After the fatal shooting of his daughter, Martin Tillman copes with his grief by setting out to find the owner of the gun involved in the murder.
A Virgina gun store owner Carl (Donald Sutherland) sidesteps controversy while running the shop he loves. His new employee, granddaughter Mary Ann (Linda Cardellini) has been pressured to join the family business. Curiosity overcomes her as she becomes seduced by the weapons.
In Oregon, Janet (Marcia Gay Harden) suffers through a TV interview marking the anniversary of her older son's high school shooting rampage. She worries for a younger son, now the same age as his brother when he attacked.
On Chicago's gritty west side, principal Carl (Forest Whitaker) struggles to keep his high school from exploding as his wife fears for their son. When ace student Jay is caught with a gun, both he and Carl must face choices they never wanted to make.
Nominated for 3 Independent Spirit awards, AMERICAN GUN director Aric Avelino "shows an almost tender restraint in his story-telling, not pounding us with a message but simply looking steadily at how guns have made these lives difficult." - Roger Ebert
Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.
Academy Award winner James Coburn stars with Virginia Madsen, Barbara Bain and Alexandra Holden in this critically acclaimed portrait of loss and redemption. Life seemed almost perfect for Martin Tillman (Coburn)... until a shattering act of random violence took the life of his daughter Penny (Madsen) during a Christmas visit. Now Martin realizes that there is only one way he can move on from this tragedy: to solve the mystery of Penny's killing by tracking the trail of the gun that killed her. Featuring the unforgettable final performance of screen legend James Coburn, this outstanding motion picture follows Martin's dramatic cross-country quest to discover the truth and heal this family.
American Gun movie trailer - starring Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Marcia Gay Harden, Tony Goldwyn, Chris Marquette, Linda Cardellini. Directed by Aric Avelino. Theatrical Release Date: 3/22/2006
American Gun movie trailer - starring Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Marcia Gay Harden, Tony Goldwyn, Linda Cardellini, Chris Marquette. Directed by Aric Avelino. Theatrical Release Date: 3/22/2006
A powerful series of interwoven storylines that bring to light how the proliferation of guns in America dramatically affect and shape the every day lives of its citizens. The film opens at the start of another day in a Virginia gun store, where owner Carl (Donald Sutherland), continues to sidestep controversy while running the shop he loves.