Archive of films American Gun / American Gun

2002, 94 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2003

Desperate father (James Coburn) decides to find the owner of the gun which killed his daughter. This journey takes him across America, from legitimate gun shops to the black market, and finally to the world of pawnshops and nightclubs in Las Vegas. A film exploring America’s fascination with guns.


Penny Tillman travels home to Vermont to spend Christmas with her parents Martin and Anne: but a bullet turns the joy of reunion into tragedy. Devastated, Martin retreats into his shell. Finally, he decides to take action. Using the serial number of the .375 Magnum that killed Penny, Martin traces his grief to its point of origin. Starting with the factory where the gun was made, he starts tracking the gun from owner to owner. This journey takes him across America, from legitimate gun shops to the black market. When he traces the gun to the world of pawnshops and nightclubs in Las Vegas, Martin must face its final owner. He must also face the painful truth about his daughter’s death. Along with Michael Moore’s Bowling for Columbine, American Gun explores America’s fascination with guns, however, on a more personal level.

About the director

Alan Jacobs (New York) graduated at Stanford University. He went on to become the in-house filmmaker for Apple Computer before directing his first film Nina Takes a Lover, a hit at the Sundance Film Festival. American Gun is his third feature. Films: Nina Takes a Lover, Just One Night, American Gun


Lightning Entertainment
301 Arizona Avenue, 4th Floor, CA 90401, Santa Monica
United States of America
Tel: +1 310 255 7999
Fax: +1 310 255 7998
E-mail: [email protected]

Escalon Film Partners
16060 Ventura Blvd. #1830, 914 36, Encino
United States of America
Tel: +1 818 754 5455
Fax: +1 818 655 6189
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Alan Jacobs
Screenplay: Alan Jacobs
Dir. of Photography: Phil Parmet
Music: Anthony Marinelli
Editor: Paul Millspaugh
Producer: Brent Morris
Production: Escalon Film Partners
Cast: James Coburn, Virginia Madsen, Barbara Bain, Alexandra Holden, Ryan Locke
Contact: Lightning Entertainment, Escalon Film Partners


Alan Jacobs


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