Men With Guns (1997)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1997, , , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by John Sayles.  Golden Globe Awards 1997National Board of Review Awards 1998.    Toronto International Film Festival 1997.  

Excellent John Sayles drama about a Latin American teacher () who discovers that all the medical doctors he trained to go out into the dense jungles of his country and administer medicine to the poor have disappeared. He goes from village to village in search of his pupils, and each time is told by locals that they vanished when “men with guns” came to take them away. Sayles’ consistent devotion to character is a real strength here, but mostly the experience comes alive in the photography of the unforgiving landscape: after a while, you really will feel like you’re right there in the jungle with him. Real life husband and wife and have a wonderful bit as a tourist couple who distract Luppi’s quest.

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