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Gun Crazy [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: John Dall, Peggy Cummins, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky, Anabel Shaw
  • Directors: Joseph H. Lewis
  • Writers: Dalton Trumbo, MacKinlay Kantor, Millard Kaufman
  • Producers: Frank King, Maurice King
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 July 2004
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000244EWY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,947 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael Clayden on 16 Mar 2008
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"Gun Crazy" is one of my all time favourite film noirs.Made and set in 1949, they dont come more raw and exciting than this.I first saw "Gun Crazy" on BBC2 in the UK. I was mesmerized from beginning to end by the power house performances of its two stars, american actor John Dall and english actress Peggy Cummins. The film opens with Bart Tare (played by a young Russ Tamblyn) being placed in a young offenders institution after his obsession for guns leads him to break into a hardware store and steal a gun on display.After a spell in reform school and the army a grown up Bart(John Dall) returns to his home town a reformed man. At the local carnival he meets sharp shooter "The Darling of London England" Annie Laurie Starr.
The two are immediately attracted to one another.In a scene super charged with sexual tension and subtle inneundo, they play off eachother in a thrilling gun contest.Bart may want to be a good guy but he wont stand a chance with the very bad Annie Laurie Starr. A grade "A" Pychopath with a lust for killing.Soon she has Bart around her little finger and in deep trouble as they loot and shoot their way from state to state.
Although they realise they are total opposites and probably doomed for destruction they cant break from each other. As Bart says, they go together somehow like guns and ammunition.
There are many great moments in this film. A a bank raid shot in one take thats so real that a passer by actually yells out "the banks being robbed!" not realising its all been staged for the film.
Peggy Cummins is a revelation as the femme fatale from hell who comes across like a cat on heat.She actually gets sexually excited when Bart is shooting his gun,while at the same time he's doing his best not to shoot anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 April 2011
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Bart Tare (John Dall) had a fascination with guns from an early age, even getting sent to a reform school at the age of 14 for yet another gun related incident. Back home now as an adult, after a stint in the army, he falls for a sharp-shooting carnival girl called Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins) and promptly joins the act. But after a fall out with the boss, the pair hit the road and turn to a life of crime; with Annie particularly showing a thirst for gun-play.

No doubt inspired by real life outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, Deadly Is the Female (AKA: Gun Crazy) is as good a "doomed lovers on the lam" picture that has ever been made. It may be a "B" movie in terms of production, but no doubt about it, this film is stylish, crafty and also very sexy. Directed by the unsung Joseph H. Lewis, it's based on a story written by MacKinlay Kantor that was reworked by Millard Kaufman (AKA: the then blacklisted Dalton Trumbo), into one that links sex and violence whilst simultaneously casting an eye over gun worship and its place in the American way of life. Dall & Cummings looked on the surface an odd pairing, but under Lewis' direction they go together like gun and holster (ahem). He is well spoken, almost elegantly fragile with his musings, yet underneath there is still this twitchy gun fanatic. She is savvy, almost virginal in sexuality, but ultimately she's a wild cat who's practically un-tamable.

The work of Lewis here should not be understated, check out the quite sublime continuous one take bank robbery. While marvel throughout at his long takes, use of angles, deep focus and jerking camera movements; all of which dovetail with our protagonists as they go on their nihilistic journey. But perhaps his master-stoke was with his preparation tactics for his two leads?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pod on 5 Oct 2011
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Given that there is an excellent range of film noir on region 2, why this highly -rated film isn't included for English release is baffling. I had to buy the Warner Bros Spanish version,which is of very good sound and picture quality, but can only be played either dubbed in Spanish or in the original but with non-removable Spanish subtitles,which is tiresome.As for the film,I agree with the previous comments;this is a film noir gem,which has terrific dramatic pacing,powerful performances form John Dall and Peggy Cummins and highly original direction and camera-work.
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A truly excellent film. Non-stop action almost from the off and some of the most crackling sexual tension I've ever seen (and this from 1949!). The moral and practical problems of crime are faced squarely but without being rammed down your throat: Two people dead! Just so we can live without working! is a great line, but things move fairly swiftly on.

How on earth has this fallen through the cracks so as to be given no R2 release at all, and an R1 version that's 10 years old and in short supply, to judge by the price?

For those who like noir and this era generally, I'd say unmissable.
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Vaguely inspired by the crimes committed by Bonnie and Clyde gang, this is a very good, sad and shocking "film noir" from 1950. Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS.

Before going further, one important precision: the initial title of this film was "Deadly is the female" - and we will see a little bit later why it was a much better title than "Gun crazy"...

This film tells the story of Barton Tare, a man who always was fascinated by firearms, since his earliest childhood and of Annie-Laurie Starr, the love of his life, a girl who openly admitted that she is "bad". She later added "but I will try to be good" - but she never intended to try very hard...

Barton Tare is played by John Dall, born as John Jenner Thompson in 1918, a tall, handsome actor who played more in theater and on TV than in movies, albeit he was nominated for an Oscar for his big screen debut "The corn is green" in 1945 and was also very much noticed by the critics in Hitchcok's "Rope" in 1948. Dall died from heart attack in 1971. He is today mostly remembered by film noir amateurs precisely for his brilliant performance in "Gun crazy".

Annie-Laurie Starr is played by Peggy Cummins, born Augusta Margaret Fuller in 1925, a very attractive British actress, who, as a very young starlet was one of bilionnaire's Howard Hughes girlfriends, before dumping him in 1945 for a young war hero, a certain John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who was just beginning a political career. Their affair lasted a couple of years but ended when her career took off for real in 1947. Even if "Gun crazy" was not a box office success, she was very much noticed nevertheless and she kept playing a lot after that.
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