Heaven With A Gun

Country:  USA
Rating:8.0  Rate
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DirectorLee H. Katzin
Selected CastGlenn Ford as Jim Killian / Pastor Jim
 Carolyn Jones as Madge McCloud
 Barbara Hershey as Leloopa
 John Anderson as Asa Beck
 David Carradine as Coke Beck
 Noah Beery Jr. as Garvey
 J.D. Cannon as Mace
 Harry Townes as Gus Sampson

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30th Nov 2015
 Rated 8/10
I could swear this film played a heavy influence on Tom Laughlin's Billy Jack, which was released two years later. The latter film featured a character named Barbara (as in Hershey) whose droopy hippie-style appearance is similar, a violent rape scene, racial injustice towards Indians, and a main character who acts out his pacifism with brutal violence who is lectured by a strong woman for that very dichotomy. Hmmm.

Another interesting twist is that the MPAA awarded the film a G rating upon its release in 1969, despite heavy violence and a gratuitous shot of saloon girl Angelique Pettyjohn in the bedroom, something I was not expecting. And all of this was for a family audience?!? IMDb lists the rating as M, which was an early incantation of PG. Still...

Heaven with a Gun didn't seem like a likely contender for a digital release, but.is now available in the Warner Archive Collection. Despite some heavy-handed turns in the script, it's a highly enjoyable exploitation western.

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