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Gunshy [DVD] [2000]

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  • Actors: Liam Neeson, Sandra Bullock, Oliver Platt, José Zúñiga, Michael DeLorenzo
  • Directors: Eric Blakeney
  • Writers: Eric Blakeney
  • Producers: Sandra Bullock, Marc S. Fischer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2001
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059RNQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,510 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Undercover DEA agent Charlie (Liam Neeson) is traumatised after a violent drugs bust, and joins a self-help therapy group in order to get through his final assignment - a money-laundering scam between small-time Mafioso Fulvio Nestra (Oliver Platt), drug baron Fidel Vaillar (José Zuniga) and dealer Jason. Fulvio only wants to pull off the deal in order to fulfil his ambition to become a gardener - much to the disdain of his wife - and is less than pleased when Jason begins pressuring him and Fidel to think bigger. Meanwhile Charlie - who is unaware that Jason is in cahoots with his crooked superior, Dexter - tries to take his mind off the deal by dating nurse Judy (Sandra Bullock) after she gives him an enema.


Gun Shy had the misfortune to come along after several other "killer pursues therapy" movies/TV shows (Grosse Pointe Blank, Analyze This, The Sopranos); in this case, it's a DEA agent and not a Mafioso, but that wasn't enough to keep it from getting swept aside. Liam Neeson (Schindler's List, Rob Roy) plays Charlie, a government undercover agent whose last mission got botched, resulting in his partner's death. The DEA isn't willing to let him get out early; Charlie agrees to one more mission. On his flight to the city, he meets a psychiatrist who encourages him to join a group therapy session. Meanwhile, it turns out that the gangster Fulvio, played by busy character actor Oliver Platt (Funny Bones, Bulworth), is equally miserable with his career. Sandra Bullock (who also produced the film) is also enlisted for a small role as the gastroenterologist love interest. Curiously, Neeson and Platt both seem initially miscast--Neeson exudes a solid imperturbability, and Platt comes off as too soft to be really threatening--but over the course of the movie, their performances become increasingly compelling, perhaps because they are cast against type. Their neuroses, which initially seem like a weak gag, starts to feel genuine and sad. Gun Shy is marketed as a comedy, but its strength is in the truth of its characters. --Bret Fetzer,

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Schtinky on 17 Mar. 2004
Format: DVD
Five stars for this cleverly made dark comedy about a DEA Agent's last assignment, to catch the players in a drug ring.
Liam Neeson plays Charlie, whose last assignment with the DEA went south badly, resulting in his partner being killed and him being literally tied up on a large platter of watermelon, but is rescued before he is executed.
The very opening scene of this movie is a kick, with Charlie sitting pants-less on the bathroom floor of an airport, talking to himself and reliving his arguments with his boss and the execution of his partner; complete with a hilarious fantasy of the bad guys doing ballet leaps as they are shot, surrealistic and funny, choreographed along with the tune "Blue Skies For Everyone".
Charlie meets a psychiatrist on the airplane, and decides to see him. Dr. Bleckner talks Charlie into joining his group therapy session, where Charlie unloads the stresses of his job, to the astonishment of the group. He also talks Charlie into seeing a gastroenterologist, and prescribes some sedatives for him to take before his big meeting with the drug mob.
Charlie teams up with Fidel and Estuvio, two Columbians who are bringing in the drugs, and a meeting is arranged with Fulvio Nesstra (Oliver Platt) and his money man Jason Cane (Andrew Lauer). Fulvio is a frustrated gangster, following along in the family business and trying to please his father-in-law, when what he really wants to do is just be able to grow a good tomato.
The meeting is hilarious, with Charlie falling asleep from the drugs while talking with Fulvio, and Fulvio shooting Estuvio in the jewels.
Charlie goes to the gastroenterologist and meet nurse Judy Tipp (Sandra Bullock) who tells him that he needs to get his life under control or he will s*** himself to death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 6 May 2014
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This is one of those goofy movies that is off the main street but it is quite hilarious. Sandra Bullock and Liam Neeson work well together. There are some other familiar faces as well and I could watch this three times in a row it's that good.
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By Primo Marquez on 25 Sept. 2013
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Can't believe this wasn't a huge film. Unexpected and excellent comic performance from Liam Neeson. His chemistry with Oliver Platt was the love story.
Silly and soulful film with a big heart filled with classic comic moments.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Graham C. Roberts on 4 Jun. 2008
Format: DVD
Bullock is charming but can not save a movie that does not know whether it is a wacky comedy fantasy or aiming for gravitas or desiring to be a romance. Neeson is miscast and unbelievable as a hard nosed cop - you just think Sandra's character would do better than him. The film flags whenever she is off screen, and Neeson only convinces that he is unable to be comedic.

The film is too long because it has one joke and that is to see Neeson out of his depth. Actually the film would rate 3 stars if it was half as long and the first third without Bullock was left on the cutting room floor.

The final scene - typical really - shows 2 critically shot men swimming like Olympians.

What a waste.
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