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Love and a . 45 (1994)

Gil Bellows , Renée Zellweger , C.M. Talkington  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gil Bellows, Renée Zellweger, Rory Cochrane, Jeffrey Combs, Jace Alexander
  • Directors: C.M. Talkington
  • Writers: C.M. Talkington
  • Producers: Andrew Hersh, Darin Scott, Jim Steele, Mark Amin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AIQ14K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love and a . 45" on IMDb

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Gil Bellows and Renee Zellweger star as fugitive lovers in this 1994 movie being re-released. Bonuses: commentary, music video, featurettes, storyboard comparisons. Note: The Subtitles will be ON automatically when the disc starts. Please turn OFF the subtitles either by using the remote or by accessing the Subtitles option from the main menu and turn OFF.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I regretted havin' to fork him in the neck." November 22, 2004
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Does anyone else besides me enjoy seeing a big name movie star before they made it big? While this wasn't Renée Zellweger's first film role, it was certainly the first where she had a starring credit, and certainly a far cry from her more demure character in 1996's Jerry Mcguire. Love and a .45 (1994), written and directed by Texas native C.M. Talkington (his first writing and directing credit) stars, along with Ms. Zellweger, an early appearance by Gil Bellows (who appeared in a much more famous film the same year titled The Shawshank Redemption and then found a greater degree of fame on the hit FOX television show Ally McBeal), and the ever-entertaining Rory Cochrane, who was once involved with Zellweger, and would later appear with her in Empire Records (1995). Also appearing are Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Jace Alexander (Eight Men Out), Ann Wedgeworth (My Science Project), Michael Bowen (Night of the Comet), and Peter Fonda (Easy Rider).

The movie, set in Texas, features Bellows and Zellweger as Watty Watts and Starlene Cheatham, respectively, as a young couple in love living together in modest, mobile surroundings (a trailer home) with their main source of income being Watty robbing convenience stores every once in awhile, when not studying or quoting philosophically from the I Ching. Life has been pretty good for the couple, but Starlene has been pushing for Watty to make an honest woman of her, which leads Watty to borrow a large sum of money from an unscrupulous source (loan shark), and now he must contend with two speed-addicted, gun totin' (does everyone in Texas carry a gun?) collection agents in Dinosaur Bob (Combs) and Creepy Cody (Alexander).
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
As a fan of offbeat indie movies, especially those featuring drugs and crime, this was a not-to-miss DVD. I missed the original release in 1994, but I did see Natural Born Killers, and while I can see the similarities on the surface, they are really two very different movies. Watching this, I experienced twist after twist, so I never knew which of the underdogs was going to come out on top, or who was going to win this round of the battle for life. Renee Zellweger will shock the pants off the viewer as a young trailer park resident who turns to a life of serious crime and murder, so she's worth the price of admission alone.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A darker side of Renee Zellweger March 15, 2004
By eric_f
I'll admit that I own "Love and a .45" mainly because I'm a HUGE fan of Renee Zellweger and worship the ground she walks on. Not only is she beautiful but she has talent, and she proves that yet again in this "running-from-the-law" flick. She also proves that she can take on any type of role and be great in it, and her role in this movie almost takes a 180-degree turn from her typical roles in other movies.
But Renee isn't the only reason to own this movie. I was equally impressed with the performances of all the other actors. Some scenes, especially the violent ones, are somewhat over-the-top, but then again that's what makes this movie so fun to watch. And contrary to what many say I found the level of violence high but not excessive. This isn't only a "shoot 'em up" pointless movie; there's more than just stage blood.
As for the DVD itself, bonus features are adequate but not overwhelming. I'm not too crazy about the letterbox format but at least the image and sound quality are good. All in all, a great movie for the fan of the "Pulp Fiction" style, or anyone who wants to see Renee Zellweger as a "bad girl." And get the soundtrack too!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars startlingly good, violent drama December 18, 2000
Frenzied, stylish road movie in the off-beat lovers-on-the-run vein of Natural Born Killers or True Romance. Watty (Gil Bellows) and Starlene (Renee Zellweger) are our heros on the run after a botched robbery attempt when Watty and his vicious accomplice Billy (Rory Cochrane) leaves a counter girl dead, at the hands of Billy. On there trail are the demented criminals, Creepy Cody, Dinosaur Bob and Billy, who was left for dead. But our lovers are not killers, just simply misjudged. The over-the-top acting by an excellent cast and a surprisingly smart and lively script make for an exceptional film. Among road movies, this ranks as one of the very best. Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence, pervasive strong profanity, sexual situations, drug use and content, and a scene of nudity.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
THIS is one of my MUST HAVE dvd's! The flick was first spotted on IFC channel and I WAS PROMPTLY DRAWN IN to the energy of this Indie jewel! If you enjoy believable action and complete realism, or if you've ever been down a Texas highway, view this gem! If you get into any ONE of the following, then this is your next movie...: Hot Pants, sex, drugs, Rock & Roll, pistols, law-gone-bad coppers, graphic violence, Texas twangs, Peter Fonda portraying a hippie or white girls seducing Mexican border guards. Now myself, Well, I love MY .45 so I dug the movie! Quintin T is no groundbreaker...this flick was his reference I'm betting...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, If Violent Satire October 23, 2003
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The opening scene of this movie is so brilliantly handled it just sucks you in and never lets go. Out to rob a convience store minded by a dim-witted teenager, our hero(?) just can't
help laying a little big-brotherly advice and philosophy on the
poor lad before getting around to actually emptying the till.
The dialogue between the two is handled so gracefully and with
such wit by all concerned that you just can't help wanting to find out what's next, even when it gets frightenly violent.
Renee Zelleweger is an absolute gem throughout, as an oversexed,
undereducated gun moll. This movie explores what happens when
people with Texas-sized dreams meet the limitations of their
squirrel-sized brains, and manages to do so with wit, style and
a light touch, even as it gets breath-takingly violent. And, yes, folks, Peter Fonda DOES steal the whole picture in his brief
turn as Starlene's burnt-out hippie dad. Don't miss this!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
kind of good in a cultish sort of way
Published 1 month ago by nic
5.0 out of 5 stars must see movie
it's up there with pulp fiction and Casinoor Goodfellas
Published 2 months ago by David Chisholm
5.0 out of 5 stars must see
Cult classic. rene zelwigers first film
Published 2 months ago by susan phelan
5.0 out of 5 stars but a great and one of my favorite and yours to if ...
Not well known, but a great and one of my favorite and yours to if you watch it movies. non stop action funny,serious a better then Bonney and Clyde
Published 3 months ago by Salt Lake Smitty
1.0 out of 5 stars So dumb
Hate this movie. Hubby loves it because it's so awful, so he watched it again and now I got the "review your purchase" email. Save your sanity and rent something else!!! Read more
Published 4 months ago by HotMessPrincess
4.0 out of 5 stars I would buy it!!!
R Zell was so hot when she was young. .Funny how time puts you to the's a classic. .
Published 6 months ago by Brian Gauster
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I chose the movie based on the fact that Renee Zelllweger starred in it. It's before she became well known. Didn't hold my interest for more than 10 minutes.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Not that great
"B" movie material that is a little strange. Not really worth the watch. Could do with watching something else I feel.
Published 7 months ago by Bay Photographer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very intense
Love and a .45 was intriguing, intense and full of action. At times it was gruesome and bloody, but overall very entertaining.
The acting was TERRIFIC!
Published 7 months ago by John J. Jenkins Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb Dumb
This was a really bad movie. The whole premises was really a knockoff of Bonnie and Clyde. It was so improbable and the acting was terrible. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lucy Ackerman
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