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4.1
939 Ratings

Gun Crazy

Deadly Is the Female

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
United States, 1950
Film noir

Synopsis

Bart and his buddies Clyde (Harry Lewis) and Dave (Ned Young) attend a Carnival to see the shooting performance by Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins) and Bart is immediately attracted to her because of her beauty and the fact that she is a crack shot.

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Gun Crazy Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
A proto-Bonnie and Clyde (1967), the film is an explosion from Hollywood’s periphery with Lewis’ innovative cinematographic vision bleeding right off the silver screen.
December 07, 2018
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It’s not hard to see the range of Gun Crazy’s influence from the French New Wave to New Hollywood films like Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde. Gun Crazy (with a script by Dalton Trumbo) is a movie that, along with films like Edgar Ulmer’s Detour, managed to expand what a B-movie could be.
July 02, 2017
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Given that [screenwriter Dalton] Trumbo was facing a stint in federal prison for contempt of court (which he started serving a few months after Gun Crazy’s release), it’s easy to read a broader anger in the movie’s unchecked urges and frustrations, which combined with Lewis’ freedom of form—confident camera moves, long takes, shrouds of shadow and fog, macabre eroticism—to create one of the great works of art of the American B-movie. It lets it all out.
February 05, 2016
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