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Presented by Oscar® Nominated Director Robert Altman (The Player, Gosford Park), this anthology series follows the path of a handgun and the impact it has on the lives of those who encounter it. An all-star cast, acclaimed writers and directors all contribute a different story to each riveting episode. FEATURES EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCES FROM AN ENSEMBLE CAST: James Gandolfini (TV’s The Soprano’s, Surviving Christmas), Kirsten Dunst (Spiderman, Mona Lisa’s Smile), Martin Sheen (TV’s West Wing), Daryl Hanna (Kills Bill, Roxanne), Peter Horton (Thirtysomething), Sally Kellerman (MASH), Jennifer Tilly (The Haunted Mansion, Liar, Liar), Randy Quaid (Indepencence Day, Vacation), Rosanna Arquette (Pulp Fiction, The Whole Nine Yards), Daniel Stern (Home Alone, City Slickers), Carrie Fisher (Star Wars), Kathy Baker (Cold Mountain, Cider House Rules), Sean Young (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, No Way Out)

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An intriguing premise and a stellar group of participants both in front of and behind the camera propel Gun, a three-disc collection of six short films that originally aired in 1997 on ABC-TV. Creator James Sadwith (who also wrote and/or directed some episodes), along with big name directors like Robert Altman (Short Cuts, The Player), James Foley, and the late Ted Demme, oversaw these comical, tragic, tawdry, and sometimes compelling tales, most of them involving murder, adultery, betrayal, and other sins and all of them triggered (so to speak), driven, and sometimes resolved by the same handgun. While the gun is often totemic more than an active participant (indeed, in some episodes it's not even fired), it is the single element that ties them together. It's a provocative idea, but one that fails to fully live up to its promise. For one, while the gun often changes hands within a given story, we never see how it gets from one episode to the next; there's no overall connecting tissue here. And while there are enough stars on hand to populate your average TV awards show (James Gandolfini, Rosanna Arquette, Randy Quaid, Jennifer Tilly, Kirsten Dunst, Martin Sheen, and Edward James Olmos, to name but a few), there isn't a lot that any of them can do if the script they're working with is as tepid as some of Gun's are. "Columbus Day," with Gandolfini and Arquette, builds a fair amount of tension, with a nice little twist at the end. Altman's own "All the President's Women," with Quaid, Tilly, Daryl Hannah, and others, is silly and over the top. "The Shot," featuring a loud, whiny lead performance by Daniel Stern, does a decent job of satirizing the media's obsession with 15-second celebrity but falls prey to a way-too-facile ending. "Ricochet," with Sheen as a detective on the verge of retirement who's living out the "just one last case, I swear" cliché, is simply unconvincing in just about every way. And so it goes. Gun certainly has its moments (as well as a trailer and a photo gallery among its extra features), but for the most part, this qualifies as a missed opportunity. --Sam Graham

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  • Actors: Rosanna Arquette, Daryl Hannah, James Gandolfini, Sally Kellerman, Peter Horton
  • Directors: Robert Altman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Tango Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00096S3YA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,933 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J SPENGLER on July 28, 2013
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Too bad there is not more to his body of work! A great loss to entertainment! James Gandolfini, great artist! WE WILL MISS YOU, JIM!! THANK YOU AMAZON FOR MAKING IT AVAILABLE!!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Travis Dubya McGee Bickle on December 8, 2005
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I bought this because it was on sale at Tower (for 15 bucks!), and because of the forementioned crew of top notch talent - the line-up in this thing is unbelievable - and was very pleasantly surprised. Very entertaining from start to finish, with some very clever twists.

If only I got such value for money every time I spent $15!
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "flickjunkie" on October 27, 2000
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This film contains two almost totally unrelated vignettes connected by a common gun. A terrorist is apprehended in an airport, but before he is caught, he throws away a handgun that was previously used in an assassination. After he is released, he obsessively seeks out the gun, which has by now been found and sold to Walter (James Gandolfini), a security guard who takes it home to his wife (Rosanna Arquette) to protect herself when he is on the night shift. After various events (which I will refrain from spoiling), the gun ends up in a pawnshop. From there, it finds its way to the next vignette.
It next belongs to the president of a country club in the Deep South. When he is bitten by a rattlesnake while on the golf course and dies, the gun is lost in the tall grass. The new president (Randy Quaid) is a philanderer who is fooling around with numerous women (Jennifer Tilly, Sean Young, Sally Kellerman, et al). His wife (Daryl Hannah) seems oblivious to all this and contents herself by cooking the favorite recipes of dead presidents. Suddenly, pieces of the gun are being received in packages addressed to all the president's lovers leading to his wife's discovery of his indicretions.
The first story is a well-crafted drama that draws the viewer in with two storylines, one following the terrorist and the other following Walter's wife Lily. The second vignette is a short story by Robert Altman, which is an imbecilic farce. It is not clear how these two short films were pasted together. I can only guess that the first story was not commercially viable due to its short length.
The acting in the first vignette was excellent. Gandolfini does his NYC working class shtick to perfection, strutting his corpulent Italian stuff around the set like a bloated stallion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly on October 5, 2014
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A great, expansive list of actors and they all did a very good job. I took notice of this set of movies because I had seen "Babel" and it is a movie in which a gun travels (as in these movies) and how that same gun changes peoples lives (these movies came about 10 years before "Babel"--hmmm). I am a huge Robert Altman fan, as well. He gives everything credibility, so...... This movie is not action packed. It, instead, is methodical and, interesting, and intriguing. Very well presented. Irony is a central theme. I very much enjoyed viewing all 6 movies. It was, initially, a TV show and feels like a series to me. I really liked this package.
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By N. Andreassen on February 21, 2015
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GUN is everything bad about American TV, all rolled up into one dreary package. Let me say, first, that If you're craving some Robert Altman, look elsewhere than here. Second, the premise of this series is that all the episodes feature the same gun, passing through different hands. Well, that's a lie. The gun is, indeed, the same prop in each episode--but it isn't the same fictional gun, as there are no connections between any of the stories. That is, this is not the continuing story of one, single gun being handed from owner to owner. It's unconnected stories about separate guns that all just happen to look alike. Thirdly, the stories run the stylistic and philosophical gamut, so even if you do enjoy one, that's no guarantee you'll like any of the others. Most of these tales are simply weak, TV-movie-ish, and pedestrian. The name actors are wasted--mIght as well watch episodes of the Love Boat. I fell asleep during one episode and didn't even bother to go back and see what I'd missed. Will never watch any of these twice.
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