Love and a .45

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Love and a .45
Theatrical release poster
Directed byC.M. Talkington
Produced byDarin Scott
Written byC.M. Talkington
Music byTom Verlaine
The Reverend Horton Heat
CinematographyTom Richmond
Edited byBob Ducsay
Distributed byTrimark Pictures
Release date
  • November 23, 1994 (1994-11-23)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$35,200

Love and a .45 is a 1994 road movie starring Gil Bellows and Renée Zellweger.[1]


A young couple in love — Watty Watts and Starlene — are planning a convenience store robbery. The next day, they are paid a visit by Creepy Cody and Dinosaur Bob, collectors for a local mobster whom Watty has borrowed money from to buy an engagement ring for Starlene. They inform Watty that he must get the money very soon. This is followed by a visit by Watts' drug-addicted former prison buddy, Billy Mack Black, who has a plan for a big score. Against the wishes of Starlene, Watty goes along with the plot and the robbery turns deadly when Billy shoots and kills the stoned clerk.

Following the murder, Billy pulls his gun on Watty and forces him to go to a restaurant to eat breakfast, where Billy pulls his gun on Watty again. Fearing for his life, Watty attacks Billy with a fork and escapes. He then returns to his trailer and Starlene. He asks her to marry him and tells her they have to flee to Mexico. They are then paid a visit by two police officers, who try to kill them as revenge for the murder and robbery. Starlene manages to shoot one of the officers, who accidentally shoots the other one, and the couple escape.

They then make their way toward Mexico pursued by Billy Mack, Bob and Creepy and the police. The two are romanticized in the crime-obsessed media and become celebrities. On the way they stop in to see Starlene's parents, Thaylene and Vergil, who are later found by Billy, Bob and Creepy, leading to a violent showdown in which all are killed except Billy.

Billy catches up with Watty and Starlene and the three of them cross into Mexico together. There the three engage in a showdown in which Starlene eventually kills Billy by injecting him with an overdose of high-powered speed.

The two lovers take some liquid LSD given to them by Starlene's father and drive off into the sunset to start a new life.




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