Gun (TV series)

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Created byJames Steven Sadwith
Opening theme"Happiness Is a Warm Gun" by U2
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes6
Executive producerRobert Altman
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesSadwith Productions
Sandcastle 5 Productions
The Kushner-Locke Company
Original release
ReleaseApril 12 (1997-04-12) –
May 31, 1997 (1997-05-31)

Gun is an American television anthology series which followed a gun as it was passed from owner to owner. The show aired on ABC on Saturday nights from April 12 to May 31, 1997. The series lasted six episodes, each directed by a well-known director, before being cancelled.


Each episode involves a pearl-handled.45 semi-automatic pistol as an important part of the plot. The characters in each episode are completely different and unrelated to those who appear in other episodes. The series was produced by Robert Altman and attracted numerous recognizable stars including Fred Ward, Kathy Baker, Carrie Fisher, Daryl Hannah, Randy Quaid, Martin Sheen and James Gandolfini in his first television role.


No.TitleDirected byOriginal air dateProd.
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1"The Shot"James FoleyApril 12, 1997 (1997-04-12)TBA
A family moving from Los Angeles has their life turned upside down when thugs try to rob the convenience store where they have briefly stopped. This episode uses the same technique as the story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.
Cast : John Asher, Dwayne Adway, Erick Avari, Kathy Baker, Ed Begley Jr., Adam Clark, Clint Howard, Kathy Ireland, Suzanne Krull, Clayton Landey, Lawrence LeJohn, Reggie McFadden, Zachary McLemore, Santos Morales, Andrew Shaifer, Daniel Stern, Kathleen Sullivan, Alek Talevich, Dara Tomanovich, Eddie Velez, Tom Verica, Donald Willis.
2"Ricochet"Peter HortonApril 19, 1997 (1997-04-19)106
The last case for retiring cop Van Guinness involves the death of a Japanese businessman. Circumstantial evidence points to the man's cold-hearted second wife, but Van Guinness can't make a move until he finds the murder weapon.
Cast : Kirk Baltz, Bud Cort, Ken Enomoto, Tess Harper, Jim Ishida, Jeremy Jordan, Jim Lau, Ken Lerner, Tawny Little, Chris McDonald, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Saemi Nakamura, Setsuko Niwa Fuji, William Lee Scott, Martin Sheen, Nancy Travis, Wil Wheaton, Albert Wong.
3"Columbus Day"James Steven SadwithMay 3, 1997 (1997-05-03)TBA
A housewife drifts into an affair with an author suffering from writer's block. Complicating matters is her overprotective husband, who owns a gun that, unbeknownst to him, could be used as evidence against a terrorist.
Cast : Rosanna Arquette, James Gandolfini, Peter Horton, Chaim Jerrafi, Tim deZarn, Jack McGee, Tom Wright, Wayne Ward, Rolando Molina, Gerry Black, Steve Callas, James DiStefano, Alexander Folk, Stephen Liska, Akiko Morison, Skip O'Brien, Chelsea Russo, Michael Yama.
4"All the President's Women"Robert AltmanMay 10, 1997 (1997-05-10)102
After the death of a golf-club president, womanizer Bill Johnson is elected the new leader. But though he's now in charge at the club, he's losing his grip on the many women he's seeing.
Cast : Daryl Hannah, Sally Kellerman, Tina Lifford, Randy Quaid, Jennifer Tilly, Sean Young, Robert André, Dirk Blocker, John Considine, Nicolas Coster, Robert Do'Qui, Dina Spybey, Troy D. Bryant, Kathryn Tucker.
5"The Hole"Ted DemmeMay 24, 1997 (1997-05-24)103
A young man leads a tortured existence after apparently killing his lover.
Cast : Rutanya Alda, Drake Bell, Cliff Bemis, Bill Bolender, Polly Cusumano, Ted Demme, Greg Dulli, Kirsten Dunst, Troy Evans, Carrie Fisher, Max Gail, Donal Logue, Ken Ober, Joe Pichler, Leon Rippy, Gregory Sporleder, Johnny Whitworth.
6"Father John"Jeremiah S. ChechikMay 31, 1997 (1997-05-31)TBA
A priest's cynical nephew returns home for his uncle's funeral. But his hero worship turns to intense curiosity when he discovers a large sum of money and a gun among his uncle's possessions.
Cast : Brooke Adams, Maria Conchita Alonso, Angela Alvarado, Adriano González, Edward James Olmos, Tony Plana, Loyda Ramos, Fred Ward, Mel Winkler.

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  1. ^ From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Gun, episode"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-06-24.

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