American Gun (2005)

Director
Aric Avelino

Main cast
Forest Whitaker; Marcia Gay Harden; Donald Sutherland; Lisa Long; Chris Warren, Jr.

Genres
Drama

Description
Seemingly disparate portraits of people -- among them a single mother, a high school principal, and an ace student -- Distinctly American -- all affected by the proliferation of guns in American society.


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