236108306
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
R
Source:
Live / Artisan

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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

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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 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
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
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.
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.
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