Men With Guns


(out of 5)

Excellent John Sayles drama about a Latin American teacher (Federico Luppi) 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 all 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 Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody have a wonderful bit as a tourist couple who distract Luppi’s quest.

USA, 1997

Directed by John Sayles

Screenplay by John Sayles

Cinematography by Slawomir Idziak

Film Festivals:  TIFF 1997

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Foreign Language Film (USA)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Five Foreign Films


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