Way of the Gun

Theatrical Release: September 8, 2000
Way of the Gun


Two struggling criminals (Ryan Phillipe, Benicio de Toro) kidnap a pregnant surrogate mother (Juliette Lewis) on the verge of delivery. They become ensnared in a negotiating tussle when the baby’s mob boss parent sends an aging mercenary (James Cann) to deliver the ransom.

Dove Review

Picture a modern-day “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (without the charm) with its end-of-the-line adventure, combined with the feverishness of “The Wild Bunch” (without the lyrical use of slow-motion photography) and you have this rather depressing action drama. There are some involving performances, especially from Lewis and Caan (who deserves an Oscar nomination), but the characters are pitiful in their amorality, and the language and violence are extreme (twenty uses of the F-word even before the opening credits!) Also troubling is the blasphemous finale where the dying crooks claim they would reject God’s forgiveness.

Content Description

Language: GD 2, Jesus 3, Christ 2, F-word 52, S-word 4, BS 1,Bitch 2, ass 3, faggot 10, crude terms for woman 2, expletives 10 – Sex: Male rear nudity in a brief scene; final action takes place in a bordello, but no sexual situations; the pregnant woman is given an induced labor, then a C-section in unsanitary and dangerous conditions – Drugs: the leads smoke – Drinking: a couple times alcohol is drunk, but no drunkenness – Violence: several extremely loud gun battles, including a final shootout that runs over 15 minutes; a man falls on shards of glass, we see him extract a piece of glass from his bloodied arm; 13 dead bodies; not as much blood as in a Sam Peckinpah film, but more than enough; a pregnant woman being mistreated; a suicidal man plays a game of Russian Roulette; discussion of killing a child molester; a woman is punched in the face, then a crowd jumps on the man who did it, beating him; a doctor stitches his own wound after his eyebrow is cut; stealing from a mini-market


Company: Artisan Entertainment
Producer: Keneth Kokin
Genre: Action
Runtime: 119 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright