REVIEW: Gunmen (1994) - ManlyMovie

REVIEW: Gunmen (1994)

GUNMEN, Sally Kirkland, 1994. ©Miramax Films

GUNMEN, Sally Kirkland, 1994. ©Miramax Films

‘How come every one around here got a damn gun?’

*spoiler alert*

Christopher Lambert (Highlander) and Mario Van Peeples (Posse, New Jack City) make a likable and funny team in the action-comedy sleeper, Gunmen.

The movie opens with paraplegic drug kingpin Mr. Loomis, watching his thugs put his screaming, hysterical wife in a coffin and bury her alive.  Watching this shocking event is mercenary Armor O’Malley (Denis O’Leary) and his gang.  Loomis wants Armor to retrieve a cache of money stored on a boat.  He promises Armor 40 million as payment if he finds the cash.

Elsewhere, in the fictional South America country of Boa Vista, Danny Savigo (Christopher Lambert) rots in a dusty and decrepit prison, catching flies in his mouth for fun.  He is suddenly freed when his cell is rocked by an explosion, blowing a wall out.  Cole Parker (Mario Van Peeples) appears in a jeep and helps Danny escape.  Parker is an ex-Special Forces operative now working for the DEA.

Savigo is taken to a makeshift DEA field office.  Danny was rescued because his brother, Carl Savigo found out where Mr. Loomis was stashing his laundered drug money.  Carl then stole the money and hid it on a ship.  The DEA believes Danny knows the name and location of the vessel.  Before they can get an answer, Danny manages to get out of custody and goes to find his brother, who has been killed by Armor earlier.

Now a fugitive, Danny is pursued by Parker, who tracks him to a brothel, where he’s being serviced by a hilariously overenthusiastic hooker.  After Cole arrests Danny, they are attacked by Armor and his gang of mercenaries and chased through the Boa Vista jungle.  To survive the hunt, the men must form an unlikely partnership and overcome their mutual distrust.

Gunmen contains memorable stunts, non-GGI explosions, thrilling vehicle chases and some early Nineties rap music from Big Daddy Kane and Rakim.  In addition, the film features an unexpectedly strong supporting cast including Patrick Stewart, Denis O’Leary and the sexy Brenda Bakke.  However, the film suffers from a juvenile script, editing mistakes and sloppy direction.  Nevertheless, the movie is a fun ride starring a pair of underrated actors.



  1. Mucho Macho

    October 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I love this movie.
    We are now in mid-90s territory which means that manly R-rated violent action movies were on the verge of becoming a thing of the past.
    It’s a genre picture, it’s a B movie that gets the job done.
    I give it a higher score.
    Thumbs up from me👍

    • jim

      October 9, 2016 at 7:23 pm

      Just watched it..Fun movie..Don’t know how I missed it …Did you ever see a 1999 Jim Belushi thriller called Made Men ? Another forgotten guilty pleasure from that period.. BTW, if you’re interested in sci fi , Lambert did a worthwhile cyberpunk thriller in 1997 called Nirvana …It’s a europud but I thought it was interesting ..and again, kind of unappreciated.

      • Mucho Macho

        October 10, 2016 at 10:56 am

        Jim Belushi has a ton of movies I have liked over the years.
        Here are a couple for example that I liked.

        The Principal is a cool movie & I always liked “Mr. Destiny” a lot.

      • Mucho Macho

        October 10, 2016 at 11:06 am

        I have seen the Nirvana movie.
        Its been a while but I did watch it.
        Coincidentally I was just watching Christopher Lambert on repeats of the TV show NCIS Los Angeles in which he played a bad guy.
        I got to say he hasn’t aged all that well but I was always a fan of his.

        Speaking of cyber movies from the nineties, there a couple of them by the same director . Here are the trailers for them 1 is called “Hideaway” the other one is titled “The lawnmower man” which is the most popular one of the two.

  2. Mucho Macho

    October 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    Gunmen info:
    Movie was filmed in nine weeks between April 20th and June 18th of 1992, but it wasn’t released until February 4th of 1994, more than a year and a half after it was finished. Besides releasing all the later DVD versions of the movie in cropped 1.33:1 pan and scan format instead of 2.35:1 widescreen one in which the movie was originally filmed, Miramax and Dimension Films also went and cut it down by around five minutes before it was released theatrically only in 800 screens. The film was originally much harder, and featured greater violence and language, and most of the cuts were made on those scenes because studios wanted to make it safer and more appealing to the general movie going audience. Uncut version of the film was never released.

    • TheOldMcClane

      October 5, 2016 at 12:44 am

      this was filmed where Predator was filmed (Puerto Vallarta) and it looks great.

      • Mucho Macho

        October 5, 2016 at 1:34 am

        We need a manly locations article.

  3. Mucho Macho

    October 4, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    90s babe Brenda Bakke is in this movie.
    I loved likey
    She also starred in Sensei Seagal’s masterpiece “Under Siege 2”
    & “Hot Shots part deux”

  4. Mucho Macho

    October 4, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    In the same year Christopher Lambert and Mary Van Peebles also starred in the third entry of the Highlander series

  5. Barney Ross

    October 4, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Good movie 8/10
    trailer on my youtube channel :