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Jane Got a Gun

MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for violence and some language.
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Western Action Crime Drama
Length:
1 hr. 38 min.
Year of Release:
2016
USA Release:
January 29, 2016 (wide—550+ theaters)
DVD: April 26, 2016
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bravery / courage

fighting for your family’s survival

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Featuring: Natalie PortmanJane Hammond
Joel EdgertonDan Frost
Ewan McGregorColin McCann
Rodrigo Santoro … Fitchum
Noah Emmerich … Bill Hammond
Boyd Holbrook … Vic
Alex Manette … Buck
Todd Stashwick … O'Dowd
James Burnett … Cunny Charlie
Sam Quinn … Slow Jeremiah
Chad Brummett … Theodore
Boots Southerland … Marshal
Nash Edgerton … Fur Trader
Robb Janov … Fiddler
Director: Gavin O'Connor—“Warrior” (2011), “Pride and Glory” (2008), “Miracle” (2004)
Producer: 1821 Pictures
Boies / Schiller Film Group
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Distributor: Relativity Media, The Weinstein Company
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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Young and pretty with a soul of pure steel, Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) is a good girl married to one of the worst baddies in town. When her husband Bill turns against his own gang, the vicious Bishop Boys, and returns home barely alive with eight bullets in his back, Jane knows it’s time to ditch the dress for a pair of pants and strap on her own gun.

As the relentless leader John Bishop gears up for revenge, Jane’s best hope for her family’s survival rests with her old love Dan Frost—a gunslinger whose hatred for Bill is only slightly overshadowed by his love for Jane. Together Jane and Dan spring clever traps, luring Bishop’s men to certain death just as their old feelings for each other resurface amidst the flying bullets. With director Lynne Ramsay (‘We Need To Talk About Kevin,’ ‘Morvern Callar’) at the helm, the rich dimensions of these characters find their best ally with Jane out in front, taking her fate into her own hands with the kind of bravado legends are made of.”

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Movie Critics
…The motivations and the performances are solid in “Jane Got A Gun,” an attractively mounted post-Civil War revenge drama with plenty of shooting and a well-placed twist or two. …
Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily
…a sturdy, well-crafted genre piece… relies too heavily on flashbacks that prove more distracting than revealing…
Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times
…When it reaches home-screen platforms, however, “Jane Got a Gun” almost certainly will find a receptive audience for its revisionist yet respectful spin on genre conventions. …
Joe Leydon, Variety
…A slow-going love triangle… “Jane Got a Gun” is a major letdown. …
Rafer Guzmán, Long Island Newsday
…A brooding femme-centric Western in which the most exciting action seemed to occur offscreen. …this slow-burn and rather heavy-handed affair… does not really bring enough excitement…
Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
…all of the characters feel more sketched than drawn. …takes what feels like an eternity to build to its inevitable climactic spasm of bloodshed. … [C]
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
…this movie is in part a retread of “Hannie Caulder” (1971)… The second revelation… is that the unfolding is in fact a collapse. The backstory muddles rather than clarifies the front end…
Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
…we’ve got a basic scenario with a feminist edge that could, in surer hands, result in a good film. …Portman western fires blanks… (2/5)
Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian (UK)
…a somber slog, full of gorgeous vistas… a lumbering structure made up of flashbacks…
Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
…a strenuous saga of survival with an outcome as unexpectedly upbeat as the rest of the move is stoic, grim and violent. … [1½/5]
Adam R. Holz, Plugged In

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