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Highwaymen, the movie

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by tipoc, Apr 7, 2019.

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  1. Bfh_auto

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    I watched the movie. Overall it was great. The gun store scene could have been more realistic,or deleted.
    I love seeing old guns and cars. It is also nice not having the bad guys glorified for once.
     
  2. fpgt72

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    Noticed last night Netflix has the other BC movie up now.
     
  3. alfsauve

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    Two thumbs up.

    Great acting, Harrelson and Costner, are really good at playing older characters. Great scenery and backdrops reflective of Texas and the depression era.

    Oh, and great guns.
     
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    Neither of them are exactly spring chickens anymore. If you have wrinkles play a character with wrinkles. :D

    I"ve enjoyed watching them both through their careers. Both have played some great roles. Not a lot of gun play in this movie but it was still enjoyable.
     
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    My Wife and I watched it. It had a few slow places but seemed to be pretty much historically correct. I wish you could still walk into a gun shop and buy stuff like that!
     
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    Watched it last night. A rare pretty accurate portrayal of the guns and how they were used.

    When Hamer looked down at the dead motorcycle officer holding the two shotgun shells, they were old fashioned paper shells! Nice to see that much attention to detail.

    I noticed that the movie took place in 1934.....and we all know what happened that year. The gun store scene was probably stretching things a bit, but is was a fun scene.
     
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    I've always thought the Winchester Models 1905/1907/1910 to have been the counterparts to the Remington Models 8/81 rifles, at least conceptually.
    I don't know if anyone else noticed but there was a box of Kellogg's "Pep" cereal sitting on top of a counter in Hamer's kitchen. I'm old enough to remember eating Kellogg's "Krumbles" and "Corn Soya" cereals for breakfast as a kid in the fifties. :cool:
     
  8. Phaedrus/69

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    I saw a clip of the part where Cosner's character goes to the gun store. I'm planning to watch it when I get time.
     
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    Hi...
    Watched the movie last night.
    Thought it was pretty good even though I am no fan of Woody Harrelson.

    Liked the gun store scene...having shot both a Thompson sub machine gun and a Browning BAR at the Knob Creek Machine Gun shoot last fall, I can tell you that they are great fun to shoot.
    If I could walk into a gun store and buy a BAR, I would have one.
     
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    It is interesting the Costner starred in a movie that is somewhat factual instead of his movies that rewrite history such as Dances with Wolves and The Untouchables.

    I love Woody Harrelson and his character. As a history buff the guns really make the movie. As a youngster I remember seeing Bonnie and Clydes shot-up car. I still remember how shot up it was.

    Check out the ambush and real guns used;

     
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    Yes.

    Yes, again.


    I too liked how they didn't sensationalize B&C, and that they played up the fact it would take a good guy with a gun to stop them. Wonder if the scene with Mr. Barrow ( Clydes dad) was factual?
     
  12. Phaedrus/69

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    Watched it tonight, good flick. Lots of cool guns. It was interesting tactically; not sure how accurate it was- probably pretty accurate- that the gang conducted their murders from ambush, and pretty skillfully. No talking, just come out shooting. I wonder if Hamer and the crew actually did come out guns ready to offer them a chance to surrender or just bushwhack them?
     
  13. tipoc

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    Up in post #85 there is a short video that reconstructs the ambush of B&C. When B&C slowed their vehicle to check on the relatives truck the officers opened up from the bushes. They did not walk out to confront B&C.

    It's a movie not a documentary. The movie had to show B&C making eye contact with Hamer and Gault. This for dramatic effect. Same as it shows B&C deciding to go for their guns before the shooting begins.

    Hollywood movies, and everybody else's movies, are drama and entertainment. I watched the movie 300, entertaining, but i can guarantee you that the Spartans did not go into battle wearing nothing but speedos.

    I liked this movie cuz it focused on Gault and Hamer. There was not any John Wick shootouts. The flick was not a shoot-em-up. It told a story well. It provokes discussion like we're doing here.
     
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    They did fight the last battle at the beach. :D


    I agree, I liked the storyline following Gault and Hamer the whole time, I thought it was the right mix of storytelling/drama and action.
     
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    Just found out they filmed the ambush scene at the actual ambush site.
     
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    I wonder if the guns in the movie were real guns.......or fake non-firing replicas. It is hard to tell because they do look like real guns. The Colt 1911's during the prison break look absolutely real, as does the Colt Monitor.

    Russ
     
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    ISS is one the bigger armourers for the movie industry and Zanoff was asked about this issue of real guns on set. He said only if necessary, or if the actor insisted due to feel of real verses rubber/plastic prop. Real guns require armourer's on duty.

    However, for some models it may be cheaper to have armourers on duty than to manufacture the props. Basically it's a case by case, scene by scene basis.

    Also, I found neat is some calibers don't function well with blanks, so,for example, sometimes what's billed as a .45ACP might actually be a 9mm in scenes where it's actuall fired.
     
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    Just watched it yesterday. Good movie all around.
     
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    So the movie had little or no computer fakery? Nice.
    The fake hyper-action stuff is why I seldom watch modern action movies. Such movies are often far too implausible to possibly be connected with any reality.
    I will try to spot it later on Netflix, Hulu or such.

    Very cool also that the director was conscientious enough to use a BAR etc.
     
  20. Fine Figure of a Man

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    Check out Mike Rowe's podcast "The way I heard it" episode 122.
    Less than ten minutes and there are guns in the story.
     
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    I liked the understated, measured approach of this film. That said, I also loved John Wick and 300. Everything has a place so long as it's organic/appropriate to the individual film. The guns did look real, even if some were replicas.
     
  22. The Evangelist Cowboy

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    Alot of people talking about the detail the armorers paid to the gun selection and no one is saying anything about the scene with the dead officer trying to get shells out of his pocket, look closely they are paper hulled shells... Now that is freaking detail specific of the era.
     
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    I watched it a couple of nights ago and thoroughly enjoyed the leisurely pace and good acting, I knew I was going to like it when they pulled a couple of 1911's out of a bag at the beginning. Costner and Harrelson did a fine job pretty much carrying the whole movie. Love seeing all the old guns. I did see a gutter box with some conduit bodies on the back of a building in the background in one scene, doubtful that electrical code had come that far along in 1934. I doubt they actually used the same road to film the ambush, Hwy 154 is 2 lane blacktop all the way from Elm Grove to Gibsland , I've probably driven past the site without thinking about it, next time I'll stop and take pictures. But then I'm just being nit picky since that's my old stomping ground. Definitely worth another watch, I'm sure I'll enjoy it the second time around.
     
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    From what I read it was the same road. Not exactly the same spot. They covered the black top with dirt and they brought in all the foliage along side the road.
     
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    You know what? The curve in the road and the hill looks just right, I took a look in Google Earth. Makes me wonder if my grandfather ever crossed paths with the bunch, he was born in Castor and lived in the area in his youth . I've got an old photo of him standing by his car with 1937 plates on it. You never know.

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    People like pictures so here's an older photo (probably late 20's) of my grandfather laying on one fender, my grandmother sitting on the other. The movie definitely got dress for the era correct. I know it has to be gun related, there's probably guns in the car.;)

    Clyde%20Modeltcrop.jpg [/URL]
     
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