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The Gunfighter (2014)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Western | 2 April 2017 (Russia)
In the tradition of classic westerns, a narrator sets up the story of a lone gunslinger who walks into a saloon. However, the people in this saloon can hear the narrator and the narrator may just be a little bit bloodthirsty.

Director:

Eric Kissack

Writer:

Kevin Tenglin
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Cast overview:
Shawn Parsons ... The Gunfighter
Scott Beehner ... Tommy Henderson
Brace Harris ... Johnny Henderson
Eileen O'Connell ... Sally
Jordan Black ... Sam
Timothy Brennen ... Bill Jessup
Travis Lincoln Cox Travis Lincoln Cox ... Elijah Jessup
Schoen Hodges ... Gabriel Jessup
Circus-Szalewski ... Ned Schilling (as Circus Szalewski)
Chet Nelson Chet Nelson ... Farmer Valentine
Keith Biondi ... Mr. McCullers
Nick Offerman ... The Narrator (voice)
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In the dusty sun-baked West, in a cheap and smelly old saloon filled with a motley assortment of typical scoundrels, enters a solitary thirsty gunslinger, and although this may be true, he is not entirely alone. Mysteriously, the husky masculine voice of an invisible narrator accompanies the pale and tall gunman on his every step, describing explicitly his next move, revealing more and more, little by little. But why should they trust the "voice", furthermore, as it is widely known that nobody likes spoilers, why won't this all-knowing sadist stop spilling the beans? Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Comedy | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 2017 (Russia) See more »

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[first lines]
The Narrator: The weary gunfighter walked slowly through the saloon. The long miles from Cheyenne had taken their toll.
The Gunfighter: Who's sayin' that stuff?
The Narrator: He scanned the room with a suspicious eye. Years on the run from the law had taught him that a tough man could get out of a situation, but a smart man never gets himself into one.
The Gunfighter: Please quit doin' that. I just want to have a shot of whiskey in peace.
The Narrator: But the gunfighter would find no peace for the Henderson boys were waiting in the corner to kill him ...
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Very funny and keeps the joke moving well
23 June 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I'm not a big fan of narration in films since too often it seems to be a tool to tell the audience what the film isn't able to deliver without help. In this case we have a gunslinger enter a saloon in the ol' West – he does so and is surprised to find that his every thought is being spoken out loud by an unseen voice. The narrator continues this with the others in the saloon, which seems only to increase the tensions and the chance of a balletic shootout of death occurring.

There is really one joke to this short film and it becomes very clear early on what that joke is. Basically we have the narrator talking through everyone's intentions as if he were writing them and providing the context and detail only an author would know. This means the intentions of those in the saloon start to come out – so for example when a character denies planning to kill someone, the narrator adds "he lied" at the end. So this is the joke and looking at the 10 minute running time, I did wonder if it could make it, since I saw that I had 'got it' only 3 minutes in.

Fortunately the film is funny enough and creative enough with the idea that it makes it work for the whole time. The breaking of the genre and fourth wall plays very well as it manages to have its cake and eat it, with a genre heart while the rest break convention in various ways. It helps that it plays it well as a western, with a good feel for the genre and a professional production all round. The performances make the most of the well-written material but it is the unseen Offerman (Parks & Rec) that gets the best of it, and his delivery and timing is really well done (although of course the timing is helped by the edit). Those in the scene play it out well, with comedic performances and generally good delivery of their lines.

It may be one joke but it is a joke that is played with and delivered in a creative and engaging way, making it a funny and entertaining short film with good solid laughs throughout.


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