The Way of the Gun

September 8th, 2000


The Way of the Gun

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Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 6.6/10 (19,761 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

Director: Christopher McQuarrie

Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.

Ryan Phillippe - Mr. Parker
Benicio Del Toro - Mr. Longbaugh
Juliette Lewis - Robin
Taye Diggs - Jeffers
Nicky Katt - Obecks
Geoffrey Lewis - Abner Mercer
Dylan Kussman - Dr. Allen Painter
Scott Wilson - Hale Chidduck
Kristin Lehman - Francesca Chidduck
James Caan - Joe Sarno
Henry Griffin - P. Whipped
Armando Guerrero - Federale #1 (as Mando Guerrero)
Andres Orozco - Federale #2
Jan Hanks - Receptionist (as Jan Jensen)
José Pérez - ? (as Jose Perez)

Release Date: 8 September 2000

Filming Locations: Abandoned Gas Station, Skull Valley, Utah, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,150,979 (USA) (10 September 2000) (1515 Screens)

Gross: $13,069,740 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Spain:

Did You Know?

The final shootout scene in the brothel is the same location where the final shootout scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid occurs.

Continuity: The amount of sweat on Dr. Painters shirt during the operation in the motel.

Abner Mercer: She's... she's up there with them... with the doctor and the colored fella. Oh, Jesus. I'm sorry, Joe.
Joe Sarno: There's no, uh... need to be sorry, Abner.
Abner Mercer: I'm dyin'.
Joe Sarno: We'll get somebody right away.
Abner Mercer: No. It's not... not like I'm scared or anything.
Joe Sarno: Listen, Abner...
Abner Mercer: I'm dyin', Joe.
[Nods off for 20 seconds, appears to be dead]
Abner Mercer: . Remember that time, the time... that we... aw, jeez.
Joe Sarno: What time?

User Review

An adult action movie


I used to like movies like: "The Matrix" and "Bad Boys". But I've grown very tired of violent conflict portrayed as easy, fun, moral, and without risk. This is a movie where all the violence is fearsome, difficult, and wholly unpleasant. As it should be, anything else really is dishonest and evil.

This is one reason i think most people don't like this movie. There are two more. One is a somewhat complicated plot. There are about a dozen characters and each one have different motives and I think most people can handle no more than 4 motives. The other reason is that the "main characters" are not the heroes of the story. They set the story in motion and keep it together but they are not who the movie is about and to tell a story in such an unconventionally roundabout way is entirely confusing for some people.

So you may not like this movie if...

You are uncomfortable with violence being violent,

You can't keep track of the motivations of 8 separate characters,

You automatically believe that the story is about the characters played by the actors pictured largest on the box.

otherwise you may really like this movie because it's really well made in all its aspects.


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