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One of the most vital of all film noir pictures,Gun Crazyhas more cinematic gusto and sexual heat than almost any movie of its time. It's a variation on the Bonnie and Clyde story, but with a bizarre set-up: firearms enthusiasts John Dall and Peggy Cummins (neither of whom were ever this wild again) meet as sharpshooters in a carnival, then turn to crime. The direction, by Joseph H. Lewis, is like a spray of hot lead from a gun barrel, capped by an amazing sequence--shot in one long take--of a bank robbery seen from the backseat of the getaway car. (Billy Wilder himself called up Lewis to find out how he did it.) If most film noirs trace the anxieties of postwar America,Gun Crazygoes directly to sheer madness. Trivia note: the film had a title change, toDeadly Is the Female, for its original release, whereupon it was changed back.--Robert Horton
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CastBerry Kroeger, Peggy Cummins, Morris Carnovsky, John Dall, Anabel Shaw
DirectorJoseph H. Lewis
Screen WriterDalton Trumbo, MacKinlay Kantor, Millard Kaufman
DVD Release Date:  July 6, 2004
Runtime:  86 minutes
Studio:  Warner Home Video
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review by . December 03, 2010
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B movie noir about innocent gun-crazy kid Bart (John Dall) who meets his match, mate, and master.  Annie (Peggy Cummins) is a carnival side-show sharpshooter who is as crazy about guns as Bart, but has no moral compass to tell her when or even why she should stop.  When they first meet after Bart (fresh back in town from a stint in the Army and a few years in reform school for breaking and entering to steal some of his beloved guns) and his friends attend her show, it is love at first …
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