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The Way of the Gun [DVD] [2000]

Ryan Phillippe , Benicio Del Toro , Christopher McQuarrie    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis, Taye Diggs, Nicky Katt
  • Directors: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Writers: Christopher McQuarrie
  • Producers: Kenneth Kokin, Russell D. Markowitz
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: 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: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OR56
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,567 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



From the opening scene of Way of the Gun, writer and first time director Christopher McQuarrie (who also penned Academy Award winner The Usual Suspects) plays with the audience's allegiances: the guys who would be heroes (Benicio Del Torro and Ryan Phillippe) are immediately shown to have qualities which make us hesitate in supporting their cause--they punch women in the face. Del Torro and Phillippe are criminals and chancers. During a trip to a clinic to donate sperm (for a fee, natch), they prick up their ears when they overhear a conversation about a surrogate mother and her very wealthy sponsors. Soon they have kidnapped heavily pregnant Robyn (Juliette Lewis) and made off towards Mexico to wait out the rest of the gestation period. Inevitably, complications arise. What they don't realise is that would-be father, Hale Chidduck (Scott Wilson) is a criminal overlord whose many employees are determined not to see their master lose his money or his baby. James Caan plays Chidduck's right-hand man with avuncular charm. Like McQuarrie's earlier Usual Suspects script, this pacey yarn is full of complex twists and turns, with all manner of visual clues given in a look or a gesture. These subtleties and the squeak-and-you'll-miss-it dialogue keep audience involvement at a high level. The film is also full of beautifully put together set pieces edited with precision and wit--most memorable are a suspenseful low speed car chase and the shoot out at the film's climax. All these elements almost make you forget that you don't ultimately feel very emotionally involved with any of the characters: they're all on the make, but Del Torro was a bit of inspired casting, because there's just something about his eyes which makes you root for him whatever.

On the DVD . "I wanted to violate every rule of the sympathetic character" says McQuarrie in his humorous, irreverent and highly entertaining DVD commentary. The cast interviews included on this disc are disappointingly brief with irritating banner headlines introducing each point the interviewee makes. The biographies are adequate but hardly expansive, and although the director's commentary is highly entertaining, taken as a whole the disc's special features are nothing to write home about. --Emma Perry

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DVD Special Features:

Director and Composer commentary
Isolated music score with composer's commentary
Cast interviews
Theatrical trailer
Cast and crew biographies

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is an unusual crime thriller in that it is advertised as a sort of comedy, well maybe for some people, whilst it starts with a humorous punch up, the jokes are sparse at best from there on in. The plot is about two crooked drifters who are basically opportunistic in their approach to making a dishonest living. Whilst waiting to sell their `love juice' at a fertility clinic (for three thousand bucks!)they hear about a certain doctor who has an unusual client, an unusual client with lots of money and an important baby on the way.

This client is a wealthy man with dodgy business dealings that require him to have armed protection. His wife is too lazy to have a child for him, so they have chosen the surrogacy route. For a million in cash Robin (Juliette Lewis) is carrying his son. She is nine months gone, and our two heroes Mr Parker (Ryan Philippe) and Mr Longbaugh (Benicio del Toro) decide to kidnap her. That is when it all kicks off with car chases and plenty of gun play and oodles of intrigue.

This is more than a shoot out fest in that it has some well observed humour in a gallows sort of way. The plot is far from straight forward; in fact it almost feels contrived the further into it you go, just one coincidence too many I was thinking. However it all seems to work. We have real guns that actually run out of bullets (for a change) and when people get hit they hurt and or bleed. All of the supporting cast are brilliant, we have one guy who plays Russian Roulette with himself, the bagman is James Caan who puts in a compelling performance as a man who has out lived any real intrigue life can throw at him. Both Philippe and del Toro are as ever great value for money, but it is Juliette Lewis who pulls out all the stops and manages to steal more than one scene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 4 Dec 2008
By Dancer
Action movies with intellect are sadly thin on the ground, but this is a star. The principles are fairly competent criminals who chance across a possible big score. They act with some sense, ability and understanding to peruse their agenda's, but there are no `Swordfish' master criminals, or ludicrous John Woo gun fights.

The shoot outs really deserve a special mention. They were choreographed by the Director's brother an ex Navy Seal, and it really shows. This couldn't be further than the usual idiotic jumping through the air with pistols, hell they even reload. About every reviewer here has mentioned the `show car chase' and for good reason. Just watch it and see.

