WriterAric Avelino, Steven Bagatourian Release dateSeptember 15, 2005 (2005-09-15) (Toronto Film Festival)
March 22, 2006 (2006-03-22) (United States) CastForest Whitaker (Carter), Marcia Gay Harden (Janet Huttenson), Donald Sutherland (Carl Wilk), Lisa Long (Sandra Cohen), Chris Warren, Jr. (Marcus), Amanda Seyfried (Mouse) Similar moviesFactory Girl, Fish Tank, The Last Witch Hunter, Knock Knock, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, At the Edge of the Abyss
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American Gun is a 2005 American film produced by Participant Productions, IFC Films, IFC First Take, and Spirit Dance Entertainment. It was written in 2001 by Steven Bagatourian and Aric Avelino and directed by Avelino as his directorial debut.
Avelino attended Loyola Marymount University and made the film with many LMU alumni, including producer Ted Kroeber.
The film took two and a half years to finance. The central idea came from a "Column One" article in the Los Angeles Times. In addition, the writers were influenced by a friend from the Chicago school district who related stories about how students brought guns to school, not to use them on campus, but because of the dangerous neighborhoods they live in or walk through to attend classes. Avelino was very appreciative of the directorial advice of Forest Whitaker, one of the film's producers. The first actress attached to the project was Marcia Gay Harden.
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American Gun centers around three stories dealing with the results of gun use: an inner city school principal (Whitaker), a single mother (Harden), and an A student (Cardellini) who works at her family's gun shop.
Marcia Gay Harden – Janet Huttenson
Forest Whitaker – Carter
Donald Sutherland – Carl Wilk
Lisa Long – Sandra Cohen
Arlen Escarpeta – Jay
Chris Warren Jr. – Marcus
David Heymann – Producer
Chris Marquette – David Huttenson
Amanda Seyfried – Mouse
Nikki Reed – Tally
Joseph Kell – Security Guard
Tony Goldwyn – Frank
Rex Linn – Earl
Kevin Phillips – Reggie
Davenia McFadden – Felicia
Linda Cardellini – Mary Ann Wilk
Schuyler Fisk – Cicily
Michael Shannon (as Michael J. Shannon) – Jerry
Charles Duckworth – Connie
Todd Tesen – Barry
Melissa Leo – Louise
Gary Paul Clark – Supervisor
Ali Hillis - Gun Shop Patron
Garcelle Beauvais (as Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon) – Sarah
According to boxofficemojo.com, American Gun took in $24,098 in a limited release from one to six theatres in a little over 10 weeks in theatres from March 22 – June 1, 2006. It was featured on the IFC program First Take.