Film: Gun Crazy
Gun Crazy is a 1950 Film Noir directed by Joseph H. Lewis, starring John Dall and Peggy Cummins. It tells a story of an Outlaw Couple of sharpshooters - a former soldier Bart and a circus performer Laurie. They are both obsessed with guns, but in a different way: Bart likes owning and shooting them, but would never hurt anyone living, while Laurie dreams of actually killing somebody. When they find themselves unemployed, Bart wants to look for a decent job, but Laurie seduces him into a robbery spree. Soon it ends up with murder, and they find themselves hunted by much more force they could ever outrun.It had a loose remake in 1992 starring Drew Barrymore.Not to be confused with the Japanese film series of the same name.
Gun Crazy provides examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Laurie.
- Anti-Hero: Main Characters.
- Bank Robbery: Bart and Laurie start with gas stations and move up to banks and trade companies.
- Dark Secret: They trade their dark secrets before getting their Fourth Date Marriage. Bart confesses that when he was a kid he stole a gun from a store and was sent to reform school. Than Laurie confesses she had already killed a man.
- Downer Ending: What would you expect from a Film Noir?
- Evil Former Friend: Bart, to his childhood friends.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Laurie.
- Fourth Date Marriage: After being fired from the carnival, Bart and Laurie have to marry at a roadside chapel before The Hays Code will let them stop driving and spend the night together.
- Gray Rain of Depression: In the opening scene.
- Heel Face Door Slam: With a literal door which Bart closes in faces of his childhood friends who came to offer him a Last-Second Chance.
- Heel Realization: Bart, after finding out ther robbery ended in blood.
- Last-Second Chance: Childhood friends come to him unarmed, asking him to surrender. He doesn't.
- Love at First Sight: Main characters fall in love right when they meet and, despite morality quarrels, never stop loving each other.
- Martial Pacifist: Bart, before he met Laurie. A sharpshooter who only shoots objects.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Bart.
- One Last Job: And it goes well! Except they later get tracked by bill numbers.
- Outlaw Couple: Main plot.
- Properly Paranoid: Laurie, at the end.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni - Laurie, Blue Oni - Bart.
- Run or Die: Near the end, when the police is instructed to shoot to kill.
- Spinning Paper: Or rather Zooming Papers with reports on their robberies.
- Stern Chase
- Trigger Happy: Laurie likes guns too much. It seems, for her shooting during the robbery is pleasure rather than necessity.
- Villain Protagonist
- William Telling: At the show where they meet, Laurie does this, and than Bart challenges her. During the contest, they do this to each other.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Averted. They actually use Bart's home, owned by his sister, as a last resort. They are surely not welcome there.