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THE WAY OF THE GUN
USA: Artisan Pictures
UK: Alliance Atlantis
Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis, James Caan, Taye Diggs, Nicky Katt, Scott Wilson
Director: Christopher McQuarrie
USA & UK: 119 mins
USA Rated: R for strong violence/gore, language and some sexuality
UK Certificate: 18 for frequent strong violence and coarse language
USA Release Date: 8 September 2000
UK: Release Date: 17 November 2000
Academy Award winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie makes his directorial debut with The Way of the Gun, a twisting crime drama about two cold-blooded career criminals who kidnap a surrogate mother and find themselves in an escalating cycle of guns and mayhem.
Longtime partners Parker (Ryan Phillippe) and Longbaugh (Benicio Del Toro) are hoping for a quick and nonviolent payoff when they abduct Robin (Juliette Lewis), a young woman carrying the child of a wealthy Southwestern couple. But kidnapping proves to be much more complicated, logistically and psychologically, than other felonies they've committed.
Parker is increasingly drawn to the mysterious Robin, whose imminent delivery date awakens strong feelings in him. Tensions rise between Parker and Longbaugh, a ruthlessly decisive man who knows Parker's sentimental impulses could land them in big trouble. As the moment for the ransom exchange approaches, Parker and Longbaugh must battle not only well-armed opponents, but also their own conflicted emotions. THE WAY OF THE GUN also stars Taye Diggs and James Caan.