If you can’t take the Heat…

In exchanging emails with a director about a feature he’d like me to do gun wrangling for, I found myself back on YouTube looking for the best trailer for CA$H (as it’s now called- originally released in a limited capacity under BULLETS, BLOOD & A FISTFUL OF CA$H). Interesting to see that there is now one up on YouTube under CA$H- identical cut to one of the earlier trailers, but brighter image.

…and what did I see over in the “related videos” sidebar but a review? Couldn’t resist, and was pleasantly surprised. Honestly, reaction has been mixed- some find it awful, some love the gritty writing and look or campy low budget feel it sometimes slips in to, or just are drawn to the hardcore nature of that take/genre. Still, I was floored when this guy said our shootouts (which I think I can take pretty large credit for) rivaled those in Heat.

I was actually disappointed by Heat as a movie when it came out- so much potential in putting DeNiro and Pachino up against each other- but the shootouts were great. I would love to be able to do the kind of prep they did for that shoot, just as an actor or stuntman even. It’s the kind of scenario-based training I found so fun at IDPA (which I’d love to try again some day), but built in to your actor training.

What did we do for training on CASH? An hour or two at a public range (with the typical rules about no rapid fire, no drawing and shooting, no moving while shooting, etc) , shooting mostly blanks, with about a quarter or less of the actors we ended up actually using.

For those looking for more movies that had good training and gun handling, regardless of overall movie quality:

The Way of the Gun


Punisher: War Zone

(also notable for having a female director who was insistent on and involved in the firearms training)

And there’s the Bourne movies, although that gets more interesting in the melee stuff.

…and those are just a few of the modern, semi-realistic type- things like Equilibriums fantastical gun fu re kinda a separate topic, as are non-fiction tactical firearms training dvds like those from Magpul Dyanamics (which win the prize for best cover art ever, and have great trailers, but I have yet to see).

So.. what’s on your list?



  1. Posted February 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Wow, very cool. Guns are not within my realm of expertise–I appreciate seeing this. 🙂

  2. Posted February 2, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    I very much enjoy “Proof of Life” for it’s plausibility, and attention to detail.

    Thanks Kevin!

    • Posted February 2, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Permalink

      Hadn’t seen that one, thanks.
      There’s plenty out there with nice little touches, of course… the chamber check diCaprio does in Blood Diamond, the hearing loss in Black Hawk Down, pretty much anything that remembers to show reloads…

  3. Posted February 13, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Here’s another good one:

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