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Guncrazy (1992)

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A trashy teen murders her sexually abusive step-father, then helps get her reformed prison pen-pal released on good behavior so that she can re-corrupt him.

Director:

Tamra Davis

Writer:

Matthew Bright
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Anita Minteer
Robert Greenberg Robert Greenberg ... Mr. Sheets
Rodney Harvey ... Tom
Jeremy Davies ... Bill
Dan Eisenstein Dan Eisenstein ... Chuck
Joe Dallesandro ... Rooney
Willow Tipton Willow Tipton ... School Girl
James Le Gros ... Howard (as James LeGros)
Ione Skye ... Joy
James Oseland ... Sally
Thomas E. Weyer Thomas E. Weyer ... Guard
Billy Drago ... Hank Fulton
Tom Smith-Alden Tom Smith-Alden ... Parole Officer #1
James Wheaton ... Parole Officer #2
Gerald Lynn Walker Gerald Lynn Walker ... Parole Officer #3
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Storyline

Anita is a high-school girl who frequently allows random boys and men to have sex with her, and is frequently raped by her absentee mother's boyfriend. As part of a school assignment Anita takes up correspondence with a lonely young prison inmate, whose letters stir up dormant desires for violence and guns. After buying herself a firearm, Anita convinces her mother's boyfriend to teach her how to use it, and, after he rapes her again, shoots him to death and hides the body. She then sets about getting her new "boyfriend" out of jail and to her, where she slowly drags him with her on her downward spiral of sex, violence, and murder for the sake of murder. Written by JoJo

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neo noir | murder | prison | rape | gun | See All (46) »

Taglines:

Love made them crazy. Guns made them outlaws.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1993 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Bella e dannata See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,640, 24 January 1993

Gross USA:

$114,516

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$114,516
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Company Credits

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Zeta Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It was filmed in 23 days. See more »

Goofs

While they are both camping inside the house they broke into, they go into a the kitchen and raid the fridge, pulling out a 15 pound uncooked turkey. Moments later they are having a turkey dinner over candlelight.

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Quotes

Howard: I'm trying to walk the walk here.
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Referenced in Clerks (1994) See more »

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GRATITUDE
Performed by The Beastie Boys
Written by The Beastie Boys
Published by Brooklyn Dust Music
Courtesy of Capitol Records Inc.
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Pen pal from Chino
16 May 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

We thought this film was a remake of the much better film noir of the same title, or as it's known in this forum, "Deadly is the Female", a 1949 Joseph Lewis' film with a screen play by MacKinlay Kantor. But no, this is another film altogether using the same title as the other one. As directed by Tamra Davis, with the screen treatment by Matthew Bright, this is a film that tries to deliver, but in the end, it's predictable, as we know the mistakes of the couple at the center of the story would work against them.

Anita Minteer seems to be a loner. We watch her in school, where she is not a popular girl in any shape, or form. Some of the pot heads from her school take her for a ride in which two end up having sex with her. Anita has been left to fend for herself by her absent mother, who has gone to Fresno to make some money and ultimately have Anita come live with her. Anita is being sexually abused by her mother's good for nothing boyfriend. The girl loves to learn how to use guns, and Rooney, who wants to keeps her, complies. A sad mistake! Her love for guns will ultimately be her downfall and that of the only person that really loved her.

At school, Anita, and her class, have been asked to find a pen pal, as part of a project. She finds one, but unfortunately, Howard, who writes to her, is in jail. Anita finds a kind garage owner, who is also the head of a weird congregation, to vouch for Howard, who is paroled and comes to work in the town. Howard, is a man who has had no luck, either with women, or in anything else. It's sort of inevitable Anita and Howard fall in love and are married by the minister. Fate is against this duo; in a series of events, Howard will go back to his old ways when forced to do so. We realize there's no way out for this doomed man, or for Anita.

The film doesn't disappoint thanks to the charismatic Drew Barrymore playing Anita. This is a girl too wise for her own good. James Legros, is as always, an interesting actor to watch. His take on Howard, is right. In supporting roles, Joe Dallesandro plays Anita mother's boyfriend, a creep that takes advantage of the situation. Michael Ironside is also seen as Howard's parole officer and Ione Skye plays his daughter, Anita's rebellious friend.

Tamra Davis directs with an eye for detail. This film will not disappoint to crime film fans.


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