Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female)
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Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female)
The definitive Joseph H. Lewis-directed melodrama, Gun Crazy is the "Bonnie and Clyde" story retooled for the disillusioned postwar generation. John Dall plays a timorous, emotionally disturbed World War II veteran who has had a lifelong fixation with guns. He meets a kindred spirit in carnival sharpshooter Peggy Cummins, who is equally disturbed -- but a lot smarter, and hence a lot more dangerous. Beyond their physical attraction to one another, both Dall and Cummins are obsessed with firearms. They embark on a crime spree, with Cummins as the brains and Dall as the trigger man. As… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fault is in the writing and direction, both staying on the surface and never getting underneath the characters."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Joseph H. Lewis charts it all with a perverse artisan's dynamic glee, one wicked jolt after another"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"One of the great, specifically American love stories ever put to film... among the most overtly erotic films of the post-WWII era."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It's a superbly crafted film by a cult film-maker."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Admittedly, the script is vintage corn. But visually Gun Crazy is a rude, startling and suggestive pleasure."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"One of the most distinguished works of art to emerge from the B movie swamp."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Reefer Madness for gun control?"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"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."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"Darker and more subtly complex than you'd expect from a 1950s crime caper."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"this is a small but perfectly formed black-and-white masterpiece of flash and trash, unwholesome obsession and criminal daring."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Gun Crazy' is a magnificently enjoyable film, distinguished by Joseph H Lewis's restless, catch-all directorial style."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"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."
‑ Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette
"Some old pulpy noir thrillers aren't as pleasurable as the garish posters that advertised them, but this re-release gives us an example of the genre that's every bit as brash, lusty and stylish as you could wish it to be."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"Gun Crazy is less an exposť than a hugely exciting crime thriller. And since he's as polite as he is intelligent, Lewis doesn't beat us about the head with his philosophies."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"Nearly 20 years before the same themes powered Bonnie and Clyde, Lewis was on to the possibilities of "outsider" cinema, and his film is all the more subversive for its origins as raw pulp, unpoliced by the Hollywood system, and getting away with murder."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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