Handgun

Happen to watch this 24 hours after the tragic mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. Wasn’t expecting this film to be an anti-gun film but I guess I should have expected more than a generic rape/revenge from Tony Garnett. Garnett was a producer on Loach’s KES and Family Life... then went on to direct Prostitute, a very interesting hybrid film about sex work. 

Anyhow, it’s very interesting to see this Texas based story directed by a Brit. The film is extremely critical of US gun policy and the country’s obsession with firearms. And this was made in 1983. So sad that so little has changed. 

Karen Young is very good. Much stronger than her co-star. 

Watched the Anchor Bay 2002 DVD.  In serious need of restoration. Hopefully a new Blu is on the way.