American Gun Movie Review Summary

Actors: James Coburn, Barbara Bain, Virginia Madsen, Alexandra Holden, Ryan Locke

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Older Vermont resident Martin Tillman (Coburn) and wife Anne (Bain) are happy to see their grown daughter Penny (Madsen) show up for the holidays, although her daughter has blamed her for the breakup of her marriage and has run away. Tragically, Penny dies in a shooting, and Martin becomes obsessed with tracking down the last owner of the .357 Magnum that killed her. He gets time off his factory floor manager job and follows the trail of the gun from the manufacturer to the gun shop and across the country through the hands of a number of its owners who used it since 1983 when it was made and Penny graduated from high school. We glimpse several incidents in which the gun was fired, but we also see flashbacks of the Second World War when Martin saw service in Europe and watched one of his buddies get killed, perhaps due to Martin's hesitation. Writer-director Alan Jacobs created this 2002 film after several romantic movies, and although the story is a little overly tricky and loose on motivation, the tremendous acting of Coburn in the last film before he died makes it very worthwhile.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Vigilante/Revenge?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Northeast Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Los Angeles    -   Las Vegas Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   moving train    -   fort/military installation    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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