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  • Interactive Motion Menus
  • 20 Chapters With Motion Images

Product Details

  • Actors: William Petersen, Michael Wincott, Diane Lane, Kevin Gage, Michael Byrne
  • Directors: Jeff Celentano
  • Writers: Larry Gross
  • Producers: Jeffrey F. January, Jim Hodge, Larry Gross, Neal Stevens, Peter Wetherell
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 1999
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305388059
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,152 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gunshy" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

No fissures, good cast, excellent illumination and a very good cast.
Hiram Gomez Pardo
I am a fan of William Petersen so I truly wanted to be engaged in this movie, to enjoy it, but it was just flat and two-dimensional.
Kimber
After attempting to order this four times and each time receiving a defective DVD, I stopped trying to purchase this item.
Kid

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Rowan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 2, 2001
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The other reviews for this film notwithstanding, this is NOT the "Gun Shy" that stars Neeson and Platt. This particular film stars William Peterson ("Manhunter")as Jake Bridges, and Michael Wincott ("The Crow")as Frankie McGregor, in what appears to be a fairly cut-and-dried exercise. Jake, a down-and-out writer is befriended by Frankie, a collector for a local mob boss. Jake needs money and something to occupy his mind so he won't drink himself to death. Frankie wants an education.
The two of them not only click,they become very good friends, and Peterson falls in love with his friend's girlfriend Melissa, (Diane Lane "The Cotton Club")setting up your basic triangle. The rest of the film is about how this whole thing plays out between them.
What makes it really interesting, though is the strong, homoerotic thread that winds through the film. By the end, you have to wonder why Melissa is even in the film (Butch assurance, perhaps) since the guys are so emotionally entwined they have made huge sacrifices for each other. (Don't want to give too much away here, so you'll have to see it for the particulars.) Even in the details, this thread seems obvious, at least to me.
But hey, don't take my word for it. If you don't see it, that's fine too. The film can be enjoyed on a number of levels. It's not a great film by any stretch, but the acting alone puts it way up on the list. All three principals turn in wonderful, nuanced performances, making this film well worth seeing. Give it a shot.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Zoe on May 3, 2001
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I rented this film (and then later bought the DVD) with fairly low expectations. I knew it was straight to video and low budget. I rented it because I am a huge Michael Wincott fan and he actually has a starring role in the film. Basically, there is a whole lot more to this film than you would think. It's about redemption, honor, deception, love, friendship, and the ability to make the right decisions and gambles to change your life, all tied together.... I thought Michael Wincott was brilliant in it (Diane Lane and William Peterson were also solid). I can't talk about my favorite scenes without giving away the end, but when his character, Frankie, sees what is happening, you see the realization on his face and it is heartbreaking. He rocks thru the end of the film. I felt his performance was extremely underrated - I'd never even heard of this film. Check it out.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on March 30, 2005
Format: DVD
A very dark film whose script is surprisingly effective and very, very original. An informer makes a deal, and he introduces in a mobster band as a simple writer who has lost his muse. his right arm will be a simple guy who obeys orders: extremely predictable with a clear of cultural ascendent. Our hero William Petersen much better actor than most of people believe makes a sharp portrait. He works out as a mirror image of Pygmalion and tries to open his eyes through a painstaking reading of Moby Dick with a lot of new discoveries about the life.
The drama completes its circle when Diane Lane a real Supreme Goddess, with natural talent and well gifted skills for acting eventually will be in a brief love affair with our informer. But Petersen is a very straightforward human being. And suddenly something simply doesn't fit where it should have been.
A thriller that keeps its cohesion and dramatic force from beginning to end. No fissures, good cast, excellent illumination and a very good cast. Lane and Petersen shine brighter with more intensity, obviously and establish a very good sexual chemistry.
Above average.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. M. Neel on June 14, 2005
Format: DVD
Diane Lane is either the character in real life or has beautiful, understated acting skills. Her performance is worlds away from acting, it is real life character. I've seen her in other films but this is truth. I enjoy subtlety and understement, she made the character sweet, sexy, accessible, and hot, the gitl accross the street from the girl next door. I am impressed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 1, 2015
Format: DVD
This is one of those films that passed me by but I decided to stream it and I have to say I was greatly impressed. The plot is Jake Bridges (William Petersen) is a down at luck journo, `he likes a drink' and winds up getting fired - arriving home early he finds his wife in bed with another man. So he decides to head to Atlantic City (where they like losers apparently) and get himself royally drunk.

Then he gets into a bar brawl with Meat Loaf - as you do - and is saved from a heavy weight pasting by a low rent crime enforcer Frankie. Said Frankie takes him home to be ministered to by his nurse girl friend. This is Mellissa and Jake falls for her more or less on the spot. Soon, despite initial; reservations, Frankie and Jake are working together; but as you guessed it there is going to be a bumpy ride especially where we have crime, drugs, violence and raging hormones.

This is just a really well made there are twists and some pretty fine acting, Petersen is great and has a terrific on screen presence as does Michael Wincott as the `school of hard knocks' Frankie. If you are at a short end and fancy a decent movie you could do a lot less than giving this a go - recommended.
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