American Gun

Synopsis: A father who embarks on a nationwide journey to trace the line of ownership of the gun that killed his daughter. Starting with the gun factory, Martin travels to gun stores, trade shows, and individuals, also searching for his runaway granddaughter.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Alan Jacobs
Production: Miramax
  1 win & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.3
Rotten Tomatoes:
40%
R
Year:
2002
89 min
Website
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[ Indistinct conversations ]

Martin:

the first gun I ever held

belonged to my grandfather.

Grandpa said he fought

alongside Teddy Roosevelt

at San Juan hill.

But we really never

believed him.

[ Child laughing ]

Whatever it was

he did there in Cuba,

one thing is for sure.

He brought home

a service revolver.

It was the most beautiful thing

i ever saw.

The first time I ever fired

a gun, I was 16.

[ Gunshot ]

Gentlemen!

ready.

Aim. fire.

It took a while

to get the hang of it.

[ Gunshot, laughter ]

What are you ladies

laughing at?!

We're gonna do that

again, gentlemen!

Ready. aim.

Fire.

Good shot, tillman.

Ready.

Aim. fire.

[ Airplane passing ]

[ Explosions in distance ]

[ Speaking German ]

[ Men shouting ]

[ Gunfire ]

Oh, god!

Oh, my god!

Medic, come here!

Come here! Come here!

Move! move!

Go!

Watch out!

Watch out!

[ Explosions in distance ]

[ Shouting in German ]

Aah!

Man:

go, go, go!

[ Gunshot ]

No!

[ Martin shouting ]

Oh! oh!

Oh! oh, sh--

[ Gasping ]

Sweetheart, sweetheart,

sweetheart.

[ Both sigh ]

You want a drink, hmm?

[ Panting ]

hmm?

[ Thunder rumbling ]

[ Horse whinnying ]

You need a new pair

of gloves.

[ Gasps ]

Jeez!

you scared me.

[ Laughs ]

Oh.

how are you, kid?

I'm good.

Are you?

You look great, dad.

Ah, well.

Not bad for a...

An old man, anyway.

Oh.

Let's go see mama now.

Penny? penny!

Hi, ma.

She just got here.

[ Laughing ]

oh. Sweet darling.

Oh!

how was your trip?

It was fine.

Yeah?

We could have

picked you up, you know.

I know.

But I wanted to rent a car.

Come on in.

Wash up.

Dinner's almost ready.

Are you coming?

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

I'll be in in a minute.

Come on!

In a minute!

[ Clock ticking ]

You, uh,

you need anything?

I mean, you have, uh, plenty

of, uh, hangers and all?

Oh, yeah.

There's plenty here.

Oh, good.

Uh, h-how would you

like to see, uh...

What you got your mother

for Christmas?

Okay.

Oh!

Dad.

[ Exhales deeply ]

You know what?

I think it's too small.

You don't like it.

No, I -- it's...

The snowmen.

I mean, it's --

it's so christmasy.

Why don't you let me take it

back and get another size?

All right.

Here's the receipt.

But now, listen.

I want the same sweater.

Don't be telling me that, uh,

they're out of stock.

They'll never be out of stock

in this one, dad.

[ Laughs ]

Martin:

thank you, father,

for the food

we're about to receive.

And bless the food

as it enters our body.

Amen.

Amen.

Amen.

[ Chuckles ]

Okay, mama.

Are you serving?

Yes, I am.

Okay.

It looks so great.

It's gonna be.

It turned out pretty good

for a change.

It's beautiful.

[ Laughter ]

What do you hear

from your daughter?

Mia?

mm-hmm.

Her name is Mia.

Why do you always refer to her

as "your daughter"?

Well, where is she

and what is she doing?

I have no idea, mother.

You don't know where she is?

Annie.

Just take it easy, huh?

She ran away.

The whole point

of running away

is so that I don't know

where she is.

And she never writes

or she never calls --

mom...

Well, I've never heard

of anything like that.

Well, now you have.

I'm -- I'm sure she's fine.

[ Sighs ]

She blames me

for her father leaving.

She blamesyou?

She blames me

for everything.

Every child blames

his parents.

That's why we're here.

Aw, well.

[ Chuckles ]

Oh.

[ Sniffs ]

thank you for the dinner.

Did you have to go

and upset her?

Well, I didn't mean to

upset her.

Well, I know.

But you did.

Penny?

Penny?

Penny.

Penny. honey.

Listen.

sit down here a minute.

Now, listen.

Never mind your mother.

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Alan Jacobs

Alan Jacobs is an American independent film director, screenwriter and producer. His films have been acquired by major distributors, including Miramax and Columbia Pictures and have been invited to several major festivals, including Sundance and Toronto. His career began at Apple Inc., where he was the in-house filmmaker. Jacobs is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Stanford Business School. more…

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