Gun. Camera. Film.

No, not gun camera film from Predators or Apaches.

Kevin over at ExUrbanLeague had a post last week about what were the best gunfights in cinema. I might quibble with the list a bit. I’m not gonna show you his whole list. You gotta go there to see it. But here’s the second half

6.The end of “Tears of the Sun”
7.The Brécort Manor assault scene from “Band Of Brothers”
8.The final shootout from “Quigley Down Under”
9.The final shootout in “Léon” (The Professional)
10.The three-way gun fight from “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”

I probably would have replaced number 8 with something by Steven Segal (sure, his movies were pure cornball, but he was one of the first guys in cinema to handle a pistol in a realistic manner).

And I’m a little surprised that there wasn’t anything from Saving Private Ryan on the list. But the real problem with this list was that it was missing the most controversial gunfight of all time:


6 thoughts on “Gun. Camera. Film.”

  1. Definitely missing the final shoot-out from the Humphrey Bogart version of Sahara, and even though mentioned as a note to Anne Perlllaud, the kitchen scene in La Femme Nikita(not the crappy tv show, or stupid remake Point of no Return).

  2. One that’s gotta get mentioned is the street/roof fight in “The Wild Bunch”.

    How can you beat Strother Martin and the other guy arguing about who shot who based on the size of the hole?

    The other scene is the Maxim Gun shootout at the General’s place. Effective fire without the use of the T&E.

    Gonna go see it tonight in fact, at a local classic movie night. 1900.

  3. Nothing from John Woo on the list?

    Yeah, I was kinda surprised at that myself. Sure, his fights are surreal and impractical, but they’ve been THE major influence on armorers and stunt coordinators for the past ten years.

    I agree with Eric: The kitchen fight scene in “Nikita” was fantastic.

    And there’s no other way to say it except…


  4. What makes #10 so stinkin’ good is Ennio Morricone’s insanely great score. The tension created by the piano is wound up to the Nth degree by the trumpet solo and it goes on beyond even that to realms of nail-biting suspense that most films will never, ever reach. That scene looks, feels and sounds like the last few minutes of a bullfight, when the matador y el toro face each other inside the ring for the final, climatic time.

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