Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female)
Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female) (1950)

In this melodrama, John Dall plays a timorous, emotionally disturbed WWII veteran who has had a lifelong fixation with guns. He meets a kindred spirit in carnival sharpshooter Peggy Cummins, who is equally disturbed. They embark on a crime… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 19, 1999
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

The already-classic trope of lovers on the run, la Bonnie and Clyde, gets a stylish workout from the director Joseph H. Lewis.

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Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

Gun Crazy' is a magnificently enjoyable film, distinguished by Joseph H Lewis's restless, catch-all directorial style.

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Bill Brownstein
Montreal Gazette

The plotting is simplistic and predictable. The acting and tough-guy/gal dialogue are rather comical at times. Yet the film hit home then, and it still hits home today.

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Variety Staff

Fault is in the writing and direction, both staying on the surface and never getting underneath the characters.

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Fernando F. Croce

Joseph H. Lewis charts it all with a perverse artisan's dynamic glee, one wicked jolt after another

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the great, specifically American love stories ever put to film... among the most overtly erotic films of the post-WWII era.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

One of the most distinguished works of art to emerge from the B movie swamp.

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Josh Larsen

Reefer Madness for gun control?

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Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

If you had to select a single film to justify the present enthusiasm for film noir and define its allure, few movies could compete with Gun Crazy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
A solid noir that really focuses on gun ownership as a metaphor for masculinity. Focusing on Barton's upbringing, the gun is where he finds his male… More
Jeremy Smith
What an unexpected treasure trove Gun Crazy is! A classic precursor to the seminal Bonnie And Clyde. Brilliantly shot in all of film noir's technique.… More
Aj V
The classic Bonnie and Clyde themed forties movie. It's not a well known cast, but they are really good in this movie. The film is exciting, dramatic,… More
Randy Tippy
Outrageous and fun film that starts like <i>Leave It To Beaver</i> and winds up like <i>Bonnie And Clyde</i>. Peggy Cummins is… More
Cindy I
Why is it that the more you want to see a film, the more disappointed you are when you finally see it? I've been reading about this film in essays and… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Exciting story of lovers with a twisted passion for the trigger ala Bonnie and Clyde, with frenetic but solid direction by Joseph H. Lewis.