The Way of the Gun

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Two criminal drifters without sympathy get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom the surrogate mother of a powerful and shady man.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 6.6/10 (19,761 voted)

Critic's Score: 49/100

Christopher McQuarrie

Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Benicio Del Toro, Juliette Lewis

Two petty if violent criminals kidnap a girl being paid $1m to be a surrogate mother. As the baby is for a gangster the pair's demand for money sees several henchmen and assorted other ruthless characters head after them to Mexico. Bullets rather than talking are always going to settle this one.


Ryan Phillippe

Mr. Parker

Benicio Del Toro

Mr. Longbaugh

Juliette Lewis


Taye Diggs


Nicky Katt


Geoffrey Lewis

Abner Mercer

Dylan Kussman

Dr. Allen Painter

Scott Wilson

Hale Chidduck

Kristin Lehman

Francesca Chidduck

James Caan

Joe Sarno

Henry Griffin

P. Whipped

Armando Guerrero

Federale #1

(as Mando Guerrero)

Andres Orozco

Federale #2

Jan Hanks


(as Jan Jensen)

José Pérez


(as Jose Perez)

Release Date: 8 September 2000

Filming Locations: Abandoned Gas Station, Skull Valley, Utah, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,700,000


Opening Weekend: $2,150,979
(10 September 2000)
(1515 Screens)

Gross: $13,069,740

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


The final shootout scene in the brothel is the same location where the final shootout scene in
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid occurs.


The amount of sweat on Dr. Painters shirt during the operation in the motel.


Abner Mercer:
She's… she's up there with them… with the doctor and the colored fella. Oh, Jesus. I'm sorry, Joe.

Joe Sarno:
There's no, uh… need to be sorry, Abner.

Abner Mercer:
I'm dyin'.

Joe Sarno:
We'll get somebody right away.

Abner Mercer:
No. It's not… not like I'm scared or anything.

Joe Sarno:
Listen, Abner…

Abner Mercer:
I'm dyin', Joe.
[Nods off for 20 seconds, appears to be dead]

Abner Mercer:
. Remember that time, the time… that we… aw, jeez.

Joe Sarno:
What time?

User Review

An adult action movie


I used to like movies like: "The Matrix" and "Bad Boys". But I've grown
very tired of violent conflict portrayed as easy, fun, moral, and
without risk. This is a movie where all the violence is fearsome,
difficult, and wholly unpleasant. As it should be, anything else really
is dishonest and evil.

This is one reason i think most people don't like this movie. There are
two more. One is a somewhat complicated plot. There are about a dozen
characters and each one have different motives and I think most people
can handle no more than 4 motives. The other reason is that the "main
characters" are not the heroes of the story. They set the story in
motion and keep it together but they are not who the movie is about and
to tell a story in such an unconventionally roundabout way is entirely
confusing for some people.

So you may not like this movie if…

You are uncomfortable with violence being violent,

You can't keep track of the motivations of 8 separate characters,

You automatically believe that the story is about the characters played
by the actors pictured largest on the box.

otherwise you may really like this movie because it's really well made
in all its aspects.