Men with Guns

"Excellent"

Men with Guns Review


I've never been a huge fan of the work of John "Mr. Pretentious" Sayles, and Men with Guns is hardly short on pretension, but this is truly one of his best films. It's also one of his least-seen movies, and it's no wonder why: The story is told almost wholly in Spanish and concerns an urban, Mexican professor who chooses to travel into the jungle to find out what has become of his students -- all bound for rural destinations where they have pledged to help the poor populace. The professor's journey is hardly one of nostalgia, as one by one he finds they are dead or vanished, victims of the cruel army (aka "the men with guns") that have been ravaging the countryside. Chilling and gripping, despite the typical overwroughtness of Sayles. Federico Luppi, as the professor, looks like a Mexican Bob Barker. Surprisingly, this doesn't detract from the rest of the picture.


Facts and Figures

Run time: 127 mins

In Theaters: Friday 27th March 1998

Distributed by: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%
Fresh: 24 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 7.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: R. Paul Miller,

Starring: as Dr. Fuentes, Damián Delgado as Domingo, the Soldier, Dan Rivera González as Conejo, the Boy, as Graciela, the Mute Girl, as Padre Portillo, the Priest, as Andrew

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