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  • Actors: Tamra Davis|Michael Ironside|Drew Barrymore|Ione Skye
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Medusa
  • VHS Release Date: 17 Nov. 1997
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00004CMIP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,584 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Anita (Drew Barrymore) is a bored white trash girl with a dull lifestyle, tormented by her classmates and abused by her mother's violent boyfriend. When ex-con and murderer Howard enters her life, he becomes the focus of her attention. Soon Anita is indulging in a passionate affair with Howard, and sharing his interest in guns.

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Freshly arrived on the comeback trail after the well-publicised excesses of her childhood, Drew Barrymore found herself cast in 1991's Gun Crazy as white-trash California girl Anita, whose status as walking punchline and bully fodder for her classmates is compounded further when she strikes up a pen-pal relationship with Howard (James LeGros), a reflective, thoughtful and altogether charming older man. The snag? Howard's currently residing in a maximum-security Federal institution in Chino, Ca., where he's doing time for manslaughter. Not that Anita considers this an impediment to romance and--as soon as her beau is released on parole--the two set up home together in a doomed attempt to live out their apple-pie fantasy of loving coupledom and domestic bliss. The all-too-inevitable crime spree is, of course, right around the corner.

Loosely based on Joseph H Lewis' 1950 film noir of the same name, director Tamra Davis' bittersweet melodrama treads familiar territory, but does so with a rare degree of bleak poetry and fuzzy, persuasive naturalism. The arid, empty Midwestern landscapes may not have quite the same potency as they did in Warren Beatty and Arthur Penn's seminal Bonnie and Clyde, but as a grungy update on the form, Gun Crazy is more than acceptable. The deadpan conviction of the relationship between Barrymore and LeGros--both of whom do well in their roles--among the trailer parks and derelict buildings gives the film a genuinely poignant centre. --Danny Leigh

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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2001
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this was the first film by drew, i was really impressed withe the great love story and how good the plot was.Drew looks brillant as her role anita
This film is not only for drew fan but a most be for most people
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Again? 14 Mar. 2005
By K. Gittins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"Guncrazy" is a mediocre movie at best, unfortunately. However, if you want to see a 17-year old Drew in (yet again) sexual situations (none of which are good), then this is the movie for you. It combines the "I married an ex-con", "I like guns", and "I'm a sexually troubled girl" plots into yet another movie.

Directed by Tamra Davis, who made at least one pretty good movie ("Skipped Parts"), she is not totally without talent. The movie was written by Matthew Bright, who wrote "Freeway" a few years earlier, so he has talent as well. Included are Drew Barrymore, Ione Skye and a couple other notable names, however, they display no real talents here.

I guess the dialog is the weakest link. Some of it just sounds bad or out of place.

There are no extra features. You could do worse, but not by much.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
good little movie 4 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a gem of a movie with a great performance from Drew Barrymore. It was another one of her comeback movies, filmed after "Poison Ivy". The story revolves around a teenager ( Barrymore ) who has been abused all her life. She becomes pen pals with a convict ( James LeGros ), who is guncrazed. To impress him she takes up shooting guns. With this new found power in her hands she shoots one of her abusers. When LeGros finally gets out, they bury the body and wind up killing two more people. They are then on the run from the cops. A must see for any Drew fan.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Crazy is the Female 5 Aug. 2005
By A. Gyurisin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I am always excited to see the darkness of cinema's past, but continually happy with its progress and evolution over the years. If the genre displayed in Guncrazy would have remained throughout the cinematic years, I think I would have had to choose a different hobby other than film. Here we have a very gritty, very disturbing film, which just never seems to leave the hangar. I continually felt that Guncrazy was this grounded plane never geared for takeoff, which was disappointing because several times it seemed as if it was ready for lift-off. Director Tamra Davis has her work cut out for her on this picture. It surprised me that the woman who brought us Billy Madison, Half-Baked, and Crossroads would dare dabble in a project like this ... yet she did, and I don't think that she succeeded. Matthew Bright, the guy who brought us Freeway, has a very crafted story, but I believe that it is Davis' direction, coupled with disappointing acting that ultimately destroys this film.

