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Deady is the Female
written by eifert July 7, 2004 - 5:18 PM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Originally titled Deadly Is the Female, Gun Crazy is a crackling film noir crime thriller. Inspiring many great films, including Breathless and Bonnie and Clyde, this black and white gem moves at a break neck pace after the two leads decide to live a life of crime. One scene, shot from the backseat of the getaway car in one take, shows the two leads Peggy Cummins and John Dall commit a daring bank robbery. The scene's dialog and acting has a documentary feel and seems improvised. Even though the film was good up until that point, I was not expecting such a fine piece of directing and acting right in the middle of the film.

The caper that puts them over the top features the evil Cummins looking over her shoulder smiling at her gun shot victims. Dall is stiff and initially seems miscast as the "gun crazy" partner of Cummins. He seems to be acting almost like nice guy Jimmy Stewart. As the film goes on it's clear that he IS a nice guy and he's being lead along by his lust for Cummins. She is clearly in charge. And what chemistry the two sharp shooters have. There's no doubt that these two are like dogs in heat.

The film ends with the couple trapped in the fog surrounded by tall grass. It's spooky and uses sound to enhance the tension. Well worth the rental. The DVD transfer is excellent and the commentary is very good.

A great story of two people trying to survive on love and their guns alone.

"We go together, Annie. I don't know why. Maybe like guns and ammunition go together."


(Average 7.47)
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