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The Lone Gunmen: The Complete Series (2001)

Bruce Harwood , Tom Braidwood  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Harwood, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, Zuleikha Robinson, Stephen Snedden
  • Writers: Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz, John Shiban, Vince Gilligan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 559 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006UEVUE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,571 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lone Gunmen: The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 13 episodes on three double-sided discs, plus the X-Files episode "Jump the Shark"
  • Commentary by director Rob Bowman, cinematographer Robert McLachlan, and writers Frank Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan, and John Shiban on the pilot
  • Commentary by Frank Spotnitz, Vince Gilligan, and John Shiban on two episodes
  • Commentary by actors Dean Haglund, Tom Braidwood, Bruce Harwood, Stephen Snedden, and Zuleikha Robinson, director Bryan Spicer, and others on one episode
  • "Making of The Lone Gunmen" retrospective featurette
  • Four TV spots

Editorial Reviews

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The Lone Gunmen was the short-lived spin-off series starring those scene-stealing conspiracy theorists from The X-Files. To recap, there is buttoned-down Byers (the bearded, relatively normal-looking one, played by Bruce Harwood), the "man of action" Frohike (the short one who had the hots for Scully, played by Tom Braidwood), and master hacker Langly (the one with the long blond hair, played by Dean Haglund). They also meet some new characters who both help and hinder: a female agent calling herself Yves Adele Harlow (and other anagrams for Lee Harvey Oswald, played by Zuleikha Robinson), who always seems a step ahead of them, and James "Jimmy" Bond (Stephen Snedden), the dimwitted benefactor who thinks that the Gunmen give him a purpose in life.

The series lasted a mere 13 episodes, and in retrospect probably plays better now than it did in the spring of 2001 when the peak years of The X-Files were still fresh in the memory. Thanks to direction and writing by the same creative talent and music by Mark Snow, The Lone Gunmen has the feel of Chris Carter's signature series, though without the impenetrable mythology and the sexual tension (Robinson is beautiful, but let's be serious). The episodes are generally stand-alone affairs reflecting the goofy humor that made the trio part of the comic relief in The X-Files. Light-hearted topics include a blind football team and a super-intelligent chimpanzee, but the closing episode dealt with the familiar themes of alien abduction and government cover-ups (a thread that after the series' cancellation had to be concluded in an episode of The X-Files, which is also included in this set). And particularly chilling is the pilot: aired six months before 9/11, it deals with an attempt to fly an airplane into the World Trade Center. The Lone Gunmen couldn't match the brilliant inspiration of The X-Files (few shows could), but for fans it might just be the next best thing. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

From X-Files creator Chris Carter, The Lone Gunmen Complete Series - get inside the trio of X-Files computer-hacking geeks popularly known as The Lone gunmen in the perfect DVD for all X-Files fans. Experience the altered world and suspenseful action that will keep you watching!

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137 of 138 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Anything but "Lone" December 16, 2004
The Lone Gunmen finally got their own show -- even if it was sadly short-lived. They were introduced as UFO-chasing supergeeks early in "The X-Files," and soon garnered a cult following -- and eventually a spinoff, complete with tango-dancing kingpins, genius chimps and parallel universes.

The increasingly broke Lone Gunmen are in the middle of stealing a computer chip when a mysterious bearded man -- who turns out to be a beautiful woman, Yves Adele Harlow (Zuleikha Robinson)-- intervenes and gets them caught. After they foil an attempt to ram a plane into a skyscraper, they investigate a geeky golfer's kidnapping, and make a new friend: Jimmy Bond (Stephen Sneddon), a naive young man who gives them financial backing.

With Jimmy as a sort of apprentice Lone Gunman, the boys set out to deal with the conspiracies and strange occurrances: a superintelligent chimp that wants a life of his own, a man who claims to have been abducted by aliens, investigate a Nazi war criminal (who happens to be a little old lady), and search for a car that runs on water instead of gas.

It was a TV tragedy that this funny conspiracy series only lasted half a season. Then again, that's what cult TV is made of. While it lacked the audience and longevity of its parent series "The X-Files," "The Lone Gummen" made up for that in humor and creativity.

Not every episode was so good -- "Three Men and a Smoking Diaper" is just embarrassing, with a none-too-thinly-veiled Senator William Jefferson (Clinton?), a genial Southern womanizer who is just below the angels. Come on, at least TRY to be subtle. However, "Lone Gunmen" hit the mark more often than it missed, with ingeniously offbeat stories that allowed the characters to be goofy as well as serious. ("Prepare to get mooned!
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93 of 100 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy Geeks at Their Best January 20, 2005
By Ned
The Lone Gunman (2001), a trio of computer-hacking conspiracy geeks, was a spin-off from the X-Files. They appeared numerous times during the run of the X-files and for one season they had their own series.

