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Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane [Import]

Mike Maas , Nick Fenske , Joe Carnahan    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Sid (Joe Carnahan) and Bob (Dan Leis) are a couple of fast-talking but nonetheless incompetent car salesmen who are in debt up to their necks and have just been served a notice evicting them from their lot. Salvation arrives in the form of a burgundy Pontiac Le Mans convertible; all they have to do is watch it for two days and they'll get paid $250,000. But once they have the car on their hands, the whole thing starts to smell like a setup, and they get second thoughts. Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane owes a sizable debt to Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction) and David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, House of Games), which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Made on the cheap--the visual quality varies and half the crew is also in the cast, including writer-director-editor Carnahan)--Blood, Guts, Bullets & Octane cuts back and forth in time with energy, shifting between crooks blowing each other away and methodical FBI agents tracking them down. Scenes are framed by titles like "White Trash Trigger" and "Coldblooded Hotheads." In the end it amounts to little more than a lurid shaggy dog story, but fans of gunplay and pop-culture quips will have a good time along the way. --Bret Fetzer

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I was expecting bigger and better things from writer and director Joe Carnahan because he did infact write and direct NARC! Carnahan plays the mouthy, bad talking, macho Sid French and that other guy plays his partner. A lot of bad acting equals to miscasting. The black cop was annoying. The funniest guy was Vernon who was saying his guy friend had sexual relations with Johnny Cash. A tour-de-force of bad camera work mixed with bad editing and a wooden and stilled supporting cast. I think this tries to echoe into the realm of Quentin Tarantino but it never goes anywhere. A total waste of my time
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Comedy Classic!!! Dec 26 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
This comedy is undoubtedly a forgotten comedy classic about two used car salesmen who get into mischeif when they keeep a certain car on their lot.It's a must see!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goes a Long Way July 11 2000
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This is a good example of how someone can take a tiny budget, a fun idea, a skeletal story and a cast/crew of unknowns and whip together something fun and exciting. It's better than a lot of other action movies out there (although there are no typical ugly special affects, e.g., pyrotechnics, bullets bursting through bodies, etc.) The banter between the protagonists is a mixture of Quentin Tarrentino meets caffienated salesmen.
I don't know any of the cast, but most of them have lots of charisma.
Some may grouse that this movie was too self-conciously indie, too derivative of Resevoir Dogs or is just an ambitious person's calling card - but in my mind, it puts a lot of big movies to shame. It's certainly better than anything that goes direct to video.
If you wanted to improve this movie (remember, we're dealing with newbies here), the FBI personnel were used to tell the story. Their role as the storytellers was a little wooden, too obvious and not all that necessary - so I would trim their parts down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Butter Baby! Feb. 9 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I see this movie listed as one of the best of indie-film for'99. I never heard of it, so I track it down, watch it and amsummarily blown away. Top-notch acting and directing (especially good is G-man Ken Rudulph and harried lemon-lot hustler Dan Leis as Bob) Strong recommendations from somebody who sees a lot of bad videos, this one is a rare bird, and great! END
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Indie Classic Nov. 20 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is a movie destined to be remembered and rented for years to come! The story is clever and the writing is superb! I don't know what this guy has up his sleeve next, but I'm sure it will be one you don't want to miss!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie Nov. 9 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
I was waiting for this thing to be some El Mariachi clone, but it was funnier than hell. Some of the writing in this thing was better than most of the big comedies I've seen. Nice work all around.
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