Think about this for a minute. When you are directing a film of this caliber, you as a director need to realize that it is more than just a story about sexual teens and violence, but instead a haunting image of our world, culture, and society. As I watched this film, I couldn't help but see (and sometimes hear) Bright's angst-ridden voice about our society trying to come through, but it felt that Davis was pushing that aside in hopes to give Drew more screen time. We kept scratching on the surface of guns and violence, but never quite dug deep enough. There was so much that should have happened with this story, that Bright's words were completely ignored and left for Davis to butcher. I believe that if Bright would have manned this project, we may have seen stronger characters, deeper emotions and themes, all the while exposing truths about our society. These were elements that were lacking considerably in this film. While it is said that Davis tried to avoid making a remake of Crazy is the Female, I believe that the older film spoke more about society than this film did. Davis covered up truths and intelligence with overly clichéd shock moments coupled with silly, incoherent violence.

With Davis practically missing the mark behind the camera, this left nothing for the actors. Barrymore decently tries to fill the shoes of this innocent 17-year old that only wanted love and would do anything for it, but the lacking chemistry between her and LeGros overshadows her performance. I felt as if Davis could only afford a portion of LeGros for this film and most of the time he was replaced with a cardboard cut-out of himself. He gave no emotion to his character. I realize that he was to show how corrupt the world had been to him, but does that mean he cannot smile, frown, show fear, excitement, hatred, distrust, love, or any range of emotions that come with being an actor. LeGros hurt this film. Typically, I like his performances, but I don't think he was ready, nor did it seem that he really wanted this role. This hurt the foundation of the film. Here we have Barrymore giving a decent performance, but LeGros doesn't hold up his end of the bargain, which ultimately hurts any support that we have for our heroines.

While I sternly believe that Davis destroyed the overall tone of the film and LeGros' cardboard image impeded any connection with Barrymore, there were some scenes that I thought Bright exceptionally wrote into this film. My favorite scene in the entire film was when Anita and Howard were together at the house living a life that could never be theirs. It was so interesting to see these two victims of poverty living, breathing, and experiencing a physically imaginative world. Then, a pivotal changing moment in the film occurs and it really places this film into a different perspective. I wasn't expecting this type of change in the film, and it really showcased what Bright was trying to accomplish. Another scene that I enjoyed occurred right before this monumental scene, when Hank is just about to be arrested by his parole officer. He screams down the hall of the hospital, and all Anita responds with is, "What's he yellin' about now?" This shocked me because it completely tore down any barriers that I thought I already knew about Anita and Hank's relationship. Was there a level of comfortability settling in with the relationship? Interesting turn, which captured my attention. Sadly, the remaining scenes were just a flagrant disrespect to Bright's darkening talent.

Overall, I wasn't impressed with this film. I strongly suggest it to those who are big Matthew Bright fans, but we forewarned this is not as exceptional or as shocking as Freeway was. This was a film completely chastised by Tamra Davis and James LeGros. Barrymore decently carries herself, a la Reese Witherspoon in Freeway, but it just doesn't come together smoothly. The overall tone and elements are completely missing as Davis implements increasing scenes of shock value instead of stronger elements of society. It is difficult to watch, not because of what occurs in the film, but because of the lack of direction, acting, and overall momentum. The final result seems more like a cheaply tailored small tuxedo on a very large man. It covers the wrong spots. Skip it. You will live life happier.

Grade: ** out of *****
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not Quite Trash Classic 20 Oct. 2004
By David Baldwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
So what is this movie? A film noir homage(a la "Gun Crazy")? A Bonnie and Clyde homage? A Lifetime movie-of-the-week? Or is it just plain trash that falls just short of classic status. Drew Barrymore and James LeGros earnestly play the trailer park trash nymphette and her prison pen pal turned partner in crime, respectively. The movie engages your attention throughout. What it lacks are those over-the-top moments that a movie like this needs to attain that midnight movie trash classic status. There is some interesting casting here. Billy Drago (he played Frank Nitti in "The Untouchables") as the trailer-park preacher. Tracey Walter, veteran of Jonathan Demme films, appears here as a barroom patron. Joe D'Allesandro, veteran of Andy Warhol films and the Sonny Steelgrave segment of TV's "Wiseguy", appears as Barrymore's mother's boyfriend.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
gripping and well acted. 2 Jun. 2000
By Gus Mauro - Published on Amazon.com
When i first saw this film i could not belive that Drew Barrymore was capable of true acting talent. Most of the films she has done to this day are about aldolescent subjects. Here she plays with more conviction being an abused girl who falls for the wrong guy and end up on the wrong side of the law. Some tense moments and overall a well done film.
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