Men with Guns

Synopsis: Humberto Fuentes is a wealthy doctor whose wife has recently died. In spite of the advice of his children, he takes a trip to visit his former students who now work in impoverished villages. His trip soon becomes a quest, politically awakening him when he finds out that one of his students was killed by the army.
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Director(s): John Sayles
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min

This will burn fast.

Use it only to start the flame.

Then this will last the morning.

Tell me more about the man.

He has trouble breathing.

Sometimes he fights to swallow air.

He can put his hand on you

and tell what your sickness is.

By magic?

By science.

He's a doctor who lives in the city.

Can he cure you of worms?

City people don't get sick

the way we do.

They speak a different language,

they wear different clothes.

They don't look like us.

The people...

The common people love drama.

That's true.

They watch soap operas.

That's why you can't believe

any of these rumors.

How is it?

It doesn't seem to have changed.

- It isn't bigger?

- It isn't smaller, either.

We'll have to watch it.

What a thought, watching my ass.

The Reds make up these stories

and the people believe them.

It makes our job even harder.

You can get dressed.


I was sorry to hear about your wife.

Thank you.

There was nothing we could do.

Think you'll retire soon?

I don't know.

My vacation starts tomorrow.

- I'll have time to think.

- Going to the beach?

I want to try somewhere new.

Without Isabel...

- Maybe the mountains.

- The mountains?

My Tigers spend half their time...

...chasing guerrillas

in those fucking mountains.

I thought you'd wiped them out,

that the guerrillas were only a rumor.

It only takes a few of those bastards

to make trouble.

What can you do in the mountains?

So tell me, my condition...?

It's confidential. As always.

- It could be used against me.

- Who'd want to give you trouble?

You're like a child, Humberto.

The world is a savage place.

Very nice of you.

- Here you go.

- Thank you.

That's why people like the beach.

They forget their problems.

And you, alone, without Mommy...

I've been thinking about my students

in the program.

Daddy trained doctors

for the government.

- Ambassadors of health.

- I remember that.

The foreigners who made war

on tapeworms.

The Alliance for Progress.

Why don't they cure

their own Indians?

- Raul.

- What?

The government had to accept

their aid to shut the gringos up.

That might be true, but the program

was a good idea.

You should be very proud, Daddy.

I want to visit my students.

- In the countryside?

- Lf they're still there.

- Why wouldn't they be?

- It's been what, two years?

- Three.

- Three years with the Indians!

My idea of hell.

It isn't a punishment.

Doctor, how many of your patients

are Indians?

My family has been living with them

at our ranch for centuries.

The more you do for them

or give them, the lazier they get.

Giving them a taste of modern things.

Ideas, medicine, television... just destroy their souls.

The program was a good idea!

A good idea!

It's my legacy.

Have your students written to you?

No, they haven't, but...

Maybe the beach,

but in a smaller hotel.

My kidneys are bothering me too.

Whenever I drink red wine,

I get a pain right here.

The more expensive the wine,

the sharper the pain.

How awful!

- Good afternoon, doctor!

- Good afternoon.

The doctor doesn't look so good.

Out With the Government!!

In a struggle against death...

...any advantage in technology,

no matter how small...

...can win the battle.

Corts won an empire

with a few men...

...but he had horses and guns,

and his adversaries didn't.

Where you're going...

...your main enemies

will be bacteria and ignorance.

Bacteria can be fought with drugs.

But their ally, ignorance,

nobody is immune to this disease.

To be more specific...

...we expect you not only to apply

your medical knowledge...

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John Sayles

John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an American independent film director, screenwriter, editor, actor and novelist. He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Passion Fish (1992) and Lone Star (1996). His film Men with Guns (1997) has been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. His directorial debut, Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980), has been added to the National Film Registry. more…

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