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The Gunrunner (1989)

1926. The Chinese Civil War. Drifter Ted Beaubien is captured and forced to witness his girlfriend's execution. He finally escapes and vows to avenge her death by taking on a deadly mission... See full summary »

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Nardo Castillo

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Arnie Gelbart
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Ted
Sara Botsford ... Maude
Paul Soles Paul Soles ... Loebman
Ron Lea ... George
Aline Van Dine Aline Van Dine ... Grace
Daniel Nalbach Daniel Nalbach ... Max
Martin Neufeld Martin Neufeld ... Eddie
David Conner David Conner ... First man
John Gauthier John Gauthier ... Johnny Goar
Steve Michael Steve Michael ... Aïello
Pierre Thériault ... Gabias
Louise Laparé ... Woman in China
Peter Chiang Peter Chiang ... Chu
Neil Kelly Neil Kelly ... Scots Customs Officer
Karen Racicot ... Marie-Thérèse
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1926. The Chinese Civil War. Drifter Ted Beaubien is captured and forced to witness his girlfriend's execution. He finally escapes and vows to avenge her death by taking on a deadly mission to buy guns abroad and smuggle them back. Arriving in his hometown, Ted is shocked to find his elderly mother and younger brother George are penniless. But time is running out, and before he can help them, he's got to get the guns. In setting up the deal, Ted meets and falls for the seductive nightclub owner Maud Ryan who introduces him to the treacherous gangsters who will sell him the artillery. For a gun-runner, falling in love is like pointing a pistol at your heart - and pulling the trigger! Written by Anonymous

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gun | gangster | love | 1920s | china | See All (7) »

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He lives by one rule... shoot to kill.

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Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »
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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El traficante de armas See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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| (cut) | (TV) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Filmed in 1983, but not released until 1989. See more »

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Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »

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Great early Costner, but...
6 November 2003 | by rotcjeeplistSee all my reviews

I picked this up on DVD for $4, because I knew I could trade it one-for-one at a used book store. It was well worth the investment.

There are some problems with this movie. It's melodramatic for one. It has some cornball dialogue. It's just a little cheesy.

The story has big romantic moments, but no big romantic leads. The woman could be Kevin Costner's mom, and he wasn't the leading man women knew him as a few years ago. Despite many sexy locations and moments, this film is asexual.

In a way, The Gunrunner takes place in the naive, simple 1920s one might imagine after only having seen bad movie versions of the time. It's a really interesting world. I see this movie as a gangster-themed steampunk version of No Way Out (1987). I mean, what other movie hero helps start the Chinese Revolution? I was taken to a different place, and I didn't lose my suspension of disbelief along the way. Only afterwards do I admit that it wasn't so great. At the time, I was loving it.

It reminds me a lot of The Boy in Blue (1986). It's always good to see rare movies like this, and it's definitely worth the price of a rental.


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