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The Way of the Gun (2000)

Ryan Phillippe , Benicio Del Toro , Christopher McQuarrie  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis, Taye Diggs, Nicky Katt
  • Directors: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live / Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: January 2, 2001
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000053V7A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,827 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Way of the Gun" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Cast and crew interviews
  • Isolated Music Track with Commentary by Composer
  • Storyboards and scripts of a deleted scene
  • Cast and crew information

Editorial Reviews

In this intense action-suspenser, Ryan Phillippe and Benicio del Toro are two down-and-out criminals who kidnap Juliette Lewis, a pregnant woman about to have a baby for a powerful, mob-connected businessman. While holding Lewis for ransom in a seedy border motel, the pair must deal with Lewis' bodyguards (Taye Diggs and Nicky Katt) and a veteran "bagman" (James Caan) trying to strike a deal. 119 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; audio commentary; interviews; isolated music score; storyboards; theatrical trailer; TV spots.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great debut September 10, 2000
I have to say, walking into this film, I was expecting more, but that can only be because of the fine credits of the writer/director. I mean, of course you're going to have to expect double and triple crosses and enough plot twists for ten movies when you go and see a movie from the man who wrote The Usual Suspects. However, I have to say that even though I was at first dissapointed, that quickly went out the window as I got into this terrific action/noir piece by Christopher McQuarrie. His barage of bullets and profanity is some of the best stuff to come out of Hollywood in recent years. The story, which I'm not going to spoil, is a work of criminal genius, and the acting is very good (even Ryan Phillipe!). This film crosses Pekinpah's The Wild Bunch with Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (through with huge nods are made) and a little bit of 40's noir. The two antiheros are by far some of the best written characers in recent months, and the two actors tacked on to play them are great. The supporting cast, which consists of James Caan, Taye Digs, Nicky Katt, and Juliette Lewis is masterfully crafted and very low key, which is necessary when trying to make a film of this manner. There is not a single over the top performance, which gives a sort of cohesion among the ensemble. Benicio del Toro gives the films best, and sometimes most hilarious performance and has been given some of the best lines to work with. Phillipe actually does a good job with his role, considering how few lines, besides the narration, that he has. His boyish charm works perfectly as a man who doesn't give a damn and is extremely mature for his young appearance. To me, the only thing that was lacking in this film was the direction. Read more ›
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent movie December 8, 2004
Format:DVD
First off if you're considering buying this movie, definitely read at least three pages of the reviews here and more if possible. You'll get a good feel of the film that way. Some folks get this movie and some have no clue at all.

I'm just going to add some comments that are lacking or that have been mis-stated.

First, only in the most loose definition of plot twists or subplots, does this film have either. The story is entirely linear, however you have to piece together parts of the story from sparse information. The story begins at least 9 months prior to when the movie starts with the relationship and "deal" between the bagman and the surrogate mother (but you don't know this until nearly the end and it's subtle enough to miss). The film story fully begins with the kidnapping. From that point on the various antagonists all see opportunities and then angle to make it happen, except for the bagman who is protecting more than his employer.

Second, this is not about petty crooks and a botched job. This is a story that involves professional criminals, professional mobsters and professional bodyguards, all of whom show clarity and intelligence beyond typical clever, one-liner, hollywood scripting.

The fact that police are only peripherally involved in any part of the film simply indicates that the dealings are far beyond your average cops and robbers style movie. This is a subculture that is not visible to normal society. The dialogue between Longbaugh and Sarno should illustrate this nicely. There is an understanding between them that goes well beyond the simple words. This is equally true for the relationship between Longbaugh and Parker, and Sarno and Abner - much is conveyed but little is said.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy it on its own terms October 5, 2005
Format:DVD
Does this movie compare to THE USUAL SUSPECTS?

Does it matter?

Anyone brilliant enough to write the screenplay for SUSPECTS must have more than one movie in him, and McQuarrie proves he does with this. Some reviewers remarked about how he doesn't make you care for the characters in his film. And I think they missed the point: you're not supposed to. McQuarrie figures out how to make you enjoy watching them without either caring about them or being totally replused by them. He achieves a sacred principle of both writing and directing--making it a lot easier on even great actors like Del Toro and James Caan: freeing you from existential judgment or the self-referentialness lessor screen writers can fall into. This creates room for the nilhist philosophy and betrayal that competes with anything that can be called deep and abiding love whereever it occurs in this film.

EVERYONE in this movie is a "bag man;" even the unborn children. As such McQuarrie is saying something pretty deep about the modern world in total. And yet he does it in the context of not boring us to tears with preaching or burdening our minds with too much philosophy, pertinent or otherwise. All while giving us some of the most innovative car chases and shoot-em-up action scenes done in some time.

This movie came out in 2000, and to see how the actors have evolved since then is refreshing and exhilharating all by itself. Caan looks about ten years younger in the successful NBC-TV show LAS VEGAS of today than he does in this movie; showing off, obviously, the prodigious acting skills that forever remind us that THE GODFATHER was no fluke. (He is acting older and more beat down in this movie than he probably ever has been.) Every actor puts in some serious work in this, and make it worth seeing, and worth owning. And McQuarrie's writing and directing make it worth thinking about afterwards.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great quality.
It was a great movie to watch. The blu ray movie picture was also really clear. The sound was great also. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Beowulf
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it often
Great writing, good, basic plot and acting above board, i love all the one liners "there`s always free cheese in a mouse trap"
Published 1 month ago by rick page
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, GREAT MOVIE!
From beginning to end, especially the beginning; it starts you off right, and also in the right direction too! GREAT MOVIE!
Published 1 month ago by Paul Ulrich
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This is a violent shootem up. Not for young impressionable kids, but great for older folks who like a lot of gun play. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stu Redman
5.0 out of 5 stars Needle In a Haystack!
I'm not quite sure how this movie did so poorly on a commercial level. It is so well done. You'll enjoy a great cast coupled with a gritty story that twists, turns and tangles. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Downs Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Some of the best gun handling ever shown in a movie. Very realistic firearms work by both actors. Well done.
Published 3 months ago by Robert V. Rathburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Lover's Hit
The movie loves rate this at the top of their list. Home run purchase. Purchase this for the movie lover in your life.
Published 4 months ago by shannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying
Awesome shooting scenes with real shooting sounds, great acting, however the dialogues are a little bit slow, and the story is kinda complicated.
Published 4 months ago by S.
3.0 out of 5 stars Way of the gun?
I don't know about this movie. At first, I though it was action hardcore but I'm not sure. I didn't realize what this about. I didn't like the ending. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Joshua H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-handeled
Excellent use of firearms the whole way through, characters are interesting, and story is engaging though loses its way a bit in its final moments.
Published 8 months ago by Seth Kesler
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