Girl with a Gun?
May 20, 2011 7:16 PM   Subscribe

I'm trying to remember the name of an American feature film from the late 1970s or 1980s. A quiet girl is the victim of violence so takes gun lessons and practises on a shooting range then (I think) takes revenge on her assailant. It's a thoughtful, rather than all action story though. The girl had short dark hair, at least while she's learning about guns. Sorry, that's all I can recall. Anyone have any ideas?
posted by joannemullen to Media & Arts (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A little later, but maybe The Professional?
posted by sanka at 7:28 PM on May 20, 2011

This does sound a lot like Ms. 45 (the girl is so 'quiet' she's actually mute) except I'm pretty sure there's no shooting range scene. You can watch the film here on YouTube.
posted by hot soup girl at 8:35 PM on May 20, 2011

Response by poster: It's not either of those but thanks for the suggestions. My rubbish memory recalls the shooting range was somewhere sunny, probably California. Ordinary girl, short dark hair, dark eyes, toughens up, takes shooting lessons, this is driving me nuts.
posted by joannemullen at 8:45 PM on May 20, 2011

I've just been sifting through lists of rape and revenge films and women's revenge films; I couldn't see anything that matched your description, but perhaps something will jog your memory?
posted by hot soup girl at 8:52 PM on May 20, 2011

Cat Ballou?
posted by spasm at 10:59 PM on May 20, 2011

Response by poster: No, it was contemporary. Sorry, I've been through the links but it's not them. This is probably impossible as I don't remember enough about it. I just have the freeze frame ending in my head. Thanks for the suggestions guys.
posted by joannemullen at 12:48 AM on May 21, 2011

La Femme Nikita?
posted by suedehead at 12:58 AM on May 21, 2011

She Said No?
posted by tel3path at 2:16 AM on May 21, 2011

Timing is totally wrong, but The Brave One?
posted by jon1270 at 2:23 AM on May 21, 2011

I saw this same film on late night TV when I was in England in 1994. I never caught the name of it and have never been able to find out what it was. I recall that the woman was raped at the beginning (by either a co-worker or her boss; she'd gone to his apartment for dinner and then things turned ugly) and then later she bought a gun and was learning to use it on a shooting range.
posted by Oriole Adams at 2:55 AM on May 21, 2011

Response by poster: That's the one Oriole, in fact that's probably exactly where and when I saw it. Maybe it was an American made for TV film, which is why it seems so obscure. It's not The Brave One or Nikiita or She Said No.
posted by joannemullen at 3:47 AM on May 21, 2011

Best answer: Handgun?
posted by tel3path at 4:03 AM on May 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Deep in the Heart, aka Handgun?
posted by Gator at 4:45 AM on May 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Handgun!!! I really think that's it. Thanks a lot guys.
posted by joannemullen at 5:08 AM on May 21, 2011

How about Jodie Foster in The Brave One
posted by tman99 at 11:37 AM on May 21, 2011

Woohoo! Thanks to tel3path and Gator - I've been hoping to see this film in its entirety for many years, and now I have a starting place.
posted by Oriole Adams at 12:15 PM on May 21, 2011

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