The Way of the Gun is a story with a plot, characters, action. If you're more interested in those things than clapping your flippers at big explosions just buy it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth buying!! 24 Aug 2005
By brusk
I was standing around in HMV opposite the 3 for 20 deal, looking for some new DVDs. I picked 'way of the gun' up and wasn't sure what it was. However having seen films with Ryan Phillipes and Benicio Del Toro, I had a good feeling about this title.
The film opens with a dark but very funny seen, which kind of shocks you into wanting to keep eyes on the screen. from here on I was interested to see what the duo were going to gt themelves into. The story line is unique and this is supported by the deep and interesting characters. Unlike some films the entire story didnt revolve around the pair of criminals wanting to get their hands on fortune. It's good when other characters are explored.
Having said this the way that Ryan Phillipe's and Del Toro's characters work together is done very intellegently. the way in which they use tactics with their weapons (the scene where they are being followed by the bodyguards is really clever).
Anyway enough of this blabbering. If you like action, humour and scenes that will make you really think, this is a great film to watch! I recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Viewing. 13 Dec 2013
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Good film. Well acted, and exciting. Delivered well before time, (as usual) I would shop here any time. Merry Christmas.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars top notch film 20 Jun 2002
Format:VHS Tape
a great cast turn this film into something special. taking its cue from the hostage film sub-genre it adds 21st century details and some new observations which are sure to crop up in the genre's films for years to come - the stop-start car chase at the beginning for example. it begins with one of the funniest openings of recent years but it isn't a comedy, although it is quite light. after this it continues to weave a delicate plot with plenty of action set pieces, including a shoot out at the end that Peckinpah would have been proud to call his own. but it belongs to the director Christopher McQuarrie - the writer of The Usual Suspects. like that film, this is stylishly shot and innovative in its subject and substance. Phillippe is excellent, as is del Toro, but we've come to expect nothing but from one of the coolest men in the world. James Caan gives another excellent performance - as far as the acting and actors are concerned the key word is 'excellent'. overall, one of the most enjoyable and cool films of recent times.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful complexity 26 April 2003
From the opening scene this film kept me riveted. Not only is it beautifully shot but the combination of a number of genre specific characters in a vehicle that denies prediction is a truly refreshing change from the bad "gangster films" that have arisen lately. The use of a number of very strong actors; del Toro and Phillippe epitomise Melvillian cool chic, Caan is his usual brilliant self and Taye Diggs makes an interesting appearance as a calculating bodyguard. While the plot twists can seem a little overwhelming on the first viewing this film gets better the more you watch it. The Dirty Dozen-esque mexican shoot-out at the end makes it a must on its own, but combined with the wit and intelligence of the script and the strength of the performances by the strong cast it outshines everything I have seen for a long time. If you liked Se7en, Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction or Natural Born Killers buy this film, I guarantee you will enjoy it. An absolute classic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable
This is not a great film but it is watchable.
The plot is very loose and at time I fet that bits were added to make up time. Read more
Published 19 months ago by j1thu
5.0 out of 5 stars Goooooood Film
Wasn't expecting to like this as much as i did but i loved it, good story and some good action, i had even seen the last shootout scene on youtube before actually watching the... Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2011 by Mr. C. J. Davies
1.0 out of 5 stars Nasty,violent and pointless
America can be a very violent society , that sometimes seems to still believe that might is right and that finds nasty brutish pointless violence entertaining. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by I. Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars a great gem of a movie
way of the gun is fantastic film, great direction, great cast, great score by john ottman(xmen 2, usual suspects). recommened *****
Published on 15 Sep 2010 by mr mark mooney
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard hitting, unusual thriller - great stuff!
The man who wrote "The Usual Suspects" would be expected to deliver well, and he did. This is a terrific, tense and blazing film. Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2008 by CJ
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor wannabe Peckinpah nonsense.
Feted in some quarters, I looked forward to this directorial debut from Christopher McQuarrie (screenwriter on The Usual Suspects & X-Men)- sadly, the film failed to live up to the... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2003 by Jason Parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way of the Gun
The first scene is enough to grab your attention. The movie moves at a sufficient pace and at no point did I lose interest. Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2002 by A. Shafiuddin
5.0 out of 5 stars This film makes 'The Usual Suspects' seem predictable
When I saw this film for the first time I didn't know what to think, I felt that even though the violence was absolutely foul but because of the incredibly witty and clever script. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2002 by james bell
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