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Gunmen (1993)

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Four hundred million dollars are hidden in a boat in some harbor in South America, hidden by Dani Servigo's brother. When his brother gets killed, Dani is a wanted man, by undercover D.E.A.... See full summary »

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Deran Sarafian

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Stephen Sommers
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Dani Servigo
Mario Van Peebles ... Cole Parker
Denis Leary ... Armor O'Malley
Patrick Stewart ... Loomis
Kadeem Hardison ... Izzy
Sally Kirkland ... Bennett
Richard C. Sarafian ... Chief Chavez (as Richard Sarafian)
Robert Harper ... Rance
Brenda Bakke ... Maria
James Chalke ... Java
Humberto Elizondo ... Guzman
Andaluz Russell Andaluz Russell ... Guzman's Wife
Tamara Shanath Tamara Shanath ... Guzman's Daughter
Deran Sarafian ... Bishop
Christopher Michael ... Rhodes
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Storyline

Four hundred million dollars are hidden in a boat in some harbor in South America, hidden by Dani Servigo's brother. When his brother gets killed, Dani is a wanted man, by undercover D.E.A. Agent Cole Parker and also by Armor O'Malley, who is working for drug boss Loomis. Together, Servigo and Parker search for the boat. Written by Thomas Meyer <i03a@zfn.uni-bremen.de>

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In a South American Country There's Only One Way To Take Down a Drug Lord...Point Blank.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunmen See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,030,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,909,919, 6 February 1994

Gross USA:

$3,411,885

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,411,885
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Christopher Lambert and Mario Van Peebles appeared in Highlander: The Final Dimension (1994). See more »

Goofs

When pointing guns at each other in the weapon shop, a semi-automatic pistol changes into a revolver and back again many times between shots. See more »

Quotes

Armor O'Malley: [yelling down to Dani, who is hanging upside down on a rope from the helicopter] How the hell are ya? Hey! You know what I like to do in the morning? I like to dunk my donuts into my coffee! How 'bout you?
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Alternate Versions

A longer 97 minute version does exist and was submitted to the OFLC (Office of Film and Literature Classification) in Australia. While this version was rated M, it was noted that it contained "High level coarse language, Violence, Medium level sex scene". Months later, a second version was submitted with a running time of 94 minutes and carried the same M rating, but with "Medium level violence, Coarse language, Sex scene" as the advice. It is believed that the longer 97 minute version was never officially released anywhere. See more »

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References Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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Modern remake of Sergio Leone's "The good,the bad and the ugly"
9 May 2003 | by thebigmovieguySee all my reviews

"Gunmen" was loosely based upon Sergio Leone's "The good, the bad and the ugly". But it isn't that much of a rip off. It's actually pretty good. Here are the most obvious resemblances :

1. In "The good, the bad and the ugly", there are three men : the good, a lonesome cow-boy (Clint Eastwood); the bad, an gun-for-hire(Lee Van Cleef) and the ugly, a thief (Eli Wallach). In "Gunmen", Mario Van Peeples plays a bounty hunter (the good), Dennis Leary plays a cutthroat (the bad) and Christopher Lambert plays a thief (the ugly). The relationship between Van Peeples and Lambert in "Gunmen" is similar to Eastwood and Wallach's partnership in "The good, the bad and the ugly".

2. There also is what I call the "you've got the gun and I've got the bullets" situation. In "The good, the bad and the ugly", Eastwood and Wallach are forced to work together to find the treasure because Wallach knows the name of the cemetery and Eastwood knows the name of the grave in which the treasure is buried. In "Gunmen", Van Peeples and Lambert both have their own part of the secret. Lambert knows where his brother hid the boat with 400 millions dollars aboard and Van Peeples knows its name.

3. Finally, there are many scenes in "Gunmen" similar to the ones in "The good, the bad and the ugly" like the scene where Lambert is forced to reveal where the boat is to Leary (Wallach is beaten up and reveals the name of the cemetery to Van Cleef) and the scene at the end when Van Peeples makes Lambert believe he'll get rid of him to keep the treasure (Eastwood hangs Wallach but cuts him loose and shares the treasure).

With all these resemblances, it makes no doubt that "Gunmen" is a remake of "The good, the bad and the ugly". A good remake, though. Considering this movie was made with a very low budget with terrific cast, I thought "Gunmen" was a cool action/adventure flick. Mario Van Peeples and Christopher Lambert are great in their roles and Dennis Leary is excellent as the main bad guy. Patrick Steward also gives a very believable performance as the drug dealer.

Overall, "Gunmen" is a fun modern day remake of Sergio Leone's epic western. I give it a strong 7/10.


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