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Men With Guns Movie Review Summary

Actors: Federico Luppi, Damián Delgado, Damián Alcázar

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MEN WITH GUNS is a movie written and directed by John Sayles in 1997.

The setting is a Central America country never named, maybe Guatemala. Doctor Fuentes has just lost his wife. He decides to spend his holiday visiting the students he had trained three years before. Those students were part of a governmental program and sent into the country to take care of the local Indians.

Fuentes spends days in the wilderness trying to meet one of his students but encounters only Indians who don't want to speak with him. An orphan boy will tell him that the army systematically destroys the villages and slaughters the Indians who resist. It appears soon that all his students have been murdered, by the army or by the guerilla warfare.

Fuentes understands that he hasn't been aware of the real political situation of his country. Furthermore, he's feeling guilty about his students, persuaded that he's the one responsible for their deaths. So, after having heard that some Indians are heading to a mysterious city called "Cerca del Cielo" (Near the sky), lost in the mountains and never found by the army, Fuentes disappears once more into the jungle in order to find out if this place really exists.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   guilt over actions that lead to death/injury War impact on civilians/veterans    -   Yes Wandering in wilderness    -   Yes Kind of conflict:    -   war, Civil

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic

Setting

The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Central Jungles?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Any profanity?    -   None

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