|Warren Beatty is armed with a Faye Dunaway. Don't make any sudden moves.|
|That beret looks awfully familiar.|
|"A remake? Of what?"|
Gun Crazy tells the tale of Bart (John Dall), a nice guy who likes guns, and Laurie (Peggy Cummins), a bad girl who likes guns. They decide to like guns together, get married, rob some banks and meet their Censorship Code-approved doom. That's the whole movie. It's not Citizen Kane. The characters are forgettable, and why shouldn't they be? They're just animate gun racks. The largely pointless story is a little more disappointing. It's tightly paced and littered with gorgeous shots (a midway shooting contest between Bart and Laurie, the bleak white marshland where they flee the law), but there's just not much actual narrative content. The oodles and kaboodles that is merely hinted at regarding sex and violence and aggression and impotence is handled much more openly and intelligently in Bonnie and Clyde, which the Hays Office never got its greasy mitts on.
I give Gun Crazy a 3/5 (3/5 whats? I don't actually have a thing I'm measuring in. Stars? Stripes? Revolvers?). There's not a gaping hole in your life waiting to be filled by Gun Crazy. If you're a film buff, though, it's an interesting relic. It does have some deliciously noiry one-liners: "We go together... like guns and ammunition go together," Bart tells Laurie. When was the last time your SO gave you a compliment like that?
|Dr. Jacobi's misspent youth.|