Men With Guns
Men With Guns (1997)

Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages. His trip soon becomes a quest, politically… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 5, 1997
DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat

Quintessentially Sayles

James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

This is actually a largely quiet, compelling chronicle of a man's discovery of the horrors going on not far from his own backyard, and Sayles has written, directed and edited the piece in his usual calm and understated style.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is a very strong, independent-minded picture.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

A sort of Heart of Darkness in South America

Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

A Wizard of Oz construct in the same way as Apocalypse Now is a Wizard of Oz construct.

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

[Sayles'] vision remains clearly articulated at every level, whether you approach the film in terms of its narrative structure, its philosophical foundation, or its characterizations.

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Michael Dequina

The themes of family, civil war, and leaving a lasting legacy resonate strongly.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Challenges us to leave behind the cocoon of our cosseted lives and to confront those meanings that hold the key to life and death.

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Eric Lurio

The ending is a revelation. Don't mind the subtitles, they work.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
This was my first John Sayles film that I am aware of. It came from my list of Films from the 1997 Toronto International Film Festival and as I have said in… More
Eduardo C
To the innocent bystander, the poverty stricken populance caught in the middle of a revolution/civil war/coup d'etat, there is no difference between the… More
Steve K
Powerful film. Worthwhile.
Christopher Brown
Very interesting film from the great John Sayles. Shot mostly in Spanish this is a great character study that as you watch it you sink completely into the… More
John Ballantine
Another Sayles masterpiece. Where did that guy go anyways? I realize that the quality of his films has deteriorated but surely he has more stories to tell us?