Parents' Guide to

Gun City

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Drama about corruption in 1920s Spain; language, violence.

Movie NR 2018 126 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+
gives a little insight into the moods and reasons for unrest of that time in that part of Spain

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This movie includes many clichés taken straight out of better gangster films, including The Godfather and Goodfellas. Teens old enough to bear the violence and sadism may find this too long and convoluted to follow. Characters threaten each other and then collaborate with each other. Anarchists, at first portrayed as working-class heroes trying to fight peacefully for better workplace conditions, turn on allies, showing themselves to be as power-hungry, violent, and corrupt as those they hope to unseat. Most troubling is that it may require substantial knowledge of early 20th-century Spanish history to truly understand the motivations of several key characters. Gun City suggests that politicians wanted bloodbaths in cities, allowing them to justify in the eyes of public opinion the presence of the military on city streets, ending with a military takeover of the Spanish government.

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