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The Gunman (2015)

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A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's successful kill shot forces him into hiding. Returning to the Congo years later, he becomes the target of a hit squad himself.


Pierre Morel


Jean-Patrick Manchette (novel), Don MacPherson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Penn ... Terrier
Jasmine Trinca ... Annie
Javier Bardem ... Felix
Ray Winstone ... Stanley
Mark Rylance ... Terrance Cox
Idris Elba ... Barnes
Peter Franzén ... Reiniger (as Peter Franzen)
Billy Billingham Billy Billingham ... Reed (as Sir Billy Billingham)
Daniel Adegboyega ... Bryson
Ade Oyefeso Ade Oyefeso ... Eugene
Alejandro Talavante Alejandro Talavante ... Bullfighter
Florian Barisey Florian Barisey ... Village Boy
Ismael Tunkara Ismael Tunkara ... Village Boy
Amara Tunkara Amara Tunkara ... Village Boy
Rachel Lascar ... Camille


A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, working for an unknown client, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's (Sean Penn's) successful kill shot forces him to go into hiding to protect himself and the members of the team from retribution. This includes abruptly abandoning his girlfriend who has no idea what is going on. The assassination, paid for by a foreign mining company, triggers wide spread chaos and death in an already inflamed Congo. Terrier returns to the Congo years later working for an NGO, but eventually finds himself to be the target of a paid hit squad somehow connected to the ministers assassination. This leads to immediate deaths and the endangerment of the people working around him, and forces him back into hiding. In trying to discover who has put a price on his head, he begins to reconnect to the members of his old assassination team, including his old girlfriend. Always aware there is no path to redemption for his crimes, he is also periodically ... Written by RSailor

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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USA | Spain | UK | France


English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prone Gunman See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »


Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,028,702, 22 March 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,640,645, 26 April 2015
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The fighting style is Krav Maga. See more »


When Jim comes to office to meet Cox, he drops backpack on it's side, but later on backpack is standing vertical on the floor. See more »


[first lines]
News Anchor: The Democratic Republic of Congo is the scene of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, according to the United Nations.
News Anchor: In what is being described as the world's deadliest conflict since World War II, millions of people have been killed. Massacres and rape, routinely used as weapons of war, have forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes.
News Anchor: For years, the United Nations and non-governmental organizations, NGOs, have been providing humanitarian relief in an ...
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Referenced in The Best Way to Die Hard (2018) See more »


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Composed and Produced by Marco Beltrami (ASCAP)
Co-Produced by Buck Sanders
(P) 2014 Pianella Music, Inc.
(C) Studiocanal (SACEM / SABAM)
Courtesy of Marco Beltrami & Pianella Music, Inc.
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Good Suspenseful Thriller

Hit man Jim Terrier (Sean Penn) assassinates the Congo's Minister of Mines, leaves the country for 8-years, comes back to dig wells for the people and then he's targeted. Now he has to find out who is after him. Oh, and he suffers from PTSD. Let the games begin.

We normally don't see Sean Penn in this kind of action hero role. Maybe that is because Matt Damon hasn't done a Jason Bourne movie in a great while and others have to take up the slack. So the question is who will be the next Jason Bourne? HA !

What we have is a pretty good suspenseful thriller. Here's the thing: we are not sure if Jim Terrier will make it all the way as he gets banged up often. Yes, we are cringing and bandaging ourselves from time to time. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. The director gave us the suspense and tension all the way through, and we are not sure who Jim Terrier can trust of those who used to work with him back in the day. And his PTSD symptoms crop up at inopportune times (isn't that always the case?) and don't make things easy for him (indeed).

Notables: Javier Bardem as Felix; Ray Winstone as Stanley; Mark Rylance as Cox; and Idris Elba as Barnes. And then there is Jasmine Trinca as Annie, the love Jim Terrier left behind after the shooting of the Minister of Mines. She is nothing but beautiful (you falling in love again?) and she can act.

We do see some very good landscapes in London, the Congo and in Spain that also gave us a bullfight arena. No CGI as the fights were all real natural stunts and very cringe worthy (Ouch. Ouch. Ouch.) (7/10)

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Yes, at times.

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