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One of the greatest cult movies in American film history and the very epitome of the B-film noir (not to mention an early variation on the Bonnie and Clyde theme), GUN CRAZY was a major influence on Jean-Luc Godard and the French New Wave — dazzling evidence that "all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun." The girl in this case is Peggy Cummins, who works as a professional sharpshooter at a carnival. John Dall has been passionate about guns since childhood, and when she picks him from the crowd to challenge him to an on-stage shooting contest, the attraction between them is instant and palpable. Despite being warned that Cummins "ain't the type that makes a happy home," Dall proposes to her. Cummins soon craves action and when the money runs dry, she persuades Dall they should become partners in crime. (Note courtesy of British Film Institute.) DIR Joseph H. Lewis; SCR MacKinlay Kantor, Dalton Trumbo; PROD Frank King, Maurice King. U.S., 1950, b&w, 86 min. NOT RATED

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Joseph H. Lewis
86 Minutes
Film noir

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