If you like the Lone Gunmen on the X-Files, you should enjoy their 13 episodes.

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1) Pilot - A Mission-Impossible style episode as Frohike and Byers attempt to steal the Octium IV chip from E-Com-Con.

2) Bond, Jimmy Bond - The Gunmen encounter Jimmy Bond, a hapless pawn in a breakaway republic's attempt to fund a nerve gas operation.

3) Eine Kleine Frohike - Frohike disguises himself as the long-lost son of a woman who is believed to be a Nazi war criminal that the Gunmen are trying to smoke out.

4) Like Water for Octane - Jimmy narrates the history of heroes as he talks about his admiration for the Gunmen.

5) Three Men and a Smoking Diaper - Byers and Jimmy are in the crowd at a campaign speech, when a reporter begins asking questions of the candidate.

6) Madam, I'm Adam - The Gunmen meet a strange man who "may or may not" have been transported by aliens from a parallel universe.

7) Planet of the Frohikes: A Short History of My Demeaning Captivity - The Gunmen match wits with an intelligent chimpanzee after it escapes from a government lab.

8) Maximum Byers - On a cruise ship in the Pacific, the boy's chase a man they think is Elvis, still live and kicking.

9) Diagnosis: Jimmy - The trio stalks a grizzly-bear poacher in a snowy forest, and Jimmy believes his doctor is a killer profiled on America's Most Wanted.

10) Tango de los Pistoleros - The Gunmen turning the table on Yves for once, and bugging her to follow her on a case.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Spoiler Alert:

All I really have to say about this release is "Finally." But since this is a review, I'll offer a little more.

Ever since The Lone Gunmen appeared in episode "E.B.E." in the first season of "The X-Files" TV series, the characters of Byers, Frohike and Langly became three of the most coolest characters ever conceived for television. And ever since the episode "The Unusual Suspects" in the fifth season of The X-Files, the creators of the show realized the potential for The Lone Gunmen to carry their own spin-off TV series. By the time The X-Files reached its 8th season, The Lone Gunmen TV series finally became a reality - for a while anyway.

This show was more comedic than The X-Files was. And that was to be expected since the Lone Gunmen were the funniest characters on The X-Files. "The Lone Gunmen" TV series was witty, humorous, it contained good story-telling - and it should never have been cancelled.

The cancelling of this show really showed just how low FOX can get. It was one of the best shows on TV and they just took it away without giving it the chance that The X-Files was given (remember, The X-Files started out small and earned a bigger following as the years went by). Not only that, but the show ended with a cliffhanger. Since it was cancelled, the only way the cliffhanger was resolved was to conclude it in an episode of The X-files called "Jump the Shark" in its 9th season. I didn't mind this so much except that they ended up killing off the Lone Gunmen in that episode! If their spin-off series didn't get cancelled, the Lone Gunmen would never have died.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you say them on X-Files BUY THIS SERIES!!
As is so often the case given my viewing tastes another series that was of a calibre that most couldn't/can't/didn't get it was prematurely terminated. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Craig M. Houck
3.0 out of 5 stars A must watch series for X-files fans.
Although it is must-watch series for X-files fans as myself I believe that it fails to reach the admitedly high expectations that have been set by the original X-files series. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good
It came in very good condition, it's a very funny the first few episodes, but to latter half not so much, reminds me of the x files, my # 1 tv show.
Published 26 days ago by Adonlee
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuk.
Im such a big fan of X-files and the characters of The Lone Gunman, this is not that experience. Cheesy, campy (not in a good way), poor story, so disappointing. save your money. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
I love X Files and this series is perfect compliment. Further, the first episode was almost exactly what 9-11 was all about. The writers of this series knew it could happen. Read more
Published 2 months ago by res
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated? Misunderstood? What?
I will never understand why this show did not go on for years. It was terrifically funny and unique, perhaps too unique for the general public.
Published 3 months ago by John L. Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Lone Gunmen a great add on to X Files
This is a great though short lived series trying to playoff of the X Files. It uses the same nutty characters you find in the X Files (The Lone Gunmen) and continues to deal with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Spiros P Spiropoulos
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
The show was funny and made me laugh several times. I love the Lone Gunmen doesn't help I'm also an x-files junkie either =) These guys always end up cracking me up
Published 3 months ago by morgangreer
1.0 out of 5 stars Horribad
This show is terrible. No wonder it was canceled. The action is lame and the comedy falls flat every time.

If you like the X-Files, you won't like this show.
Published 3 months ago by Cap'n Mike
2.0 out of 5 stars Pass
I know fans of the x-files will want to see this series, but it's really just "meh". Even my hardcore x-files loving gf didn't really care for it.
Published 4 months ago by Daft_Punk
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