Best gun play in a movie?

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'Open Range' with Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall. The gunfight in town towards the end of the movie.
'Quigley Down Under'.
'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly' and the other Spaghetti Weterns. Maybe not 'realistic, but entertaining.

Liked :

  • Quigley
    Pale Rider
    Once Upon A Time In The West
    The recent War Movies
    The "Trinity" series
    The Professional
    Old Steve McQueen stuff
    Most Tom Selleck stuff
    That movie with Bruce Willis in the prohibition years...

...dang...I just like stuff with GUNS!!!
I have to say Way of the GUN as well as so many others have. I mean it's just the best most realistic portrayal of modern day gunfighting I have seen period. I love the way they managed to capture the modern western shootout type feel by filming mostly in the desert without ever being even clost to campy or too western like. I have been telling people about it forever and I can't believe how few know it sometimes, but everyone I ever get to watch it comes back blown away. I even made a couple of friends a dvd of it for gratis just so they could see it. Obviously there are a lot of other greats too though. Heat, Unforgiven, the new Miami Vice Movie was off the hook, etc., etc.
Open Range seemed pretty good too.
I loved the movie, own it on DVD, and the gun fight scenes were great, but you don't get your legs swept out from under you when shot with a shotgun in the legs. Everyone shot with a shotgun in this movie gets literally blown away as if hit by a wrecking ball.
In no particular order

Quigley Down Under
Black Hawk Down
Saving Private Ryan

I take that back. I give Quigley the #1 spot and then in no particular order.
McQueen: The Getaway

McQueen's gun handling in the Getaway was the best ever: 1911 and 12 ga pump. Second place is his shooting and handling in Bullitt.

Everyone else is second place.

John Wayne was a terrible gun handler, even when someone finally coached him in the True Grit Series. Usually he handles a gun like its a frying pan.

James Coburn was a good gun hand. Watch him in Cross of Iron. Audie Murphy was terrific as well. He used to dare his fellow actors Tony Curtis and Kirt Douglas to load them up with real bullets, step outside and see who was the fastest draw and the best shot. Once Murphy walked up to Curtis, pulled both guns and let him have it with blanks in the midsection. Curtis fell like dead, with his shirt and leather vest on fire. He never forgave Murphy, nor forgot.

I'll never forgive Billy Bob Thornton for his terrible flintlock technique as David Crockett in The Alamo. He wimped out and wouldn't even cheekweld because of the flash and spark. Daniel Day Lewis, on the other hand, actually had perfect blackpowder form in Last of the Mohicans. He follows through on every shot.

Duval pretty good in Lonesome Dove and other movies.

Speaking of Open Range: I'm always amazed that folks liked a movie where he and Costner rode into town and killed the legally elected civil authority, plus all other government employees, plus most prominent citizens. What are you guys...a bunch of anarchist nuts?

Always glad to see anti-gun folks make movies with American Values and good gun handling, like Hanks and Spielburg in Band of Brothers and Private Ryan. Not too shabby.

Deniro always good. I think Eastwood is so-so. He ought to be better. Pretty awful in Heartbreak Ridge.

But nobody beats McQueen. Watch how many people he holds OFF of shooting in The Getaway.

But don't rent the newer version. Baldwin and Basinger hardly know which end of a gun to hold.
Audie Murphy was terrific as well.

I should HOPE so!

"Taxi Driver" isn't the best, but the ending where he alternates between 4 different pistols is one of the most gritty, bloody, and I suppose realistic gunfights I've seen in a movie. And the rest of the movie is fantastic too.

Three. He had the Browning .25, the .38, and the .44. The convenience store owner took care of the PPK after the shooting earlier in the movie.

Collateral was good, as CountGlockula shows. I think he should have been wearing a vest, though. Five hits and he doesn't have a vest?
The part where German is dozing against the sandbags and an Aussie sneaks up and taps him on the helmet with a Webley before cocking it.

The volley fire.

The part right at the end where Selleck is picking up anything he can find as the Mounted Patrol approaches. Even blows the sand out of the Cylinder pawl of the Colt.
Saving Private Ryan, Band of Brothers, silence of the lambs when starlings shoots the serial killer, red dragon when detective grahm shoots hannibal with his backup gun and the ending scene. the wild bunch ending scene is just plain crazy, Butch Cassidy and the sundance kid the ending scene, black hawk down is great. there are so many.
Once Murphy walked up to Curtis, pulled both guns and let him have it with blanks in the midsection. Curtis fell like dead, with his shirt and leather vest on fire. He never forgave Murphy, nor forgot.

I've always heard Murphy was a little "off" after all he went through. I suppose he'd have to be.
As visually indicated above, Collateral had classroom-perfect procedure. Mozambique, on-back, etc. all done with surgical precision.

Way Of The Gun was excellent for gun handling.

Equilibrium had spectacular, but technically improper, gunplay - spray and pray at its finest. The swordplay, however, was amazing (esp. the last scene).
My Favorites:

The Wild Bunch
Way of the Gun
Open Range (I think thats what it's called? Had Costner and Duvall in it)

The gunplay was plausible, yet awesome.

The myopic bandit's crap shot, and the sherrif's coup de grace were both classic.
Someone did mention the new movie.

I havn't seen WOTG, but for action/gunplay (emphasis on the action) I liked Last Man Standing.

Very cheesy looking, but I like some cheap movies.
"Way of the Gun" does have its problems.

Like making a perfect straight line of bullet holes with a full-auto .308 Galil.

By the way, If Del Toro had saved the ammo in that galil instead of spraying and praying that wall, I believe they would have made it.:(


You mean the movie where a soldier takes out a whole fortified mountain/hill by shooting it with a bazooka?
Yeah, Windtalkers is right up there with Pearl Harbor. Horrible film, inaccurate in nearly every respect.

Why all this love for Equilibrium? It seems to me Sean Bean had the right response to that pile of dren. The idiots go around slapping people with the butts of 92s. What's that supposed to do? And the nonsense about shooting blind based on statistics was one of the most absurd things I've ever heard. Gun fu? ***? The swordplay was also idiotic. They even had the "I'm cut in half but it takes me a minute to realize it before I fall apart" scenes!

For unrealistic but fun action, "Hard Boiled" has the greatest shootouts of all time. For realistic shooting, "Heat" is the best.
Way of the Gun just bugs the hell out of me. I can't tell what I am supposed to be seeing in the gun fighting parts. #1 they happened to hire an advisor for the gun scenes, and he made sure they were done displaying the highest level of proficiency regardless of the rest of the movie. #2 the excellent gun handling was supposed to be some sort of joke.

It just doesn't make sense that you got 2 loner scumbag screwballs who all of a sudden exibit excellent gun handling skills, and all of a sudden have just a ton of hardware to do it with. From the beginning scene, they obviously have no problem starting violent confrontations 'just for kicks' although that is just punching and stuff, in the middle we see them using biological means to garner cash (to use a THR approprate discription) while acting like A-holes or jokers, yet they got no problem starting violence and are apparently highly skilled so why not hold up a bank?

It's just way to much of how those guys are characterized does not explain how they become ubergunmen when the chips are down. Enough so that it distracts from the entire movie. But as said, the plotline and acting isn't very compelling.

Thing is, bad acting bad plotline, good gun scenes, I can normally just drop in the DVD or tape and fastforward to the fightscene, watch it, and be happy (ala heat, I don't need to see robert dinero's character romance the bookstore lady every time...nor the val kilmer's character wife issues but I can watch the opening holdup, then zip to the bank holdup and be happy)
Well, the gun scenes in Way of the Gun were choreographed by an ex-Navy SEAL.

And thus they were a bid over done.
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