Love can be one of the greatest things in the world, it can help you to soar as high as an Eagle knowing that you are going to be spending the rest of your life with the one you love… Love can also be one of the worst things in the world to, it can tear at your soul make you jealous, and stupid and make you do some pretty stupid stuff…
Art is filled with both examples, rather it be in literature, paintings, sculptures or heck, even movies, both sides, the side the can make you the most happiest man or women in the world or the most miserable mess one really can be.
Now you might be wondering why I am mentioning all this stuff about the good side and the bad side to love, well simply put, the movie that I thought that I would recommend here has very much to do with the negative/dangerous side of love… This movie being, Guncrazy (1992):
Written by: Matthew Bright (Freeway) and Directed by: Tamra Davis (CB4). Starring: Drew Barrymore (Sketch Artist), James LeGros (Leather Jackets), Michael Ironside (Cafe Romeo) Billy Drago (Death Ring).
This movie tells the sad tale of Anita Minteer (Barrymore) and how the one good thing in her life quickly went sour…
Now what I mean by this is that Anita is a 16 year old girl who grew up dirt poor in a small California town, her mother has left her to stay with her lecherous boyfriend, by the time she is 16 she has a reputation around the small town that she grew up in as, ‘a girl who would sleep with anything that wears pants’… (Sadly this nice girl never really had a chance!)
That is until one day when Anita is in class and her class is assigned to set up pen pals… Now of course people are setting up pen pals with people in Europe and what not, but not Anita. One night after sleeping with her mom’s boyfriend, Anita discovers an add posted in the personals for a pen pal from a prison inmate, Howard (LeGros).
Now Howard has been in and out of Prison for years, he pistol whipped his father, and most recently he was sent away to prison for killing a clerk.
With that said their growing romance started out about as close to normal as it can (considering that they fell in love with each other via correspondence. But after Anita helps get Howard out of Prison, she sets him up with a job, a place to stay and as a member of the church of one of those snake charmer church’s being run by, Hank Fulton (Drago), and heck even after Howard and Anita are caught naked together, Hank helps Howard and Anita to get married.
With that said, life seems to be going well with Anita’s mom’s boyfriend having been murdered (by Anita) before Howard arrived from Prison, they seem to be living a pretty ideal life for a poor trailer trash couple, (I mean the only thorn in their side is Howard’s parole officer.)
With that said, things start to go down hill a bit after Anita shows Howard her arsenal and lets him use it…
You see it all starts off being pretty harmless, but things start going wrong for the couple when Anita shows Howard where she stashed her mother’s boyfriend. Well after Anita shows Howard, they decide to wrap the mom’s boyfriend up and take him up to a local furnace so that they can destroy the body. That goes by pretty easily, until a couple of boys who had sex with Anita before she met Howard end up at the furnace trying to harass the two of them in to letting the boys have their way with Anita…
Now with Howard being a gentlemen of sorts, doesn’t like how these boys are talking about his new wife, and the fight escalates until Howard ends up killing the two kids. After this is done, Howard and Anita decide to take off in the two boys car (theirs had become in operable) to bury the two boys.
Well not long after that, things get dramatically worse for them when Howard’s parole officer tries to split up the couple after an accident in which Hank was sent to the Hospital, and after Howard tries to run off with Anita, Anita ends up having to shoot the Sheriff’s Deputy (who had chased after Howard) in the head killing the deputy, and taking the parole officer hostage.
Now with the two of them on the run, this poor man’s Bonnie and Clyde, are going to find out just truly how much the two love each other, and what love will do to save a person’s life!
With that said, what I like about this movie and what I truly do believe makes this an amazing B-Movie is a couple of things:
1. I love the cast of this movie, I mean Drew Barrymore, Billy Drago, Michael Ironside, along with so many other great actors… What can I say, this movie had a real powerful cast to it!
2. The next thing that I thought that I would say that I thought that you guys might find interesting. This being that Guncrazy won’t be the last time that either Drew Barrymore or James LeGros will have worked together, seeing as they just completed the movie, Everybody Loves Whales (which is due to be released next year.)
3. I also thought that you guys might be interested to know that this movie is a loose remake of an old 1950’s Noir movie starring, John Dall (The Man Who Cheated Himself), Peggy Cummins (Operation X) and Berry Kroeger (Guilty Of Treason) with the same name!
Anyway folks, if your looking for a fun movie that has to do with doomed love, then I recommend this one, it is an interesting one!