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Mean Guns
Mean Guns
Actors: Christopher Lambert, Ice-T, Michael Halsey, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Tina Cote
Director: Albert Pyun
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
R     1998     1hr 44min

The world's most dangerous criminals are summoned to a new prison on the eve before its grand opening by Moon (Ice T) the ruthless leader of the world's most powerful crime syndicate. Chaos ensues when weapons and ammuniti...  more »

     

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Actors: Christopher Lambert, Ice-T, Michael Halsey, Deborah Van Valkenburgh, Tina Cote
Director: Albert Pyun
Creators: Andrew Whitham, Christopher Bates, Darren B. Turbow, Gary Schmoeller, Paul Rosenblum, Tom Karnowski, Andrew Witham
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 07/28/1998
Original Release Date: 11/21/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 11/21/1997
Release Year: 1998
Run Time: 1hr 44min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

In a Nutshell: Mambo Murder
J. McCarthy | New Jersey | 08/27/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I've now seen the film Mean Guns twice and I have even purchased the DVD (albeit off of a bargain rack). This isn't a great film, it isn't even really a good film, but it can be entertaining if you like violence and mambo.

The story behind the movie is weak at best and the cast (consisting mostly of Ice-T and Christopher Lambert) really doesn't do much to improve the film. There are some interesting action moments, all to the beat of Mambo music.

If you can find it for a cheap price I'd suggest it, but I wouldn't pay any more than a couple of bucks for this film. Of course if you're a diehard Christopher Lambert fan or if you really love Mambo and Violence, this might be something you want to invest in."
Don't call it a "B" Movie!!!
kwchen@juno.com | Albany, NY | 03/17/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Despite an obviously limited budget (no building-busting explosions, cars plunging off freeways, or helicopters flying through train-tunnels) and some lack of realism (not as bad as most action movies, but noticable), this movie is a screen gem. Imagine a modern day version of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" with individuals and teams chasing after a cash prize of millions; only this time it's hidden inside a prison complex instead of underneath a pair of palm trees and the losers end up pushing up daisies. When the chase begins you'll find yourself picking favorites and rooting for them to win. The movie also borrows tastefully from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "The Wild Bunch", with it's many showdowns and shootouts. The main characters are surprisingly well written and acted out (especially Marcus and Lou)in such a way so that you get a very good look into the personalities of each one without seeing a great deal of personal history on screen. And, of course, if you do watch it and wind up agreeing with none of this, the least you'll have to admit is that the musical score rocks! The mambo music playing over the prison PA system was a wonderfully original touch. Check this movie out. The violence may not make it everyone's cup of tea (I personally loved it, fast paced and gritty yet not bloody), but it has more than enough pluses to make up for it."
A surprisingly entertaining and rousing actioner
kwchen@juno.com | 08/21/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A group of thugs who betrayed a syndicate are put in a new prison with weapons and 10 million cash promised to the last 3 survivors. It centers on the various groups that form and partialy on various moral conflicts. It's obviously low budget direct to video, but the action is entertaining and big action fans will see a few scenes intentionally taken from other movies (One scene has the table-roll-to-gunpoint from Hard-Boiled). The characters are certainly entertaining, and have more then one dimension to them. My favorite was Christoper Lambert, who insisted to Moon (the organizer) he be allowed entrance. Marcus was good and that actor had the best performance. The only bad thing about this was it's length: it was to short. That might sound weird, but it seemed like some explanations had to be cut short for length purpouses or budget constraints and I was confused at some points due to it. I'd like to see this remade big budget with Chow Yun-Fat, as Lou, and John Woo directing. Maybe Samuel Jackson as Moon.. And perhaps Sam Orbach (though he'd need to lose weight) as Marcus. That would be great."
Excellent!
Seifer | 06/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm amazed.After viewing the abomination that was "Adrenalin:Fear The Rush",I didn't think that Mr.Albert Pyun would make a decent movie.But finallly,he made a REAL movie! He realized what was wrong with the movies he had made earlier, took their problems and improved them by a zillion! The acting is superb.Ice-T is absolutely devilish at the role of Vincent Moon and Christopher Lambert's performance as Lou is incredible.The story is terrific.100 assassins battle in a vacant building in order to win $10,000,000.They go through hell trying to win and in the end the rusult is a HUGE death toll. The action scenes are VERY intense and realistic. You'll be biting your nails the whole time.The plot has loads of clever and imaginative twists. The photography was brilliant.It gave the film a very realistic and "dramatic" feel and the suspense was even tighter.Overall,Mean Guns is a brilliant film that deserves much more credit than it's received.Pyun finaly made a decent flick.Excellent acting,intense action sequences, brilliant plot and story and suspense galore made this one hell of a movie.This is Pyun's only good movie....The only thing unsatisfactory about MG is the ending,and that's too bad because the rest of the movie is a masterpiece.Rated R for intense and very realistic action violence and profanity galore."